July 7, 1976
Legislation signed by Governor Brown establishing the CCC.
LeRoy Chatfield appointed director; opens 18 centers in 18 months. Shown with Gov. Brown and first CCC director Buck Hornor.
B.T. Collins appointed director (1979-81). Created “Hard work, low pay, miserable conditions” motto.
Energy and Backcountry Trails programs established.
Gov. Deukmejian signs legislation making the CCC a permanent state department.
CCC Director Bud Sheble (1983-1991) adds the “and more” to the CCC motto.
First international exchange program.
The CCC awarded the United Nations Environment Programme Medal. CCC Director Bud Sheble speaks at the U.N. ceremony in New York.
Major flood response throughout the state — 1,070 Corpsmembers mobilized.
Australian exchange established.
Loma Prieta earthquake recovery work, shown in San Francisco’s Marina District. Crews also worked in San Benito and Santa Cruz counties.
Major fire response, largest to date — 71 crews, 822 Corpsmembers.
Oakland Hills fire rehabilitation work, 1991-92. Work included placing straw mats and hay bales on hillsides to prevent erosion from winter rains.
Los Angeles civil unrest recovery work.
Budget cuts close CCC training academy and three residential centers, including the Bay Area Center in Richmond.
Northridge Earthquake Recovery Corps established to do work from helping out at shelters to removing damaged chimneys.
Major response to El Niño storms.
John Muir Charter High School opens. While in the CCC, Corpsmembers can earn their high school diplomas.
Corpsmembers hand out nearly two million compact fluorescent light bulbs throughout the state as part of the CCC’s Powerwalk.
Crews respond to Old Fire and Cedar Fire.
Budget cuts close residential centers, including the Butte Fire Center.
Hurricane recovery work in Louisiana.
Cosco Busan oil spill cleanup in the San Francisco Bay.
Major fire response — 74 crews, 801 Corpsmembers.
Governors alliance formed to counteract pressure to close the CCC. The program survives.
Veterans Corps programs established. The CCC continues to enroll veterans up to age 29.
Energy Corps launched.
Rim Fire response.
Bruce Saito appointed director.
CCC 40th anniversary with founder Gov. Brown at the California State Capitol in Sacramento. The Corps also celebrated at Griffith Park in Los Angeles.
Six former CCC directors attended the Sacramento celebration.
Butte Fire Center re-established.
Unprecedented response to out-of-state fires.
Hurricane recovery crews sent to Texas, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands.
The new CCC Delta Center opens in Stockton.
More than 300 Corpsmembers on 20 crews respond to the Camp Fire in Paradise, CA. Corpsmembers work more than 47,000 hours battling the fire and supporting base camp operations. The CCC Butte Fire Center (now Magalia Fire Center) is evacuated, but not damaged by the nearby inferno.
Corpsmembers work a historic 1.2 million hours on emergency assignments, including 1.1 million hours battling wildfires and supporting fire base camps.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Corpsmembers across the state support local food banks, Cal OES warehouses, the state’s emergency operations center, and surge capacity hospital logistics.