Kalispell, Montana is surrounded by thousands of acres of picturesque public land, including three impressive wilderness areas, Glacier National Park, and numerous state parks. The city serves as the hub of the Flathead Valley, which sustains one of the fastest growing populations in the state. The demand for outdoor recreational venues and facilities is significant, which makes MCC’s services that much more relevant. While crews complete project work throughout the Northern Rockies, each corner of the landscape offers something different. From remote untrammeled beauty, to high mountain tops and deep canyons, to wild rivers, it should come as no surprise that many alumni choose to make this unparalleled area their home after their term of service has ended.
Crews work with a variety of our partners in areas like the Flathead and Kootenai National Forests, the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, and Glacier National Park. MCC also works with state partners like Fish, Wildlife & Parks, the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, and various local non-profits and “friends” groups. Our partners work hard to leverage dwindling financial resources for the benefit of land, wildlife, and the local community. In any given season, members might maintain footbridges during one hitch and mend fence protecting riparian areas along a river the next. Crews may also find themselves committing as many as 12 weeks to a backcountry ranger station rerouting unsustainable trails and building turnpikes. From deep in the woods, to just down the street, MCC's Northern Rockies region is working hard to improve northwest Montana and its communities, one project at a time.
Despite the breathtaking vistas, unprecedented access to ancient forests, and pristine water bodies, our city is tightly knit. There are number of community clubs and events that are always looking for new participants. Depending on the season, you may find farmers markets, bike races, neighborhood cookouts, concerts, and an unlimited number of locals that are proud of the work MCC accomplishes in the valley. Alumni often say they were impressed by the warm welcomes from the community and number of relationships they formed during their term of service.
OUR PUBLIC LANDS
A major asset in this region is water. The area has the highest concentration of lakes in Montana as well as blue ribbon fisheries in several rivers. The expansive Flathead/Kootenai River drainages converge on their way out to the Columbia Basin. The presence of water over millennia has created lush forests, rugged mountains, and a haven for large predators like the grizzly bear. Whether you’re looking for stunning vistas, the solitude of wilderness, or you’re ready to get dirty recreating, there’s no shortage of moments that will give you lasting memories and leave you breathless.