‘Tree Army’ lives on in the Watershed Conservation Corps

The legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps is alive and well in the Ozarks. 

Not only if you visit state or national parks like Roaring River, Bennett Spring or Ozark National Scenic Riverways (just to name a few), where historic structures and infrastructure serve as a monument to FDR’s “Tree Army,” but also in a modern-day version in southwest Missouri: the Watershed Conservation Corps (WCC).

The WCC was formed in 2017 by Caleb Sanders, an employee of the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks. 

Sanders was involved in the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and the Friends of the Forest Preserves, which hired inner-city youth to oversee 69,000 acres of nature preserve near Chicago, Ill.

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