New Book about ‘Nature’s Army’ in Wisconsin

In his latest book, The Civilian Conservation Corps in Wisconsin: Nature’s Army at Work, prolific author Jerry Apps details the history of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal program in Wisconsin.

In the wake of the Great Depression, young men were left hungry and jobless until the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was established in 1933. Wisconsin’s “Nature’s Army” lived in more than 125 camps throughout the Badger State alone, working on environment-related projects that shaped the state’s forests and natural areas as we know them today.

By using the words of the young men who worked here, Apps provides detailed accounts of everyday life in the camps and an overview of the CCC program. To learn more or buy the book, visit