CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS FACTS

Lest We Forget

     The following was provided by the NACCCA.  It is a list of numerous data on CCC makeup and accomplishments.  Where appropriate I will augment with data learned from the work on my page.  Feel free to add your comments as well.

Duration of Program: April 5, 1933 to June 30, 1942

Nicknames: "Roosevelt's Tree Army", "Tree Troopers", "Soil Soldiers", "CCC's", "Colossal College of Calluses"

Total Men Enrolled: 3,463,766

Juniors, Veterans and Native American Enrollees: 2,876,638

Territorial Enrollees: 50,000 (estimated)

Non-Enrolled Personnel: 263,755

Average Enrollee: 18 to 19 years old, 147 pounds, 5'8 1/4" tall

Average Weight Gain of Enrollee in First Three Months: 11.5 pounds

Well-known Actor Enrolled in CCC: Raymond Burr, Camp Whitmore, California

Other Notable Alumni: Congressman Edward R. Roybal

Number of Illiterate Enrollees Taught to Read: more than 40,000

Average Number of Camps Operating in U.S. Per Year: 1,643

Total Number of Different Camps: 4,500

Highest Elevation of CCC Camp: 9,200 feet above sea level, in Colorado

Lowest Elevation of CCC Camp: 270 feet below sea level, Death Valley, California

Camp Locations: Every state in Union, plus Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

Total cost: 3 billion dollars

Approximate Cost Per Enrollee Per Year in 1940 for Food, Clothing, Overhead, Allotments to Dependents: $1,000

Allotments to Dependments: $662,895,000

Number of People Directly Benefited From Enrollees' Checks: 12 to 15 million

Value of Work in 1942 Dollars: 2 billion dollars

Miles of Roads Built: 125,000

Miles of Telephone Lines Strung: 89,000

Miles of Foot Trails Built: 13,100

Farmland Benefited From Erosion Control Projects: 40 million acres

Stream and Lake Bank Protection: 154 million square yards

Range Revegetation: 814,000 acres

Fire Fighting Day: more than 6 million

Number of Enrollees Who Died Fighting Fires: 29

Overall Death Rate: 2.25 per thousand

State Parks Developed: 800

Public Campground Developed: 52,000 acres

Mosquito Control: 248,000 acres

Number Fish Stocked: 972 million

Historic Restoration: 3,980 structures

Number of Trees Planted: between 2 and 3 billion

Number of Conservation-Related Work Days: 7,135,000

Federal Departments Administering the Program: Agriculture, Interior, Labor, War

Total Number of Federal Government Agencies Participating in Some Capacity: 25

Unofficial Motto of the CCC: "We Can Take It!"

Sources: Stan Cohen, 1960, The Tree Army: A Pictorial History of the Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933-1942: Pictorial Histories Publishing Co., 713 S. Third W, Missoula, Montana 59801

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