The National Association of the Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni is opening membership to the descendants of former CCC members.

With the youngest of the former CCC alumni now in their mid-60s, the NACCCA has decided to extend memberships to direct descendants of CCC veterans and to people who have served in more recently formed conservation programs such as the youth conservation corps of many states. Those interested may contact the national organization at (314) 487-8666 or write to NACCCA, Jefferson Barracks, P.O. Box 16429, St. Louis, MO 63125.For information on the Utah Chapter, call 394-3321 in Ogden or 825-7095 and 773-0505 in Roy.

The group is also calling on former CCC members to help support federal legislation to create a new organization called American Conservation Corps. If passed, the bill would provide employment opportunities for youths by putting them to work on projects involving national parks and forests. CCC alumni are urged to contact their congressional delegation and urge support for the measure.

The CCC was formed in 1933 to provide employment for youths between the ages of 17 and 23. The organization was modeled after the military and many CCC members eventually enlisted in the military with the onset of World War II. The original program provided work for some 3.5 million youths between 1933 and 1942.