Leo Caisse remembers his father, also Leo, telling him stories of his adventures working in Rhode Island’s branch of the Civilian Conservation Corps, an emergency relief program under Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal.

The younger Caisse, who lost his father when he was young, has spent years researching those contributions by the CCC, learning that these unemployed young men were not only able to use the money they made to keep their families from starving during the Great Depression, but contributed greatly to the landscape across the state, including many locations in northern Rhode Island.

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