Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work program created as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal initiative. The CCC operated from 1933 to 1942 to provide unemployed, unmarried men who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression with employment doing manual labor. CCC projects were designed to promote the conservation of natural resources in public lands owned by federal, state and local governments.

In nine years of operation 2.5 million young men were employed by the CCC. Notable alumni of the CCC include actors Walter Matthau and Raymond Burr, baseball legend Stan Musial, 4-Star Admiral Hyman G. Rickover and test pilot Chuck Yeager.

Nationwide, the CCC constructed more than 800 parks and upgraded many state parks, including: