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Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) planting.  During the Great Depression of the 1930s, President Roosevelt established many relief programs.  One of these programs was the Civilian Conservation Corps, which combined the need to conserve natural resources and the need to improve the quality of life for many Americans.  Across the nation, hundreds of thousands of men were employed by the CCC to clear land, construct dams, and improve parks.  By the end of the Depression, over two million men had worked for the CCC.  In 1939, 200,000 evergreens were planted by the CCC here at Echo Hill.  Many of these evergreens came down during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. 

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes