Drawn from urban areas, the young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps protected the state from floods, conserved forest land and developed the state’s potential as a tourist destination.
"Just one month into office, Roosevelt signed the act creating the CCC, the first of the alphabet soup of relief programs that would make up the New Deal. Less than a week later, Vermont won approval for several camps to be created in the state. It might be more accurate to say that Perry Merrill won approval. Merrill was the new commissioner of the state’s forest service, who would go on to serve under 19 governors and direct the state’s forestry and conservation efforts for nearly a half century."
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