July 12, 2015
Salmon River Reservoir

Thirteen kayakers rerouted because of a closed bridge on Route 2A and found their way to the new launch on CCC Road. They were: Rebecca, Mike, Bill G, Ruth, Rick, Cindy, Eric, Bill E, Michelle, Steve, Fish, Shirley and Kim. It was a toasty warm day, so “on the water” was a great place to be. The launch was nice and less crowded with swimmers than our other launch. The views of the Salmon River State Forest from the kayak were peaceful. We paddled down a lobe by the dam and took out for a break by a culvert. One kayaker ventured through the culvert. Rebecca changed from her charming yellow hat which matched her kayak, to a cute black and white which matched her outfit. Ruth added a summer flower. Lovely ladies! There was some boat traffic, but not nearly as much as on the southern end.

We travelled to the Cedar Pine Restaurant in Redfield to eat. The travel time seemed much looooonger and some were wondering if the person in the lead knew where the heck she was going. Food was good. It is always nice to eat at a place with local flavor and décor. There are not a lot of places which have deer looking over your shoulder while you eat.

A little history (Walt would be proud):

Those beautiful trees we admired were reforested by the single unemployed 18-25 year olds who stayed at the CCC camp on the Salmon River.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began in March of 1933 under Roosevelt’s “New Deal” to relieve the poverty and unemployment of the Depression. The first year 13 camps were set up in Connecticut towns, state parks and forests. In the following years 8 camps were added including the one at Salmon River in 1935.

The men built state parks, planted trees, built roads and bridges and fought fires. Each camp had about 200 men. Army officers supervised the workers and taught the importance of discipline. The young men signed up for a 6 month period and could resign if they didn't get a job. They could only work for 2 years. They were paid $30 a month, but $25 went home to their parents. They received $5 spending money that had to last for the month.

Nationwide, enrollees planted nearly 3 billion trees to help reforest America, constructed more than 800 parks nationwide, updated forest fire fighting methods, and built a network of service buildings and public roadways. In nine years, 2.5 million young men participated in restoring public appreciation of the outdoors.

The State forest is approx. 2000 acres. They say it has an abundance of wildlife but the critters seemed to be hiding on Sunday. There was also a sign by CCC Road which cited "Little America". The internet said: this area is often referred to as "Little America" because it so closely preserves the raw natural beauty that once covered the terrain before intense settlement recreated the landscape.

Report & Images by Kim Wojnowicz Images by Eric Zhaman, Bill Getz

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