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   from the issue of April 24, 2008

From the Archives - Ivan D. Wood

Ivan Daley Wood was a University of Nebraska extension agricultural engineer from 1919 to 1934.

MOVING EARTH - CCC labor helps build an earth dam for a farm pond in Harlan County in 1934. Farmers provided...
 MOVING EARTH - CCC labor helps build an earth dam for a farm pond in Harlan County in 1934. Farmers provided horsepower and machinery.

Wood oversaw erosion control work in 34 Nebraska counties, involving 549 farms and 18,216 acres. In more than 10 counties, extensive erosion control campaigns were completed and landowners were trained to do their own erosion control work. Activities consisted, in part, of building 92 soil saving dams, 63 terracing jobs and 51 miscellaneous erosion control demonstrations.

A majority of the labor was completed through the Civil Conservation Corps. The CCC was a work relief program for young men and unemployed families, established March 21, 1933 by Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt. As a part of Roosevelt's "New Deal" legislation, the CCC was designed to combat unemployment during the Great Depression.



In 1933 and 1934, Wood supervised work in Harlan County, concentrating on the construction of farm ponds as there was a limited amount of natural material for erosion control.

Farmers cooperated with the projects, furnishing horses and hand machinery.

From 1934 to 1935, Wood served as the state emergency conservation work director. He was responsible for the supervision of 17 forest service erosion control camps. On Aug. 1, 1935, Wood was appointed Chief of Engineering for the Plains Shelter Belt Project, organized by the U.S. Forest Service. In. August 1936, Wood was appointed to special duty for the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado. He returned to NU as an extension engineer on Sept. 1, 1936.



From the Archives - Ivan D. Wood