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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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


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.


Earth Windows

  • December 07, 2016
  • Posted by Jessica Powers

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


Brenna, Jennifer and Forrest in

Warm Hearts Warm Homes in Eureka & Libby

  • November 16, 2016
  • Posted by Brenna Sellars

There were a few moments in which we couldn’t tell if he was about to cry or if his breath was just catching. We simply stood there in the rain, for about an hour, and listened. Heard about his friends who had died from asbestos poisoning in the last year. Heard about his father who had built this house so many decades ago. He needed someone new to tell his stories to.


In Reference

  • November 03, 2016
  • Posted by Conrad Scheid

Above, it has grown dark enough for the scattered, dusty light of the Milky Way to appear. The line it traces across the night sky seems to reference the facing of the cabin standing next to me, paralleling the line of the roofed porch that has kept our packs and tools dry for the last five days. I wish that one of my crew had stayed with me beside the fire, but I know that I would have had nothing to say had any of them done so. To me, their presence will always be as much comfort as any words…


Saturday, September Eighteenth

  • October 27, 2016
  • Posted by Tim Lawrence

Tell today’s story. Tell about the woman who cried when you gave her the number for further assistance with mold. Tell about how it was the wrong number and you still need to call her back. Tell how she cried with relief and blessed you through her tears.


All The Feels

  • October 19, 2016
  • Posted by Amanda Pfaff

I didn’t see it coming, I didn’t expect it, and I certainly wasn’t looking for it. Maybe that’s what makes it meaningful; the quiet revelations that sneak up on you when you are otherwise entangled. Like the sun peering through the clouds after days of overcast skies, like a breeze kissing your sweat-soaked skin on a summer day… unexpected and refreshing, a soothing surprise. Hello, welcome. I didn’t expect you, but I’m glad you’re here.


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