Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Law and Legal Definition

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program which employed young men to perform unskilled work in rural areas; under United States Army supervision. It began in 1933 and ended in 1942. It was designed to provide relief for unemployed youth who had a very hard time finding jobs during the Great Depression while implementing a general natural resource conservation program on public lands in every U.S. state, including other territories. It promoted forestry, the prevention of soil erosion, flood control and similar projects.

The volunteers of the program planted nearly 3 billion trees to help reforest America, constructed more than 800 parks nationwide that became the start of most state parks, developed forest fire fighting methods and a network of thousands of miles of public roadways, and constructed buildings connecting the nation's public lands.

The CCC was the most popular program among the general public, providing jobs for a total of 3 million young men from families on relief. The CCC also led to provide awareness and appreciation of the outdoors and the nation's natural resources to the city youth. The CCC was never a permanent program and depended on emergency and temporary legislation for its existence. The program had been reduced in operations as the depression period waned and employment opportunities improved