Civilian Conservation Corps 80th Anniversary Event
Contact: Sugarlands Visitor Center, (865) 436-1291
In honor of the 80th anniversary of the establishment of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a special day of commemorative activities on Saturday, September 14. The day’s events will take place in and around the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All the activities are free to the public.
The activities will include an interpretive program, a panel discussion, and a walk to the site of one of the park’s many CCC camps. The schedule includes:
The CCC was established in 1933 as a federal work project during the Great Depression, employing young men in conservation work on federal and state lands. The program provided gainful employment and education to the enrollees from all over the country while also providing much-needed work on public lands throughout the nation. In Great Smoky Mountains National Park, as many as 4,000 enrollees were assigned to 22 CCC camps at various times from 1933-1942, building roads, trails, fire towers, and structures. The legacy of the CCC is enormous, and the work of these young men remains clearly evident today.
“Evidence of work by the Civilian Conservation Corps can be seen everywhere you travel in Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” said Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson. “Roads, trails, and bridges built by the CCC in the 1930s are used every day by our visitors. I look forward to welcoming the members of this historic group who have left an indelible legacy, not only on this park, but the entire nation.”
Did You Know?
Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the park. This equals a population density of approximately two bears per square mile. Bears can be found throughout the park, but are easiest to spot in open areas such as Cades Cove and Cataloochee Valley. More...