Radio Made in Michigan
1:06 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps explores new funding

The CCC taught 3 million young, unmarried men how to build and maintain outdoor recreational areas. In turn, it gave them stable employment.
The CCC taught 3 million young, unmarried men how to build and maintain outdoor recreational areas. In turn, it gave them stable employment.
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In 1933, America was in the grip of the Great Depression.  Facing the specter of economic ruin,  President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted a number of federal recovery programs, which came to be known as “Alphabet Soup.”  One of those was the CCC or the Civilian Conservation Corps

 Today, the program is much smaller, and the state of Michigan is looking to a new funding model to keep it alive.  Ron Olson, Chief of the Parks and Recreation Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, explains the CCC and what issues they are facing. 

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