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During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps to provide jobs for the millions of out-of-work men. But in doing so, he also saved an environment damaged by WW I activities and gave the country new trees, beautiful parks, and recreational areas. Thousands of desperate young men from the East Coast came to Washington state to work alongside local boys in the woods building bridges, roads, and park buildings. During this conversation, historian Janet Oakley will talk about the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps camps in Washington and explore the legacy it left on our state’s natural resources and on the men who worked to preserve them.
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