This year the Teton Basin Ranger District is hiring a Montana Conservation Corps crew. Those workers will mostly focus on the Jedidiah Smith Wilderness trails, from Coal Creek all the way to Indian Meadows.
The crew will spend its time opening up trails for hikers and horseback riders by lopping, brushing, and limbing. The forest service does a lot of early-season removal of downed trees but rarely has the resources to give the wilderness trails more attention.
This past March, the theme for Women’s History Month was “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” To close out the month-long celebration, we wanted to talk to women who literally blaze trails: the women of Conservation Corps.
When we consider what it means to be a Montanan, whether native-born or recent arrival, near the top of the list is a generous commitment to help our neighbors. This tradition of service to those among us not only provides a caring hand (and heaven knows, we each need a hand now and again), it draws us closer, fills our hearts and creates an identity of strength. Perhaps more importantly, when opportunities for service are presented to young people, they forge character.
THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Doorsteps to Backpacks food drive on March 8. We are overwhelmed by your generosity – you donated more than 10,000 lbs. of food and $3,500 in cash for Helena Food Share’s Kid Packs Program.