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Because Sunrises, yo.

  • November 23, 2015
  • Posted by Douglas Sullenberger, Crew Leader

You may be thinking: “I have seen tons of sunrises and sunsets!” That is most certainly true, but have you ever seen any working for MCC? After my two seasons here, it’s hard to compare other sunrises and sunsets. No, I’m not trying to belittle your sunrises and sunsets, I’m just saying they’re probably not as good as the ones you see when working for MCC.

MCC Assists with Deep Creek WRP

  • November 19, 2015
  • Posted by Holly Kreiner, BSWC member

In a special Deep Creek issue, Broadwater Conservation District highlights some of the incredible work a handful of Helena’s MCCers has volunteered to assist BCD and FWP with Deep Creek-specific projects.



  • November 18, 2015
  • Posted by Merlin

We are still gaining from this program, just in ways that are different now and that change all the time.


  • November 17, 2015
  • Posted by Susanna Tuminelli

Between the vast knowledge of Cecil and Beverly, we learned a lot this hitch. It was a really nice change of pace, where we not only worked our muscles, but also our minds!

Building bridges takes E.N.E.R.G.Y.

96 Ounces of Pasta!?

  • November 16, 2015
  • Posted by Amanda Aldridge, Crewmember

Not only is the amount of food I’ve been consuming on hitch exceeding my expectations, but what we are consuming is more than anything I ever thought possible. Thai noodles in peanut sauce, burritos with all the fixings, chicken bowls, homemade pizzas, and sushi. Yes, I said sushi.

Pleasant Place

Locus Amoenus

  • November 09, 2015
  • Posted by Connor Adams

locus amoenus (n): Latin for “pleasant place,” a locus amoenus is a rhetorical device, common to Latin poets, medieval writers, Shakespeare, and all whose imagination takes them to an idyllic, pastoral world. A locus amoenus is usually characterized by shade, running water, trees, and open grass, a Garden of Eden in our very own world, the type of place where the Greek hero might stumble upon a woodland goddess and her nymphs singing, where the constraints of civilization can be lifted and forgotten about, and where one can most easily hear the voice of the universe.

Wilderness Advocates at Missoula workshop seek more youth in woods and work

  • November 09, 2015
  • Posted by Rob Chaney, the Missoulian

To get young people into the wilderness, skip social media in favor of personal contact.

I Don’t Know, We’ll See

  • October 29, 2015
  • Posted by Tyler Wock

We propose a change to MCC’s slogan.

As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gathers public comment this week on a huge study of the Yellowstone River, this is a good time to be reminded of the impressive progress that has been made in cooperatively managing another Montana river.

Group shot outside the station

Airplane Mode Will Set You Free

  • September 28, 2015
  • Posted by Connor Adams, Crew Member

Being the central node of a wilderness area, all employees are subject to the same rules that govern wilderness areas across the country. No machines, no power tools, no wheels, and the ever-present injunction to leave the area as “untrammeled by man” as possible and conducive to “solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation.”

Took a pic with the plane.

Fire on the Mountain

  • September 28, 2015
  • Posted by Connor Adams, Crew Member

“What’s the status on the Bone Creek fire?”
“Spreading slowly, doesn’t look like much of a threat at the moment.”
“The MCC crew is at Scott Lake, just a mile north of that drainage.”
“Affirmative, they’re in a safe spot for now, but we’ll keep an eye on the fire and move them if we need to.”

7 Sparrows in a Hurricane - July

  • September 28, 2015
  • Posted by Hannah Mincks

It’s really easy to get lost inside your own head when you’re lopping and using bow saws for 10 hours a day, and I found myself slipping into a funk if I didn’t talk to my crew mates for too long.

I learned how important the support of your fellow crew members is during hitch and any break from the monotony of brush work is much appreciated.

The 7 Sparrows in a Hurricane

  • September 28, 2015
  • Posted by Hannah Mincks

“Things will get WEIRD. Embrace it.” I think we all do a great job with that rule.

Check our website for tour schedule

Never Been in a Rock Band Before

  • September 28, 2015
  • Posted by Joseph Crook, Crew Leader

Eventually the tour will come to an end, and the music may die down for just a bit, but until then the show must go on!

The Northern Lights above the hills of Makoshika State Park

Aurora Borealis: Musings on Balance and Connections

  • September 27, 2015
  • Posted by Sara Anderson

Of course I was walking to the outhouse when I first saw it because in this life the sublime and the everyday go hand in hand.  And because on our crew (probably on every crew) everything comes back to poop somehow, though I only needed to pee.  We might have missed it entirely and just gone to bed if I hadn’t needed to pee.  But I did and I looked up, and there on the northern horizon above the outhouse was a smudge of pale green light made of thin and shifting ribbons.

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