Sunday marked 80 years since the creation of the U.S. Civilian Conservation Corps. On March 31, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law his first "alphabet soup" New Deal initiative. For nine years, from 1933 to 1942, the CCC gave more than 4 million American men and women employment. They fought forest fires, replanted nearly 4 billion trees and provided disaster relief. The CCC demonstrated that there was no conflict between the preservation of the environment and the creation of jobs.
The 21st Century CCC Act has been sponsored by U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio. The nonprofit Civilian Conservation Corps Initiative Inc. urges Americans to contact their representatives to support renewing this program for future generations.
Jay D. Alexander, St. Petersburg