The Civilian Conservation Corps: Protecting Oregon's Resources


In response to the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created many programs designed to put America back to work. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), one of the first emergency agencies, was established in early 1933. The CCC's mission was two-fold: to reduce unemployment, especially among young men; and to preserve the nation's natural resources.

President Roosevelt recommended that the CCC operate in cooperation with and under the technical supervision of the War Department, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Labor. Other agencies such as the Office of Education and the United States Veterans Administration also played a role. Many CCC projects centered around forestry, flood control, prevention of soil erosion, and fighting forest fires.

Silver Creek Falls and the CCC

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