A Sense of Place

  • June 24, 2017
  • Posted by Mark Strayer

Making a new home, finding your place in an old place new to you, is something worth experiencing in life.

Veteran Crews Complete Fire Guard School

  • June 22, 2017
  • Posted by Nate Hess

Both crews of the Veteran Green Corps completed firefighting guard school over the week of the 12th of June. This makes both crews fully qualified to combat wildfires.

Smile for the Camera

Log Gulch Trail Work

  • June 21, 2017
  • Posted by Andy Reimanis

After four 10-hour days, trail work is a lot harder than expected. From 6/5-6/8, we widened a game trail so it could be made visible from the campground. The days were long, but the satisfaction of finishing a physically demanding job is very rewarding.

Sophia destroys a log

What does it mean to be in the real world?

  • June 17, 2017
  • Posted by Kara Nosal

What does it mean to be in the real world? This is a question that popped through my head many times this first hitch. For the group of us—Lexi, Tony, Sofia, Kevin, and I— this was our first conservation corps hitch ever. For myself, it was the longest time I had ever camped consecutively.

The brushed in trail before clearing

A Sense of Accomplishment

  • June 15, 2017
  • Posted by Kara Nosal

Think back to the last time you felt a sense of accomplishment. What did it take to make you feel this way? Maybe you got the crust of a cherry pie just right, hit the high note in a song, or ran a 6 minute mile. Maybe you cleared a trail of brush to make it safe for hikers, like me. This hitch, we worked hard, and in the end, felt a great sense of accomplishment.

First Project for the Veterans Green Corps

  • June 15, 2017
  • Posted by Nate Hess

The Veteran Green Corps successfully completed their first project between the 30th of May and 7th of June.

Second Week at MCC

  • June 11, 2017
  • Posted by Andrew Parkman

During the second week at MCC, my crew completed chainsaw training outside of the Glacier View Ranger Station and camped at Emery Bay campground.

Getting familiar with the pack mules

Spotted Bear Orientation

  • June 10, 2017
  • Posted by Brittany Erickson

During the first week of June, three MCC crews went through orientation up at the Spotted Bear Ranger Station.

A tipi erected for a traditional springtime ceremony

Springtime on the Rez

  • June 10, 2017
  • Posted by Mike Picard

Field crew leaders Shoshanna and Mike have been spending much of their spring training on the Blackfeet reservation, getting their crew established for a busy season. This is only the second season for the MCC Blackfeet crew, so there’s a lot to get done! Recruiting their members, representing the MCC at public events, making contacts, and simply exploring the area. Read what these crew leaders think of their season on “the Rez!”

Novel Experiences Made Easy

  • June 09, 2017
  • Posted by Emma-Lea Harris

When confronted with a flood of information all at once, friends can be the only thing that helps you keep your sanity.

Western Wildlands Crew Photo

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.

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