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Shenandoah National Park Co-Hosts 79th Civilian Conservation Corps Reunion

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Date: September 18, 2012

Shenandoah National Park, along with the Barlow family of Stanley, Virginia, will be co-hosting the 79th Annual Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Alumni Reunion on September 29, 2012.The public is invited to meet with Alumni and hear first-hand about their experiences. Alumni reunion events will take place at the Big Meadows Lodge Massanutten Room beginning at 9:00 a.m. with remarks from park superintendent Martha Bogle.

The Civilian Conservation Corps was established in 1933 as a work relief program, putting young men to work in Federal and State lands during the Great Depression.CCC camps were first established at Skyland (NP-1) and Big Meadows (NP-2) in May 1933, and from 1933 to 1942 the park supervised the work of 11 CCC camps.The Skyland and Big Meadows Camps were the first in the National Park Service and were visited by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in August 1933.During the course of the New Deal program over 1,200 "boys" a year worked to build facilities and create the landscape of the park.The park we see today would not exist without the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Visitors wishing to learn more about the CCC should stop by the Byrd Visitor Center and explore the highly interactive exhibit, "Within a Day's Drive of Millions." This exhibit tells the story of Shenandoah's establishment and development including the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps.Visitors can also view a free film entitled The CCC Boys.

Entrance fees to Shenandoah National Park will be waived on September 29 in celebration of National Public Lands Day.

Did You Know?

o	The leathery grape fern, one of the rare plants in Big Meadows, has a fertile frond bearing small grapelike clusters of spore cases.

Shenandoah National Park has 431 rare plant populations representing 66 rare plant species. The highest concentration of these is in the park’s Big Meadows area