John McCutcheon "The Boys In Green" from the CD "Untold"

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Soldier Soldier planting tree seedlings in Montana.


The Civilian Conservation Corps Initiative (CCCI) is a grassroots non-profit, bi-partisan organization, with a  proposal to the American People and our Members of Congress to re-establish the enormously successful all public sector initiative the  United States Civilain Conservation Corps (CCC) as a large scale investment by the US Government in our Nation's human and natural capital that the 32nd President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt launched in 1933 in the height of the Great Depression.  
CCCI avocates the passage and the policy of HR 2066 - the 21st Century CCC Act that would authorize the President to re-establish the 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps as a means of providing gainful employment to unemployed and underemployed citizens of the United States through the performance of useful public works, and for other purposes. 

The revitalized CCC would enroll up to 300,0000 thousand young single adult Americans (17-28) in all 50 states, Native America, and U S Territories, putting them to work on the huge backlog of reconstruction projects so urgently needed on over 700 million acres of both urban and rural public lands across our country. Let’s put American’s to work on jobs that really need to be done, building national assets for future generations.


The purpose of human life is to serve,
and to show compassion and the will to help others.               
                                                                                                                   Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself.
Forests are the lungs of our land,
purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ~ FDR

                  S H O V E L

S – is for the spuds we got for breakfast.
H – is for the home we seldom see.
O – is for the onions that they feed us.
V -  is for this verse composed by me.
E -  is for the end of my enlistment.
L – is for the last they’ll see of me.
Put them all together the spell SHOVEL
The emblem of the CCC.

Fort Lewis CCC songbook, 1934

CCC enrollees using picks and shovels, Maryland, 1933

"I propose to create a civilian conservation corps to be used in forestry, the prevention of soil erosion, flood control and similar projects . . . More important, however, than the material gains from their labors will be the moral and spiritual value of such work."   FDR's message to Congress, March 21, 1933