On Saturday October 7, 2017 at 4PM in the Nature Center, the Friends of Sherwood Island State hosted author and historian Marty Podskoch, who gave a great presentation on his new book Connecticut Civilian Conservation Camps: History, Memories and Legacy. In a surprisingly fascinating talk, we learned that The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began on March 31, 1933 under President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” to relieve the poverty and unemployment of the Depression. Locally, twenty-one camps were set up in many Connecticut towns, state parks & forests. Workers built trails, roads, campsites, & dams, stocked fish, built & maintained fire tower observer’s cabins & telephone lines, fought fires, & planted millions of trees. The CCC disbanded in 1942 due to the need for men in WW II Marty Podskoch is a retired teacher and the author of seven other  books. He is keenly interested in meeting individuals who may have CCC stories to contribute to his next book, on the CCC in Rhode Island.  The engaging and loquacious Marty had his books available after the presentation for sale and signing.