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Release Date: 05/10/13
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Author & BLM Specialist Share Regional History of Civil Conservation Corps

St. George, Utah—On Monday May 13, 2013 Bob Audretsch, Author of “We Still Walk in Their Footprint, The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in Northern Arizona 1933-1942,” along with John Herron, BLM Arizona Strip Field Office Archaeologist will share their discoveries of some of the most interesting and little-known CCC projects on the Arizona Strip and Northern Arizona.

“What’s intriguing about these projects is that we’re still discovering more of them. Many have withstood the test of time and are still solid, functioning structures today—structures that were built by an inexhaustible workforce in the 1930’s ,” said Herron who one year ago discovered records of area CCC projects in local BLM archives. Audretsch, recognized by Arizona Highways for the “1995 Story of the Year” collaborated closely with BLM in his research for “We Still Walk in Their Footprint.”

For Herron, history buffs and CCC enthusiasts, there’s an exciting spirit of adventure attached to learning about these obscure historic sites. “Most of these boys (CCC crews) are gone now, so the records and the sites we stumble across are the only stories of the projects we have left,” Herron said adding that few may even realize they are near a historic site like a CCC project when they’re out recreating in the backcountry. Often times people assume dams, roads, or fence lines were constructed by the BLM or another agency but don’t realize many of these sturdy structures run all the way back to the CCC. “It’s really impressive how long these projects have lasted and the condition some of them are in,” Herron said, “they didn’t cut corners back then.   

Monday night’s lecture hosted by the Dixie-Arizona Strip Interpretive Association also includes a dinner of pulled pork, Dutch oven potatoes and will include a program and book signing period in which attendees can meet the author and briefly discuss his findings.

Tickets which cost $12 each can be purchased from the Dixie –Arizona Strip Interpretive Association at 345 East Riverside Drive in St. George, Utah 84790. For more information about this event call 435-688-3275.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 05-10-2013