(10:32) b/w, silent
Forest fires ravage wooded slopes in Southern California. Water (melting snow and rain) rushes down the slopes, unchecked by plant life, washing away top soil and flooding fields in the valleys. CCC units sow mustard seed in the denuded areas by hand and by airplane. The mustard plants grow quickly, thus furnishing adequate vegetation to check erosion until the native plants can reestablish themselves.
(17:37) b/w, sound
Shows examples of careless mistakes which lead to injury made by a Civilian Conservation Corps unit at work clearing a forest trail. Emphasizes the need for careful handling of dynamite, hand tools (spades, axes, etc.), and equipment (bulldozers, trucks, and tractors).
(14:42) b/w, sound
Contrasts proper and improper methods of felling trees and carrying hand tools (axes, spades, picks, etc.). Snag (deformed and diseased trees) is felled to illustrate safety principles. Brush is cleared from the area around the snag, a notch is axed in a tree to control the direction of fall, the tree is partially sawed, a wedge is driven into the cut, and the tree is then sawed through.
(14:42, 15:10) b/w, sound
CCC units construct a reinforced concrete bridge and a cable suspension bridge across an unidentified river. Shows details in the construction and emphasizes that the CCC members are learning many useful trades (concrete, construction work, heavy equipment operation, riveting, welding, etc.) as well as constructing useful bridges.
(10:24) b/w, sound
Recruits selected to work under the Emergency Conservation Work (ECW) program arrive at Fort Washington, Virginia, and are then transported to ECW camps in various forest areas. The ECW members cut fire lanes, clear snag, erect telephone lines, thin timber areas, clear camping grounds, build fences around grazing lands, and combat erosion by building dams in gullies, terracing farm land, planting seedling trees, and filling gullies with brush. F.A. ...
(8:04) b/w, silent
Civilian Conservation Corps units drain mosquito-infested swamps on Delaware farms by digging drainage ditches leading away from the marshy areas. Stagnant ponds and streams, mosquito breeding places, are freshened by pumping fresh water into the stagnant water areas. The fresh water kills the mosquito larvae.
(22:06) b/w, silent
Reel 1, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) members collect pine cones from trees and squirrel hoards. Seeds from the cones are processed and planted at a forest nursery. Seeding trees are transplanted to forest areas. Snag is cleared from a timber tract. Reel 2, trees are sprayed with insecticide. Picnic areas are cleared and fireplaces are constructed. CCC units plow fire lanes and fight a forest fire.
(10:55) b/w, sound
Shows samples of badly eroded farm land in Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas, and illustrates how Civilian Conservation Corps units are combatting soil erosion. CCC members construct check dams in gullies, build wings around the gullies, plant black locust seedlings and honeysuckles along the banks, fill the gullies with hay and brush, and dynamite the edges of the gullies to level the terrain.
(7:58) b/w, silent
Civilian Conservation Corps members build truck trails and auto roads, erect bridges, clear snag from wooded areas, construct telephone lines, survey and estimate forest lands, clear camping grounds and develop grazing lands in the Umpqua National Forest of Oregon. CCC units assist in flood rescue work at Kelso, Washington, and fight a forest fire near Tillamook, Oregon.
1934 (9:23) b/w, silent (3, jerky, off-centered, blurry)
Civilian Conservation Corps members clear and level a campsite, erect camp buildings, construct forest roads, spread poisoned grain for gophers, uproot currant and gooseberry bushes to check the spread of white pine blister rust, fell trees, and process telephone poles in the national forests of Montana and Idaho. Includes shots of CCC living facilities.
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