Civilian Conservation Corps topic of talk May 21


UTICA — Join the Oneida County History Center and the Tug Hill Commission for “Built to Last: The Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the Tug Hill Region.”

A series of speakers and panel discussions will cover the history of the CCC and the heritage of the program that is still with us today.

The program will take place at the center, 1608 Genesee St., on Saturday, May 21, at 1 p.m.

The CCC, fondly known as Roosevelt’s Tree Army, was a public works program developed under President Roosevelt’s New Deal.

This program offered paid opportunities for young men during the Great Depression to sow the seeds of environmental conservation and civil development projects throughout the United States.

Participants will also hear first-hand experience from a former CCC member about life at CCC camps in the Tug Hill Region and how the CCC provided a framework for AmeriCorps, Excelsior Conservation Corps, and the Student Conservation Corps, which are currently involved in projects on state land throughout the region.

The program concludes with a discussion hosted by the Tug Hill Commission staff. Participants include Charles Vandrei, Archeologist NYSDEC Division of Lands and Forests, Ann Harrison, Chief, Bureau of Environmental Education at NYSDEC, Maria Cipullo, Thousand Islands Regional Trails Coordinator.

This program is also available virtually via Zoom — for more information, go online to


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