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2013 marks 80th anniversary of Civilian Conservation Corps creation

By on April 22nd, 2013

In celebration of Earth Day, Americorps is seeking volunteers to help in a marsh preserve shoreline planting project at Yellow River on April 26 and 27.

Americorps is a nationwide program that seeks to meet critical needs of various communities.

The program is inspired by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal agency put in place by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1933. The CCC recruited young men ages 17-25 to work on recreation parks across the country, including some in Florida.

Americorps is asking volunteers to contact them to come out and help them plant over 4000 shoreline plants in celebration of Earth Day.

March 31 marked the 80th anniversary of the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The CCC was designed to provide relief work for young men during the Great Depression through conservation and development projects across the country, including some of Florida’s state parks. Although the CCC was closed down in 1942, the program’s legacy can still be seen in some of Florida’s wilderness.

The original ranger station at Gold Head State Park in Keystone Heights that was built by the CCC and is still in use today.

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The original ranger station at Gold Head State Park in Keystone Heights that was built by the CCC and is still in use today.

A tributary of the Suwannee River, which runs under Suspension Bridge at O'Leno.

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A tributary of the Suwannee River, which runs under Suspension Bridge at O'Leno.

According to the O'Leno State Park lore, this suspension bridge was built by the CCC when they were building the park during the Great Depression.

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According to the O'Leno State Park lore, this suspension bridge was built by the CCC when they were building the park during the Great Depression.

According to the O'Leno State Park lore, this suspension bridge was built by the CCC when they were building the park during the Great Depression.

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According to the O'Leno State Park lore, this suspension bridge was built by the CCC when they were building the park during the Great Depression.


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