This book review pays tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps. Westerners--particularly Coloradans--might be surprised to learn that their favorite hiking trails and scenic drives owes to this depression era-program. As Kurt Repanshek over at National Parks Traveler writes, the $920 million carved out in the stimulus package for National Park improvements is a "nice chunk of change." But it also
pales when compared to the $2.25 billion that the House of Representatives, under the urging of Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Washington, inserted into its version of the bill, and falls far, far shy of the estimated $9 billion maintenance backlog carried by the National Park Service.