A Few Facts and Stats About the CCC
The California Conservation Corps, established in 1976, is the oldest and largest state conservation corps program in the country. It's modeled after the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps.
The CCC’s motto is “Hard work, low pay, miserable conditions ... and more!”
- More than 120,000 young men and women have participated in the CCC, with approximately 3,000 hired each year.
- Corpsmembers must be between the ages of 18 and 25, California residents and not on probation or parole.
- At the present time, the CCC is about 74% men, 26% women.
- Corpsmembers are hired from all over the state and reflect the diversity of California. The top three counties where corpsmembers come from: San Diego, Los Angeles and San Bernardino.
- The average length of stay is about nine months.
- The CCC has more than two dozen residential and nonresidential locations throughout the state.
- It is the only state program with year-round residential centers.
Natural Resource Work
- Since 1976, the CCC has provided 69 million hours of natural resource work throughout the state.
- The CCC is a cost-effective labor force, working for more than 250 local, state and federal agencies each year.
- Statewide, crews tackle more than 900 projects annually, generating more than $26 million for the CCC.
Here are a few accomplishments since the program began:
- Trees -- More than 20 million trees have been planted by corpsmembers throughout the state.
- Fish Habitat -- More than 1.6 million hours of fish habitat improvement work.
- Trails -- More than 10,840 miles of backcountry trails built or maintained in California national parks and forests, with many more miles for trails in city, regional and state parks.
- Parks -- More than 11 million hours of work improving rural and urban parks and recreation areas.
- Energy Conservation -- More than three decades of energy conservation work. The CCC likes to say “Conservation is our middle name.”
- The CCC has provided more than 9.6 million hours of emergency response on nearly every major California natural disaster -- floods, fires, earthquakes and more -- since 1976.
- Corpsmembers have filled more than 3.5 million sandbags during floods and storms.
- Along with their natural resource work, all corpsmembers advance their education in the CCC. In the last three years, more than 4,000 corpsmembers worked to complete their high school diplomas.
- The CCC offers two different scholarships for use after the CCC.