Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Dolly Sods Wilderness and the Civilian Conservation Corps
(Dolly Sods Wilderness, image courtesy of Wikipedia.)
The Dolly Sods Wilderness area consists of 17,000 acres in Grant, Randolph, and Tucker counties, West Virginia. Visitors can hike, hunt, camp, and picnic. Some fantastic photographs of the area can be found at American Byways, here.
Like so many areas across the nation, Dolly Sods had been damaged by logging in the late 1800s / early 1900s. The Civilian Conservation Corps was called in to plant trees and rehabilitate the area. This was but a small part of the CCC's national reforestation work.
The CCC also helped construct Forest Road 75 which runs through, and provides recreational access to, the Dolly Sods Wilderness.
(See, "Dolly Sods Regional Project," U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.)