Warming homes and hearts in Polson

  • October 30, 2017
  • Posted by Taylor Cannon

Warm Hearts Warm Homes is a different kind of work than we do most of the season here at MCC. But as we quickly found out, different doesn’t mean less important or impactful.

Winding Down

  • October 28, 2017
  • Posted by Guest Blogger

Already we’re growing reminiscent and nostalgic for what happened just a short while ago, but it’s left such an impact we can’t help but bring it up to each other so frequently.

Utah Crew Takes Idaho!

  • October 26, 2017
  • Posted by Bridget Powmesamy

This one was a doozy! Our first time backcountry! The gang loaded up from the Bonners Ferry Ranger District and arrived at the trailhead with our towering packs—we spent only two nights backcountry, about 4 miles into Idaho Panhandle National Forest. I think it’s safe to say ‘twas a breeze.

We Are Utah Crew

  • October 16, 2017
  • Posted by Kyle Strobel

A series of haikus from our month in Utah.

The Final Hitch (Crew Four)

  • October 12, 2017
  • Posted by Anonymous

With the help (for the first couple of days) of volunteers from the Big Timber Evangelical Church, crew four succeeded in removing 6 miles of dilapidated fence, and replacing 5 miles of said fence.

The Utah Crew hiking through the snow on July 4th

Fourth of July in Glacier

  • October 12, 2017
  • Posted by Taylor Cannon (Utah Crew)

The Fourth of July is my favorite holiday.  Strange I admit.  Most people go with Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving…you know, the ones where presents, food, and sweets are provided. This year, the Utah crew was stationed in Glacier National Park during this sweet, sweet holiday.

Stopping Erosion on the Pacific Northwest Trail

  • October 10, 2017
  • Posted by Leanna Pohevitz

It’s not about if your shoes are tied; it’s about how well they are tied. It’s not about if you’ve eaten breakfast; it’s about if you’ve eaten enough protein to stay standing until your first break. It’s not about if you slept; it’s about if you’re mentally rested enough to hike straight uphill while it’s still dark out.

Preparing for a day of working on trails takes a physical, mental, and emotional toll.

From left to right the back-country crew who made a re-route around Coal Creek: Brandon, Leanna (author), Tucker, RJ, Kira, Dan, Zach and Lisa

Five New Members, One New Trail

  • October 05, 2017
  • Posted by Leanna Pohevitz

In nine nine-hour days they changed Glacier National Park in a good way. How many people can say that? Unclear, but these six and their two project partners - RJ and Zach surely can.

Laying down the Gravel!

Adventures in Many Glacier!

  • October 02, 2017
  • Posted by Noah Blanton

After two weeks of orientation, training, and preparing for the first hitch of the Fall season, the time had come for our crew to graduate from recent recruit, to Crew Member for the Montana Conservation Corps.

Finished Product

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

  • October 02, 2017
  • Posted by Lisa F

The trail we were tasked to work on was located up near Tally Lake.

Cloud Peak Wilderness, Bighorns

  • October 01, 2017
  • Posted by Mitch Lassa

On one of the last days, we were knee-deep in the stream, wrestling with rock bars, trying to move boulders that were sunk in the mud. Ashley had one foot balanced on a small island of grass and the other on a point of rock just above the water. I don’t know how he didn’t fall in.

The crew lined up on a switchback

Brining Trails Back to Life

  • September 29, 2017
  • Posted by Tim Pickel

When a forest service employee found a trail last mapped in 1937, the MCC was tasked with the revival project.

Working for MCC: An Experience of a Lifetime

  • September 27, 2017
  • Posted by Hunter Brooks

I could not be more elated and fulfilled with the experience and friendship received from working with MCC this season.

 Oh grand ancient tree/ Nature chopped you down, at first/ This time, it’s our turn

A Tree Haiku, and Other Things

  • September 25, 2017
  • Posted by Shel Reinertson

Oh grand ancient tree
Nature chopped you down, at first
This time, it’s our turn

Gathered on the Porch

My First Romance Novel

  • September 25, 2017
  • Posted by Isabel Christy

I brought the book on hitch as a joke to read to the crew. However, by the end of hitch I was reading the book on my own… Turns out this book had everything one could want from a romance novel: a family feud, an evil twin, attempted murder, kidnapping, and a mysterious/dangerous man with a soft side that manifests in his feeding of baby animals and painting hobby.

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