The Civilian Conservation Corps

    The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a voluntary public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men.[1] It was one of the most influential conservation movements in the history of the United States. The Corps did a lot for the improvement of America's landscape, especially in Virginia and without it, many public lands in Virginia would not exist today. While many of the ideas may sound alarming to the modern environmentalist. Many of their ideas were the first large scale environmental movement in American history. Nearly 3 million young men joined the movement to take to better opportunities during the Great Depression.[2] Little did they know their legacy would lead to one of the landscape shifts in human history.[3] It leads to the democratization of nature.[4]

1.Neil M. Maher, Nature's New Deal: the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement (New York, Oxford University Press, 2008), pg.3-10





Gavin Poag