Mules and a Cabin

7 Sparrows in a National Park

  • January 21, 2016
  • Posted by Cruisin' Susan

As the MCC’s season is starting to wrap up, waves of preemptive nostalgia have begun to wash over me. As a crew, we’re pushing through a bit of a hump. Some of us have had a harder time staying productive and on top of our game. However, through some careful communication, we’ve been able to stay on track, and remind each other that we’re almost there!


Makoshika, the Underdog

  • January 12, 2016
  • Posted by Marguerite Leoni

Every time my pick dug into that soft easy soil I could not help but feel like I was chipping away at the Great Pyramid of Giza.


Take a walk on the wild side!

When the Coyotes Howl

  • December 15, 2015
  • Posted by Jessica Lee Richardson

A poetic reflection about my time with the Montana Conservation Corps.


The Herd

A “Boring” Day

  • December 13, 2015
  • Posted by Mary Ward, Youth Expedition Member

Our mission was to locate and capture the hidden metal snakes (old fencing wire) that were coiled beneath cloaks of grass and moss, waiting to strike their unsuspecting victim.


H-Brace and Fencline

In the Wonderland of Glaciers

  • December 01, 2015
  • Posted by Calysta Santacroce

...just as the Cheshire Cat appears in the sky giving Alice hope, I hope that one day, myself, or my fellow MCCers, may materialize themselves into a position of influence for potential improvements in grant appropriation for more compelling work in the beautiful Wonderland of Glaciers.


Horizons

MCC is for EVERYONE!

  • November 18, 2015
  • Posted by Merlin

We are still gaining from this program, just in ways that are different now and that change all the time.


Building bridges takes E.N.E.R.G.Y.

96 Ounces of Pasta!?

  • November 16, 2015
  • Posted by Amanda Aldridge, Crewmember

Not only is the amount of food I’ve been consuming on hitch exceeding my expectations, but what we are consuming is more than anything I ever thought possible. Thai noodles in peanut sauce, burritos with all the fixings, chicken bowls, homemade pizzas, and sushi. Yes, I said sushi.


Group shot outside the station

Airplane Mode Will Set You Free

  • September 28, 2015
  • Posted by Connor Adams, Crew Member

Being the central node of a wilderness area, all employees are subject to the same rules that govern wilderness areas across the country. No machines, no power tools, no wheels, and the ever-present injunction to leave the area as “untrammeled by man” as possible and conducive to “solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation.”


Took a pic with the plane.

Fire on the Mountain

  • September 28, 2015
  • Posted by Connor Adams, Crew Member

“What’s the status on the Bone Creek fire?”
“Spreading slowly, doesn’t look like much of a threat at the moment.”
“The MCC crew is at Scott Lake, just a mile north of that drainage.”
“Affirmative, they’re in a safe spot for now, but we’ll keep an eye on the fire and move them if we need to.”


Check our website for tour schedule

Never Been in a Rock Band Before

  • September 28, 2015
  • Posted by Joseph Crook, Crew Leader

Eventually the tour will come to an end, and the music may die down for just a bit, but until then the show must go on!


Going in...as in, inward.

Utah Blog Post

  • September 21, 2015
  • Posted by Jesse DeLaughder

The Northern Rockies MCC dispatched an adult crew to the Ashley National Forest, Duchesne Ranger District for 6 weeks of high altitude, backcountry trail maintenance. CM Jesse takes a stab at capturing some of the lasting sentiments.


Group Shot at Big Prairie Station (M.Reavis)

Big Thoughts at Big Prairie

  • September 21, 2015
  • Posted by Maeve Wrixon

“It is the song of the hermit thrush at twilight and the lapping of waves against the shoreline and the melody of the wind in the trees. It is the unique odor of balsams and of freshly turned humus and of mist rising from mountain meadows. It is the feel of spruce needles underfoot and sunshine on your face and wind blowing through your hair. It is all of these at the same time, blended into a unity that can only be appreciated with leisure and which is ruined by artificiality.”

-Bob Marshall


Our back country campsite on the CDT

Back Country Camping Vs. Front Country Camping

  • September 10, 2015
  • Posted by Chase

The difference between front and back country camping.


Oasis in the Wilderness

Plans versus Reality

  • September 04, 2015
  • Posted by Jedd Sankar-Gorton

The plan was simple: hike a crew member 15 miles into the Great Bear Wilderness and meet up with her crew. The reality played out a little differently.


On our final day of work on our first week’s project, I felt that we had made a very tangible change to the local environment. That few miles of fence that we had taken out were a few miles reclaimed to Nature. One could look to see what work was still to be had—which would be somewhat discouraging, but I am of the opinion that the positive aspect of any given situation should be dwelled upon. And we truly had many things to be proud of that first week.


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