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February 07, 2009

Re "Harking back to the CCC," Feb. 1

I strongly endorse the reestablishment of something akin to the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s. I worked alongside many people who started out in the CCC and went on to become regular employees of the U.S. Forest Service.

Let's not limit our sights to the national parks but expand such a program to all public lands and urge support of parallel programs at the state level throughout the country.

Doing so will help restore and sustain our national heritage. It also will provide skills training for thousands and get urban youth into rural and wild environments, which surely did this New York City kid a lot of good.

Imre Sutton

Fullerton

The writer is a professor emeritus of geography at Cal State Fullerton.

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