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CCC and Morrison Camp in the News

In October, Colorado Public Radio published a new story asking “Is It Time For A 21st-Century Civilian Conservation Corps?” Our answer has always been a resounding “YES!” Reactivating a CCC-style program has long been on the agenda of alumni groups nationwide, and Denver’s Chapter 7 was active in supporting and promoting the concept.

The article by Sam Brasch includes his interview with DMP Ranger Gwen Ganow, who updated him on developments at the Mt. Morrison Camp (SP-13) where DMP is headquartered. Jacob Ware, chief of Elk Creek Fire Protection District near Conifer, provided further thoughts on how a new federal CCC-inspired program of national service could help with fire mitigation in his area.

AmeriCorps NCCC crew working in Red Rocks Park.

Denver Mountain Parks, whose extensive involvement with the 1930s CCC influenced most of its parks, has also continued partnering with organizations that have followed the CCC legacy. Since its inception in 1993, AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) teams have worked for Mountain Parks refurbishing historic buildings, thinning forests, building new structures and trails, and even pulling weeds. Locally based Mile High Youth Corps has also been actively involved in DMP projects over the years.

As the alumni groups have been telling us since the 1990s, it’s time to “Bring Back the CCCs”!


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!