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.

Springtime in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness

  • April 29, 2017
  • Posted by Avery Mickey Immersion Leader

Within minutes we were over Hamilton flying into one of the dramatic canyons which characterize the Bitterroot Mountains. Hank followed the canyon up till all the mountains below were covered in the last remains of winter. Then just as quickly the white snow retreated farther and farther until it was only on the highest mountain tops and we were in Idaho, landing at Shearer Guard Station.

Stripping Logs

Night At The Museum

  • April 09, 2017
  • Posted by Guest Blogger

Beyond the work itself, the nights at the museum served a valuable lesson to the crew.  Though much of the work MCC does is to conserve the land – its beauty, balance, or health – the true value of conservation lies in the people it touches.

Tired, Sweaty, Sore

  • March 19, 2017
  • Posted by Ryn Briggs

For the past three days, 16 of my fellow crew leaders and I took our first steps out of the classroom to start the physical aspect of our service.

From left to right: Destiny, Blair, Kelsey, Chris H, Sarah, Victoria, Caroline, and Adam. Photo Creds: Chris C.

Just the Beginning

  • March 18, 2017
  • Posted by Guest Blogger

Today marks our first full week as Youth Crew Leaders with MCC!

Zocalo Pint Night was a Success!

  • February 14, 2017
  • Posted by Nate Hess

Zocalo Coffee House hosted their first ever Pints for a Purpose event and Montana Conservation Corps had the privilege of being first!

Winter Wonderland

  • January 02, 2017
  • Posted by Gabe Brodowy

The weather forecast for Challis, ID, called for temperatures in the 80s all week and the slightest chance of rain over the weekend. Our camp, however, 16 miles outside of Challis and more than 3,000ft above it, may as well have been a different world

Russian Olive Removal

  • December 27, 2016
  • Posted by Mark Dube

“Russian Olive…it sounds like a fancy salad dressing.”

Checking In At Bear Lodge

  • December 22, 2016
  • Posted by Jeremy Aaron

With the season winding down and everyone getting ready for the next step in their lives and careers, there is nothing like an inspiring project and landscape to remind us of the value of our time spent serving with MCC.

Cabinet Ranger Station

  • December 19, 2016
  • Posted by Corinne Gescheidle and Dan Hagen

Eight weeks ago our lives changed forever! Well, not really…

I LOVE MCC, And So Will You!

  • December 13, 2016
  • Posted by Chelsea Wirthlin

For a lot of kids in this program, this is the first job they have ever had

Earth Windows

  • December 07, 2016
  • Posted by Jessica Powers

I can’t believe I get paid to do this. Life is a beautiful blessing.

Building Character While Building Fences

  • December 05, 2016
  • Posted by Northern Rockies

Our best day as a crew also happened to be one of the most physically demanding days

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