Fort Valley in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Robert Fechner Memorial Forest
In March 1933, newly elected, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt faced national unemployment of 25%. Working quickly, Congress passed the Emergency Conservation Work legislation on March 31, 1933. One of the programs created from his legislation would later be called the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). This organization would work "to preserve our precious natural resources and, even more important, as a moral and spiritual boon to needy young Americans..." (FDR, 1933)
President Roosevelt chose Robert Fechner, an experienced and respected labor leader to organize and run this first new Deal Agency. Though Mr. Fechner knew little about conservation, his work in labor and industrial management provided him the administrative skills needed for his new position. His reputation for fairness, tact and patience greatly impressed President Roosevelt.
Under Robert Fechner's guidance, almost 2.4 million youths worked in the CCC to rehabilitate our nation's natural resources and learn much needed job skills. Fechner remained as director
In 1940, the Forest Service proposed that the Massanuttan Unit including Camp Roosevelt, be established as a monument to honor the work of Robert Fechner.
The Secretary of Agriculture agreed and recommended that the Massanutten Unit be designated as the Robert Fechner Memorial Forest.
On February 5, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed this by Executive order No. 86731.
Erected by US Forest Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
Location. 38° 43.807′ N, 78° 31.042′ W. Marker is in Fort Valley, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker can be reached from Camp Roosevelt Road (Virginia Route 675) south of Chrisman Hollow Road (Virginia Route 211), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in Camp Roosevelt Recreation Area in the George Washington National Forest. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Valley VA 22652, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Barracks (a few steps from this marker); Birthplace of the CCC (within shouting distance of this marker); Mess Hall Blacksmith Shop (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mauck Meeting House (approx. 5 miles away); Calendine (approx. 5 miles away); Fort Philip Long (approx. 5.1 miles away); Fisher’s Hill and Yager’s Mill (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Valley.
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