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Tree planting Civilian Conservation Corps crew posed for photo, Minnesota.jpg

Tree planting Civilian Conservation Corps crew posed for photo, Minnesota

Most CCC camps were located in Minnesota’s forest lands, and much of the work focused on planting trees and other restoration projects. The CCC in northern Minnesota also built trails, footbridges, and shelters for state parks that visitors continue to use today.

Civilian Conservation Corps crew receiving instructions on how to use marine pump to fight forest fires, Minnesota.jpg

Civilian Conservation Corps crew receiving instructions on how to use marine pump to fight forest fires, Minnesota

According to Sommers (2008), the CCC established thirteen new state forests in 1933. CCC enrollees, she notes, “planted trees, did forest and land surveys, conserved marshland and hunting preserves, built administrative and other structures, and worked on fire prevention projects, including fighting forest fires” (p. 83).

Civilian Conservation Corps crew working on East Bearskin Road, north of Grand Marais, Minnesota.jpg

Civilian Conservation Corps crew working on East Bearskin Road, north of Grand Marais, Minnesota

Over nearly ten years, the CCC planted millions of trees in Minnesota. Men in the northern camps also cleared logged timber stands to promote healthy tree growth. One enrollee described this work: “We thinned the forest. In some cases where trees were starting to die, we could cut them down and bring them in.” To do this work, teams would have to build trails and roads to bring in machinery and other equipment. 

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