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Part of Something Bigger Than Me

  • June 09, 2017
  • Posted by Tano Chidwick

Creases still fresh on my work pants and boots just broken in, I felt a mix of emotions stirring up. Excitement to be a part of such an eclectic group of characters from all over the country, and anticipation for the awesome summer to come, rising steadily as I learned more and more the awesome work we were going to be doing. I knew that out of this rag tag team of vagabonds and locals alike, I was meeting my future crew of seven or eight individuals. I was, and still am, beyond stoked to meet and get to know such quality, hardcore people.

Hearts Full & Heads Held High

  • June 08, 2017
  • Posted by Jay Schmidt

The rig was loaded
Tarps unfolded
Into the valley we went
With picks and shovels and grit and hope
We dug until we were spent

Crushing it in Yellowstone

  • June 06, 2017
  • Posted by Nate Hess

During the middle of May the Montana Conservation Corps spent an interesting week at Mammoth hot springs in Yellowstone National Park.

About a Mile…

  • June 06, 2017
  • Posted by Chris Harris

Having just stuffed our backpacks to the max with all the group gear we could, I felt that all our packs had to weigh at least 50 pounds. We saddled up and began to plod on, ready for what was ahead.

Bear Trap Canyon

  • June 06, 2017
  • Posted by Brandon Materna

On the first Monday in May we ventured into the Bear Trap Canyon Wilderness along the Madison range to maintain switchbacks and improve the Pot Trail.

Trails Training

  • June 04, 2017
  • Posted by Mark Strayer

For all the time we spend hiking on trails, we often take the process that goes into making them for granted.

Pompey’s Pillar Surprise

  • May 30, 2017
  • Posted by Caroline Geiger

At Pompey’s Pillar, my co-leader and I learned that sometimes situations can truly surprise you, in the best of ways.

Miles City Planting

  • May 30, 2017
  • Posted by Abby Kravis

I enjoy planting. There’s something nice about having my hands in the soil, trying to cultivate a small, baby plant to grow and flourish in life. I appreciate the opportunity for growth and new life. As I pack in the soil around the roots, I care for the young life and give it a little bit of love. I wish it well in life and hope that it’s new home treats it well.

Trails Training Week: A Week of Triumph

  • May 30, 2017
  • Posted by Maria Vignati

The leaders of the Montana Conservation Corps had a fantastic week furthering their trail and chainsaw experience!

Belle Fourche, SD

  • May 30, 2017
  • Posted by Carolyn Bennett

This March I went to South Dakota for the first time!

Freshmen on the Trails

  • May 14, 2017
  • Posted by Guest Blogger

Northern Rockies Youth Crew Leaders participated in the Freshman on the Trails day.

Can You Dig It?

  • May 05, 2017
  • Posted by Caroline Perruci

Along the banks of the Yellowstone River during the chilly last week of April, the Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) Youth Crew Leaders of Greater Yellowstone spent their days planting saplings for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  The crew planted over 500 Cottonwood and Willow trees for the BLM’s Miles City Field Office, in the hopes of restoring trees to the rather sparse riparian landscape.

Lop, Lop, Lop for Sage Grouse!

  • May 05, 2017
  • Posted by Jade Wennlund

It finally happened!  We went on our first nine day hitch to beautiful Malta, ID to work on sage grouse habitat improvement.

First Spring Hitch

  • May 03, 2017
  • Posted by Calvin Olson

The snow had thawed, spring had broke, and our working season was upon us. Our first task was to maintain a 23 mile stretch of trail along the Selway River that had not been maintained all winter. The trail leads to the backcountry ranger station at Moose Creek.

Hiking to Camas Creek

Camas Creek #044

  • April 29, 2017
  • Posted by Aimee Posnanski

This hitch is different than the last in that we set up a spike camp, and are only working on a four mile stretch of trail. The muscles work, the feet work, the energy spent, all to the cost of sleeping in the wild. Not just sleeping – working, living, eating, conversing, relaxing, and decompressing in the wild. .....The sun baked Idaho landscape brings a smell on the breeze that I’ve never smelled anywhere else. It’s one of my favorite smells in the world. It’s the smell of baking trees, sweetly scented; the smell of the wild.

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