A moment of reflection

Remembering Why We Came Here

  • May 19, 2016
  • Posted by Celia Schwenter

Snow falling, cold feet, grey and white skies. I hadn’t been expecting snow. Not that it upset me, I was actually quite excited because it added an extra challenge to our camping and saw training, not to mention an extra element of badass-ness. “What did you do last week?” “Oh, the usual with MCC, cut down some trees with a chain saw in the snow.”

“Crew In Crisis”

  • May 16, 2016
  • Posted by Nate Roberto

How should Youth Crew Leaders mitigate emotional crises among the ranks? Tim Shaw, outdoor education specialist at Whitefish High School, teaches to build resiliency through relationship based approaches.

Building a Better Tomorrow

  • May 10, 2016
  • Posted by MCC

“I’d like to think one day the work I do on Montana’s public lands will lead someone else to realize, like I did, that all good things are wild and free. “ –Melanie Hobgood, MCC Field Crew Leader

GY takes on Hogback Ridge

Training through Tireless Recreation

  • April 26, 2016
  • Posted by Becca Waldo

March came in like a lamb and is heading out like a lion. Daily snow showers and cold in the past weeks came on the heels of balmy weather. Late February and the early parts of this month teased us with sunny days, warm temperatures, and rapid snow melt. The mid-winter thaw got us GY FCLs chomping for the bit for some fresh air and exercise. As Ishmael might say: we were looking to drive off the spleen and regulate the circulation.

YCLs of NRock!

  • April 21, 2016
  • Posted by Kong Yang

I knew what I had signed up for: a leader position that will be leading youth into the unknown for a whole month, twice. I knew it would be different than what I did as a field crew member, although the work would be similar. Getting to Montana would be different for me as well; I flew in two years ago, and now I was going to drive 20 hours from Fresno, California to Kalispell, Montana.

Earth Day is upon us again and there are more ways than ever to get involved and show how you are getting things done for the planet…

Time Passing By

  • April 18, 2016
  • Posted by Isaiah Tanner

I am amazed by the way time passed during these first few weeks. We started work only three weeks ago. I’ve asked a few of the Youth Crew Leaders how long it’s felt to them. Two months, maybe three months. What about the MCC experience has thrown off our internal clocks?

The Crew at the Zoo

  • April 08, 2016
  • Posted by Barrie Potter

When I began with the Montana Conservation Corps, I figured there was a good chance that I would be working in wild places.

Hiking up to our worksite

We’re the Lucky Ones

  • April 08, 2016
  • Posted by Susannah Tuminelli

The combination of careful dedication towards producing quality work, and encouraging members and leaders to develop and grow as the season progresses has created for me, and for countless others, a world in which anything seems possible.  I have seen in myself and in my co-workers the light that comes back to people’s faces when they get off hitch. And you have to admit, who can’t help but feel a little badass when they’ve got dirt covering them from head to toe, after days of swinging tools and living in the beautiful forests and mountains of Northwestern Montana?

The Golden Eagle in Distress Awaiting a Strapping Rescue Crew

The Swan Valley Golden Eagle Connection

  • April 01, 2016
  • Posted by Tim Lawrence

We are real crew leaders now, but we’ll be really real when we have crews to lead in May.

Taken by Philip Dobesh

Selway Leader Hitch

  • March 29, 2016
  • Posted by R. Claire Guest

A rite of passage is sometimes a ceremony, sometimes an experience that makes tangible a journey from ignorance or childhood to maturity and wisdom. The Selway is a sacred hitch for the Western Wildlands region; it’s kind of the testing ground for each new batch of leaders. In the culture of our particular region, I would go so far as to argue it is a rite of passage.

Real Leaders Don’t Retreat

  • March 23, 2016
  • Posted by Chris Chambers

I feel most proud of what I do when I am most exhausted. It is a weird paradox, but this type of work isn’t easy.

The Power of Partnerships

  • March 21, 2016
  • Posted by MCC

The U.S. Forest Service looks to a new model to decide where trail maintenance funding will go, which could result in dramatically reduced funding on public lands in Montana…

EARTHQUAKE! Don’t panic yet, it was just a drill, but if there was an earthquake, rest easy knowing our MCCers would be prepared…

Lake Como Illustration

Lake Como

  • March 10, 2016
  • Posted by Nyssa Prowell

The ink dark sky spills forth pools of glittering stars
I’m a single puff of breath under the vastness
Looking up the hill towards our cabin I hear faint echoes of laughter
Warm light hums from inside

The immensity and deafening stillness of the night
Contrasted next to the fullness of being in the good company of others
Shocks me into a state of gratitude
I take a deep breath

The fullness of the moment draws me in
Listening to the sounds of the icy lake crack and warp
Watching the twinkling sky
The occasional murmur of voices reverberating down the hill

And then I let the moment pass
Turning on the heal of my boot
I understand that Montana already has a piece of my heart
We’ve only just begun our season, but I’m happy to be exactly where I am.

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