100 Trout-in-the-Classroom

  • November 19, 2014
  • Posted by Brandin Krempasky, Big Sky Watershed Corps Member

As part of my term as Big Sky Watershed Corps, I experienced many unique and exciting opportunities in the beautiful area of Big Sky, Montana. One in particular was Trout-in-the-Classroom.


The Horizon

Looking Back

  • November 13, 2014
  • Posted by Colyne Hislop; CM'13, CL'14

Looking back over the last two years and trying to put all the memories, the laughs, and hard work you have with your crew into words is truly impossible.  There is no way to explain the inside jokes, the joy you get when you get the perfect back-slope and the smell you produce after a ten day hitch.


Director of AmeriCorps Visits MCC Crew

  • November 10, 2014
  • Posted by Mallory Scharf

Bill Basl, Director of AmeriCorps, stopped by last week to visit AmeriCorps members from across the country deployed to Detroit for flood relief. While the outside world might see only the interviews he gave and photos he took while at our worksite, it was his more personal visit to our residence that struck a chord with me as a Corps Member.


Weatherization

  • October 29, 2014
  • Posted by Dan Schillo

Although the measures we take are minor, wrapping a window and putting up stripping around a door is hard to define as “work” when you’re used to lugging chainsaws up mountains; it is the smiles, compassion, and willingness to listen that I believe are the biggest impacts each crew leaves their appointment with.


Hayduke, Me and the Bob

  • October 13, 2014
  • Posted by Alex Baechle

The Bob in Fall, with the aspens yellowing and the smell of change in the air, idyllic streams trickling through a serene forest and all framed by white chalky-looking limestone peaks and crags…


Theodore Roosevelt Park

Change

  • October 02, 2014
  • Posted by James J. Crumpler, III

We worked primarily in the Cottonwood Campground of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  There are two loops in the camp, one is open year round and the other is closed during the winter.


Aspens in July

Growing Roots

  • September 28, 2014
  • Posted by Amanda Garant

A complete stranger gave me some advice on the boardwalk of Mammoth Hot Springs in March of 2013


As we drove away from Salmon-Challis, Idaho Frank Church Middle Fork River of No Return Wilderness, a large herd of elk are moving through the grassland hidden by the low rising clouds.


Omar Mt

A poem inspired by last hitch

  • September 08, 2014
  • Posted by Ben Michel

This was a time not to be swayed by others. This was a time not to sway others, either.


CD Blue Crew: Finishing the Meriwether Trail

  • September 05, 2014
  • Posted by Seth Young

After a summer spent in Meriwether Canyon, Central Divide Blue Crew is finished at Gates of the Mountains Wilderness.


Basin Creek Trail at Dawn

Claw Hands with a View

  • September 04, 2014
  • Posted by Sophie Maloney

On a cold morning in early August I woke up in Yellowstone National Park. It was 5:00 am and still dark outside. The first thing I noticed as I slowly passed from sleep into waking was an inability to open my hands. I tried slowly to open and close them.


A glimpse of my world

  • September 04, 2014
  • Posted by Joe Moran - Western Wildlands- Missoula

When you see a yellow flower, blowing in the wind; you see time.


The prairies of Montana hold a very special sort of beauty. Many of our wildlife live on these seemingly flat lands that look to be uninhabitable. A few of these animals are the coyote, bobcat, mountain lion,and rattle snake and bison.

Russian Olives, Mosquitoes, and the Missouri.

  • September 03, 2014
  • Posted by Rachel 'Ray Ray' Nelsen

Montana is home to many drastic changes in both weather and landscape. During the hitch at Hole In The Wall, Purple Crew really got to experience the heat that is almost as bad as the cold in this lovely state.


The Gates of the Mountains is a very historical area for Montana. It was a major obstetrical for the Lewis and Clark expedition as well as the location of a very deadly fire known as the Mann Gulch Fire of 1949.

Chilling In The Gates Of The Mountains

  • September 03, 2014
  • Posted by Rachel 'Ray Ray' Nelsen

With a sudden change of schedule, Purple Crew was placed in the Gates Of The Mountains Wilderness to help out another crew, the Blue Crew, on the Meriwether Trail.


A bucket full of fish. We would put in a few drops of this chemical that would relax the fish once they breathed it in.

Playing With Fish

  • September 03, 2014
  • Posted by Rachel 'Ray Ray' Nelsen

When you hear Conservation Corps, the first thing that probably comes to your mind is probably anything but sitting over water for hours cutting a tiny fin off of baby fish.


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