Date Thesis Awarded


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Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Gregory S. Hancock

Committee Members

R. Heather Macdonald

Tim Russell

Rick Berquist


During its nine-year history (1933-42) the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) made a significant contribution to the wilderness areas of the United States. The CCC was instrumental in providing countless hours to reforestation efforts, fire fighting, and opening large areas of virgin forests by development of needed trail systems and roadways. Although the program was designed to help the unemployed of the United States during the great depression, the contributions the program made to America's wilderness and recreation areas are being appreciated today more than ever (Williams, 1994). The 70-year-old trails provide easy access into wilderness areas throughout the country. Over the last decade national, state, and local recreation areas that make use of CCC trails have experienced a tremendous increase in visitation. Since the early 90's the popularity of "extreme sports" like trail running and mountain biking have contributed to a significant increase in trail use. Between 1992 and 1997 the National Park Service estimated a 63% increase in total visitation nationwide, while state parks saw similar trends (McLean, 2002).

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