It was a different time, when the CCC built South Carolina’s state parks. It was 1933. President Franklin Roosevelt sent legislation to Congress aimed at providing relief for unemployed American workers. He proposed the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to provide jobs in natural resource conservation. A year later, South Carolina would have a state park system that would impact not only that generation, but generations to come. Over the next decade, the CCC put more than three million young men to work throughout the nation, planting trees, conserving both private and federal land and building parks. South Carolina’s state parks were indeed built by the “greatest generation.” With projects in every U.S. state and territory, “Roosevelt’s Tree Army” lived in camps and received a wage of $30 per month, $25 of which they were required to send home to their families. It was more than a work program; in the evenings enrollees took advantage of classes offered in subjects from current events to welding. It was more than a work program; its influence would affect park management and park visitors for the next 80 years.
“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”
Sir Isaac Newton
See you in the parks!