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.


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!


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