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Franklin County To Get C. C. Corps Camps In Four Of State Forests At Once

York States Nearby Towns Will Furnish Part Of Men

Mohawk Trail Forest in Charlemont, and Monroe, Wendell and Erving Forests Selected for Use of Corps Recruited From Welfare Lists of Towns

BOSTON (AP)- Massachusetts may be given the opportunity to put 6,000 men to work on her state forests under the federal government's provision for the civilian conservation corps, State Commission of Conservation Samuel A. York announced today.

York said definite arrangements had been made and authorized for 4,000 men to be accommodated in 18 camps. Two of the camps on Cape Cod in Plymouth county will be double camps, each to be occupied by 100 forest workers.

Robert Fechner, deferal director of conservation work had confered with Commissioner York and expressed a desire to establish as many camps as possible in Massachusetts.

Ninety per cent of the men for these camps will be selected by army authorities at Fort Devens from among the welfare lists in the various cities and towns but the state department of conservation will have the privilege of selecting 10 per cent, or 400, from among the unemployed in communities near the forests. In this selection, older men with families may be selected.

All Open by June 6

The program calls for having the first camp in operation by May 22 and the last by June 6.

Locations for the 20 camps have been selected by the Massachusetts department of conservation and have been approved by Robert Fechner in behalf of the federal government.

The sites are listed in the order in which they will be occupied by the workers.

Myles Standish forest in Carver and Plymouth, which has 8,869 acres of land, much of which is forested. This will be a double camp.

Shawnee state forest located in Sandwich and Bourne; this contains 8,370 acres and will have a double camp for 400 men.

Charlemont and Monroe

The Mohawk Trail in Charlemont and Florida: this is an area of 5400 acres partly in Franklin county.

Monroe state forest; 4,116 acres, located in Monroe, Rowe, and Florida.

Savoy Mountain State forest located in Savoy, Adams, North Adams and Florida.

Beartown state forest: 7,613 acres located in Monterey, Great Barrington, Lee and Tyringham. Mt. Wilcox is located in this forest.

Otis state forest, 3,200 acres located in Otis, Becket, Sandisfield and Tyringham.

Wendell and Erving

Wendell state forest, 4,966 acres, located in Wendell, Orange, and Montague.

Erving state forest, 4,626 acres, located in Erving, Northfield and Warwick. Laurel Lake is located in this forest, affording good bathin.

Martha's Vineyard in Edgartown and West Tisbury.

Brimfield's state forest, 1,599 acres, located in Brimfield and Wales in Hampden county.

Chester state forest, 1,734 acres, located in Blandford and Chester, along Jacobs Ladder.

Oakham state forest in Oakham and Rutland.

Otter River forest in Winchendon, Templeton and Royalston.

Leominster 1,890? Acres in Leominster, Princeton, Sterling and Westminster.

Harold Parker state forest in Andover, North Andover, North Reading and Middleton.

D A R forest in Goshen, in Hampshire county.

The Windsor state forest in Windsor and Savoy.

Others Later

Besides these camps, which will be occupied by more than 4,000 foresters, it is probable that the department will be authorized to located 10 more camps in Massachusetts to provide for an additional 2,000 workers.

Comm. York says that sites have been tentatively selected in the October Mountain state forest, the Tolland-Granville forest, Pittsfield forest, the Greylock's state reservation in Williamstown, the Warwick state forest and the Peru state forest in Peru and Middlefield.

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This article describes the first Civilian Conservation Corps camps in Franklin County. The CCC (1933-1942) was an especially popular program of the early New Deal. The CCC was a work relief program that employed teenagers and young men, often from cities, in national forests and rural areas. The program attempted to deal with the twin problems of unemployment and environmental destruction. CCC workers, living in military-style camps administered by the War Department, battled forest fires, fought soil erosion and protected wildlife habitats. The early CCC camps in Franklin county were located in state forests, although a number were later constructed on other public lands.


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"Franklin County to get C.C. Corps Camps in Four of State Forests at Once" article from Greenfield Daily Recorder-Gazette paper

publisher   Greenfield Daily Recorder-Gazette
date   May 19, 1933
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
height   9.5"
width   4.5"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L08.038

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