Monthly Archives: May 2017

Before Earth Day, There Was the CCC!

Chet Nolte, left, and Dick Henderson with Woodsy Owl at the Evergreen Earth Day Fair.

Chet Nolte, left, and Dick Henderson with Woodsy Owl at the Evergreen Earth Day Fair.

Among notable CCC alumni slogans in the 1980s and 1990s, “Before Earth Day, There Was the CCC” ranked high, along with “Bring Back the CCCs.” Connecting modern environmental awareness with the work of CCC companies in the 1930s made good sense, as many camp projects were aimed at improving our nation’s forests, fighting soil erosion, and building parks. For many, the Conservation Corps workers are best known for planting trees—21,848,085 of them in Colorado alone!


CCC exhibit on display at the Evergreen Earth Day Fair, 1997 or 1998.

CCC exhibit on display at the Evergreen Earth Day Fair, 1997 or 1998.

Allying Earth Day with CCC alumni was a natural idea, and in about 1997-98, Chapter 7 attended the Evergreen Earth Day Fair, with an educational exhibit promoting their activities and the accomplishments of the original CCC. Several Chapter 7 members enjoyed talking with guests throughout the day, as well as celebrating with Earth Day representatives Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl.

Earth Day just isn’t the same without you! We miss our alumni friends!

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