Orlon Mortensen took this photograph of Camp F-11 Company 959 in Ferron as part of his photography class with the CCCs. This company worked with the Forest Service. The CCCs were organized as a civilian branch of the army when the nation was in a great economic depression and the country had extensive erosion, drought and much forest fire damage. Each company worked for a government agency. In Emery County they either worked for the Forest Service or the Department of Agriculture, Division of Grazing. President Roosevelt said, "In creating the Civilian Conservation Corps, we are killing two birds with one stone. We are clearly enhancing the value of our natural resources, and at the same time we are relieving an appreciable amount of actual distress. And we are conserving not only our natural resources, but also our human resources." Over two million young men joined the CCC in the nine years it functioned. The program saved the young men and the young men saved the country.
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