New book features CCC in national forest
A new book on the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) has been published by the Kane Historic Preservation Society.The 124-page book is filled with photos and accounts of the 16 CCC camps in the only national forest in Pennsylvania.Michael Schultz, who was raised in Wilcox, is the author of the book, which is titled "Civilian Conservation Corps in the Allegheny National Forest" and carries a subtitle of "A Traveling Companion." The subtitle indicates the purpose of the book-- to educate the public and tourists on the locations of the CCC camps in the ANF.The CCC was a public work relief program operated from 1933 to 1942 for unemployed, unmarried men during the Great Depression. The program provided unskilled manual labor jobs related to the conservation and development of natural resources.The first tree plantation in the U.S. was located at a CCC camp at Duhring in the ANF in Forest County. Three of the CCC camps in the ANF housed prisoners of war during World War II.The book features site maps and histories of the CCC camps in the ANF.Denny Driscoll, a member of the board for the Historic Preservation Society, said he believes the book will "bring people to explore the areas" where the CCC camps were located.The Northwest Savings Bank of Kane has donated $1,000 to the Historic Preservation Society to help defray expenses in publishing the book.