Site No.9: The Tree Army - A Drive-By

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Just to your right are the remnants of a pine plantation that has a story that will take us back in time to the 1930’s.  It was the great depression and President Roosevelt had plans to get people back to work.  One of those programs was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which put young men to work on various conservation projects around the US.  One of their jobs was to plant millions of trees, reforesting lands once cleared by the timber industry.  The CCC was sometimes called “the Tree Army”.

Tree Army

In Michigan, tree planting was the major reforestation project.  More than 485 million seedlings were planted.  Fire fighting, timber stand improvement, disease and insect control, and the reintroduction of natural game such as deer and turkey were also major accomplishments.  More than 102,000 men from the state were enrolled and more than 97,000 men served in Michigan.  The projects they completed and structures they built still stand today.

The CCC provided an opportunity to work for millions of men.  It was disbanded on June 30, 1942, as the men were needed elsewhere with the United States’ entry into the Second World War.

 

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