Public invited to Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) annual picnic

Sweet Home, Oregon, Aug. 5, 2019 – The Willamette National Forest will be having a public potluck picnic in celebration of the Civilian Conservation Corps Company 2907 (CCC). The picnic will take place on Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, at 11 a.m., at the historic Longbow Organizational Camp. Longbow is located on Gordon Road, milepost 46, on Oregon State Highway  20.   A flag color guard and living history presentation will open the picnic followed  by a potluck-style lunch at 12:30 p.m. The public is asked to bring a dish. People with last names beginning with A-H should bring a hot dish, last names beginning with I -P should bring a salad, and last names beginning with Q-Z should bring a dessert. Plates, utensils, napkins and beverages will be provided.

“The contributions the CCC Company 2907 have made on the Sweet Home Ranger District and across the entire Forest Service are invaluable,” said Sweet Home District Ranger Nikki Swanson. “Join us in recognizing and celebrating those accomplishments along with their family members.”

Company 2907, formerly Company 1314, was organized in 1933. In 1934, the members moved to Camp Cascadia, located along the South Santiam River east of Sweet Home. They built 35 miles of forest roads and 80 miles of trails; installed 17 miles of telephone lines; built six fire lookouts and eight bridges; landscaped four acres of grounds near the Cascadia Ranger Station; constructed two large dwellings, an office building and a gas and oil station; and constructed House Rock, Fernview, and Trout Creek Campgrounds.

Transportation is available to and from Longbow Organization Camp for those without transportation and will depart at 9:30 a.m., the day of the picnic, from the Sweet Home Ranger Station located at 4431 Highway 20 in Sweet Home. Call (541) 367-5168 to reserve a seat ahead of time.