The CCC lives!

Wow, I didn’t know that the CCC still existed (where’ve I been?). According to a recent article from the Elkhorn Slough Foundation, it certainly does exist. In fact, the Governor nearly dismantled the organization in 2009, but it was saved, thanks to the efforts of its advocates. It’s no longer the Civilian Conservation Corps originally formed in the 1930s, however. It’s now the California Conservation Corps. They are planting a “massive” amount of acorns on the El Chamisal Ranch property, in an experiment that is supposed to help fill in a 12 ft. deep gully. The youthful workers of the corps (many are from at-risk populations) do hard, often exhausting, yet very useful work for minimal pay, although they have access to scholarships and can continue their education through the program. I wonder what kind of stories the current crop of CCC workers have to tell? Here’s a video report about the history of the “CCC – then and now}:

The CCC website.

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