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October 11, 2016

Six CCC crews -- a total of 81 corpsmembers and staff -- depart October 14 for Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The crews will spend a month helping with cleanup efforts following the devastating August flooding.

The crews will "muck and gut" buildings, removing carpet, drywall and flooring as well as other wet or moldy material. Once that work is completed, contractors will be able to begin the rebuilding and renovation efforts.

The crews dispatched to Louisiana are based in Lake Tahoe, Los Angeles, Pomona, San Bernardino, San Diego and San Luis Obispo.

Following Hurricane Rita in 2005, the CCC sent a similar contingent to Louisiana for recovery work.

Funding for the effort is provided by FEMA through the Corporation for National and Community Service.​

September 09, 2016

Eleven years after the CCC moved out of the former Delta Center in Stockton (later demolished), the groundbreaking for the new residential site has taken place.

The new facility, off Arch Road in Stockton, will house 110 corpsmembers and feature nine different buildings, including administration, education, recreation, multipurpose (kitchen, dining hall, gym), warehouse and four dorms, on a 20-acre parcel.

The buildings have been designed to be Silver LEED certified and energy-efficient.

The site will be a base center for floodfighting activities in the Delta, and can house additional crews from around the state as needed for emergency response.

The center is expected to pump approximately $1.5 million into the local economy each year through center purchases as well as corpsmember expenditures.

Completion date for the new center is expected to be November 2017.


August 16, 2016

The California Conservation Corps has 44 crews from throughout the state dispatched to wildfires, a total of 569 corpsmembers. This is the largest number of CCC crews working on fires at one time in 2016.

This includes six crews on the Clayton Fire in Lake County and 16 crews on the Soberanes Fire in Monterey County. Other fires include the Pilot Fire in San Bernardino County, the Horseshoe Fire in Mono County, the Pony Fire in Siskiyou County, the Chimney Fire in San Luis Obispo County and the Mineral Fire in Fresno County.

The crews are providing both initial attack on the fire lines as well as logistical support at the fire camps, working for both Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service.

Corpsmembers are young men and women between the ages of 18 and 25 who sign up for year of outdoor work and emergency response. New corpsmembers join every month.

August 08, 2016

The California Conservation Corps has 20 crews working on the Soberanes Fire near Big Sur today -- a record for the number of crews on one fire on the same day. The previous record was 17 crews on the King Fire in 2014.

Crews from every CCC center throughout California have been dispatched, adding up to 491 corpsmembers providing firefighting or logistical support as of Monday, August 8.

Along with the Soberanes Fire, the CCC is assigned to the Pilot Fire in San Bernardino County, the Clark Fire in Mono County, the Adler Fire in Fresno County, the Cold Fire in Solano County, the Poodle Fire in Nevada and the Broad Mouth Fire in Utah.

The CCC is working with both Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service. 

Additional crews are available to be dispatched as needed throughout the state.​

August 05, 2016

As of Friday morning, the California Conservation Corps has dispatched 34 crews -- nearly 500 corpsmembers -- to assist Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service on wildfires.

The largest contingent is on the Soberanes Fire near Big Sur in Monterey County, with CCC crews sent from Auburn, Camarillo, Chico, Fresno, Greenwood, Napa, Sacramento, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria and Stockton.

Crews from Fortuna, Napa and Stockton have responded to the Cold Fire near Lake Berryessa in Yolo County. On the Goose Fire in Fresno County, crews from Magalia (Butte County), Fresno, Greenwood (El Dorado County) and San Diego are providing fire suppression and logistical support.

Two fire crews from our Camarillo Center responded last night to the Hart Fire in Kern County; we're sending a San Bernardino crew to the Clark Fire in the Inyo National Forest today.

On the Panther Fire in Humboldt County, one Fortuna crew has been dispatched.

Three crews are helping the U.S. Forest Service on the Poodle Fire in Nevada and the Broad Mouth Fire in Utah.

The CCC stands ready to provide additional crews as needed.


July 26, 2016

Fifteen CCC crews -- 209 corpsmembers -- have been dispatched to wildfires or are assisting the fire agencies with support as of today.

Five crews each have been sent to the two major fires, the Sand Fire near Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County and the Soberanes Fire near Big Sur in Monterey County.

 Sand Fire -- crews from Camarillo, Los Angeles and Pomona have been dispatched and are assisting with logistical support. 

Soberanes Fire -- Crews from Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria and Watsonville have been called out by Cal Fire for fire camp support.

In addition, the two Camarillo fire crews are in a staffing pattern for Cal Fire in Ventura County; the Ukiah fire crew, a Tahoe crew and a Sacramento crew are providing support for the U.S. Forest Service.

 Additional crews are expected to be called out as needed.

July 21, 2016

The California Conservation Corps celebrated its 40th anniversary this month with celebrations in Sacramento and Los Angeles.

Governor Brown, who founded the CCC in July 1976 during his first term, spoke to more than 400 corpsmembers, CCC alumni and friends of the Corps during a ceremony outside the Capitol. He was presented with a bronzed hiking boot on behalf of the 120,000 young men and women who have served in the CCC.

At a celebration at Griffith Park in Los Angeles, the CCC was honored to have corpsmember and alumni speakers, as well as Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, State Treasurer John Chiang, State Controller Betty Yee, and Secretary of State Alex Padilla.


July 04, 2016

It was exactly 40 years ago, July 7, 1976, that Governor Brown signed legislation creating the California Conservation Corps. The Governor envisioned a combination "Jesuit seminary, Israeli kibbutz and Marine Corps boot camp."

Four decades later, 120,000 young men and women have participated in the program, many citing it as the best year of their lives. And there are a number of second-generation corpsmembers, whose parents were in the CCC.

Thursday, the CCC will celebrate with a work project at Griffith Park in Los Angeles, followed by an 11:30 ceremony featuring Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, State Treasurer John Chiang, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Controller Betty Yee and several past and present corpsmembers.

All are welcome to join us Thursday at the Crystal Springs Picnic Area in Griffith Park. More than 80 years ago, Griffith Park was the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, visited by President Franklin Roosevelt.​

June 20, 2016

More than 130 corpsmembers have been dispatched to California wildfires. The largest contingent is on the Sherpa Fire in Santa Barbara County, where six crews are assisting with both firefighting and logistical support at the fire camp.  Those crews are from Camarillo, Los Angeles, Pomona, San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria.

Two San Diego crews are assisting at the fire camp for the Border Fire in San Diego County and crews from Chico and Fortuna have been working at the fire camp for the Pony Fire in Siskiyou.

Additional CCC crews are ready to respond where needed.​

June 15, 2016

The CCC will mark its 40th anniversary with ceremonies in Sacramento and Los Angeles. The Corps was created by Gov. Jerry Brown in 1976.

On Thursday, June 30, the CCC will hold a noon ceremony on the west steps of the Capitol, along with exhibits from each CCC center. Several hundred corpsmembers, representing sites throughout the state, will be in attendance.

Later that afternoon, alumni and friends will gather at the Crest Theater, sponsored by the CCC Foundation. At 6:30 p.m., a 40th anniversary video will be premiered.

The next week, on Thursday, July 7, corpsmembers and alumni will gather at Griffith Park in Los Angeles for an 11:30 ceremony, held in the Crystal Springs Picnic Area. The celebration will follow several hours of work in the park that morning.

All are welcome to join us in either or both locations.