Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)
The objectives of the Civilian Conservation Corps were two-fold; utilization of the country's human resources and conservation of the country's physical resources. These objectives were realized by employing thousands of young men between the ages of 18 and 25 in jobs that were a benefit to conservation, restoration and protection of forests, control of soil erosion and flood control, development of public parks, recreational and historic areas, wild life conservation and other useful public works. The Department of War was responsible for physical examination, enrollment, equipping and conditioning of the men. The Departments of Agriculture and the Interior were responsible for the selection and planning of work projects on national forests, parks, monuments, soil erosion control and the supervision of all projects on state and private lands and state parks. The North Carolina Emergency Relief oversaw local selecting agencies throughout the state to execute the details necessary to placing the men in camps. Of the total 66 camps, 28 were assigned to forest protection and preservation, 22 to soil erosion control, 9 to park projects, 3 to military reservations, 1 to wild life conservation and 3 to Tennessee Valley Authority projects.
List of Images:
- CCC Workers planting trees in western NC, c.1936.
- North tunnel portal from station, 1939.
- Grading and dumping station, 1941.
- Truck and road paving machines on parkway.
- Road crew cutting away the side of a mountain, possibly in preparation of a tunnel.
- Memo about the requirements for the Civilian Conservation Corps.
- Pamphlet announcing completing of the Blue Ridge Parkway.