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CCC boys did a good job on roads, trails

Letter to the Editor

Giving our public lands to the states is the quickest way to lose all of our rights, including hunting and fishing on our public lands. The State of Idaho can’t afford to manage our public lands, but they could make a bundle selling them to the highest bidder.

I arrived in Idaho in the spring of 1937 when FDR’s CCC boys were still building the big Salmon Road, along with numerous side roads, trails and Forest Service lookouts. The State of Idaho can’t even afford to maintain these roads and trails. In 1939, at the age of 10, I worked as a water boy for the CCC boys on the Kelly Mountain Fire. I received 35 cents an hour. After graduating from Riggins High School in 1945, I went to work for the Nez Perce National Forest at Riggins under Ranger Bill Williams and Alternate Ranger Earl Parks. Bill Lasiter was packer. The Forest Service was hiring 16- and 17-year-old boys from all over Idaho to man their lookouts, work trails and phone lines. Except for Salmon River Lumber Co., the Forest Service was the biggest employer in this area; they did a good job maintaining the roads and trails that were mainly built by President Roosevelt and his CCC boys.

Robert G. Schultze



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