Joined: Apr 2005
Apr 16, 2005 06:50 modified on Apr 15, 2008 05:59
I encourage visitors to this website to get out and enjoy and discover the Massachusetts State Park sytem, now known as the Department of Conservaton and Recreation (DCR), where many of the improvements of the CCC program are still evident. Some of the parks are listed on the previous page, and there are many more special places with stunning sites, like Eliot Tower in Blue Hills Reservation and Raycroft Lookout in Monroe State Forest.
Although the Army was responsible for the organization in the CCC camp, it was a Tree Army of peace; the US Forest Service and National Park Service coordinated field projects: design and construction of the foot trails, access roads, signage, gates, pavilions, lean-to shelters, stonework bridges, dams, campgrounds, picnic areas, wildlife managnent areas, insect pest control, timber stand improvment, etc...
The Cs contributed immensely to the pioneer ski industry in New England, building downhill ski slopes like the challenging Thunderbolt Trail on Mt. Greylock, Shadow Trail in Pittsfield SF and Beartown SF, all requiring the skier to hike up the mountain for the ride down. These areas generally become obsolete by the 1950s with introduction of modern ski lifts and smowmaking.
These were incredible and lasting accomplishments for the public benefit, not to mention the incredible experience and work ethic imparted on this generation of 3 million men nationwide; when you consider to these men, at that time, it was just "another day, another dollar."