Conservation Corps work will get a face lift

If you were in the Civilian Conservation Corps created by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the Great Depression, high school teacher David Nolen wants to hear from you.

In recognition of the 75th anniversary of what was known as the CCC, Nolen and fellow teacher Celine Fulton at the Crater Academy of Natural Science are working with the Medford Parks and Recreation Department, local professionals and academy students to restore CCC projects on Roxy Ann Peak.

Their mission is to restore stonework and trails built by the CCC in 1,700-acre Prescott Park atop the ancient lava cone. The work will be done Thursday through May 9.

Although the organizers have found professionals to help guide the students, they are also hoping to locate CCC veterans so the students can record their stories for posterity, Nolen said.

The academy, one of four small schools created out of the former Crater High School, focuses on knowledge and stewardship of nature and outdoors through volunteering and internships.

Under the guidance of Jesse Biesanz of Biesanz Stoneworks, some students will restore the stonework at the Lower North Overlook, using the process of dry stack repair.

Others will join members of the Lomakatsi Foundation to re-establish a short trail built by the CCC. Those students also will learn about local flora and the principles of conservation.

Still other students will join surveyors Stuart Osmus of Terrasurvey Inc. of Ashland and Joseph Bova with the city of Medford, who will explain the principles of surveying as they locate several of the park's corners.

The remaining students, who have been studying the work of CCC-era photographers, will be assigned to each of the other three groups to record the work and present it in exhibition back at the Crater campus.

The CCC was created by FDR on April 4, 1933, to give young American men jobs during the Depression years that had hit hard the nation's economic solar plexus in the fall of 1929.

Some 3 million served until the program ended in 1942, when most of the enrollees marched off to war.

To reach Nolen or Fulton, call 494-6270.

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