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.


Sunset on top of Odell Mountain

Rock Work and Snow

  • September 19, 2016
  • Posted by Crispin Peters

Hard work in extreme conditions would push most people past their limits; for this MCC crew it was just another day at the office.


at camp

Along the Bull River

  • September 19, 2016
  • Posted by Avery Mickey

The sun stayed high in the blue
As the long days drifted by
Fighting through brambles
Splashing through creeks
Working in the mud


Group Photo - Left to right - Josh, Anya, Deena, Kaleigh, Sam and Joe in the back row; Cindy and Anna in the front row

Midge Creek Turnpikes

  • September 13, 2016
  • Posted by Deena Shotzberger

Cabinet Back Country Horsemen and Montana Conservation Corp team up to improve a section of the Pacific Northwest Scenic Trail


Praises for the YCC!

  • August 24, 2016
  • Posted by Samantha Mckeachnie

In the Swan Valley up a dirt road, with no cell service and not another human soul in sight. The pointed mountain peaks still holding their snow and whitetail deer poking their heads out into the morning light. This is a common work environment for the crews of MCC.


Sweaty Mushrooms and July snow

  • August 19, 2016
  • Posted by Megan Hazen

Try as we might, our crew can’t come up with a catchy nickname that outlasts “Sweaty Mushrooms.” The origin story of Sweaty Mushrooms is not interesting: we had a package of mushrooms on one of our first hitches that became sweaty by the time we used them for a dinner. But the name has staying power; maybe because we are usually sweaty and very earthy, like mushrooms.


Bear Trap Weeds

  • August 15, 2016
  • Posted by Cassie Andrews

We will never be able to un-see what we saw in Bear Trap Canyon. We were once able to take a hike through the woods, a stroll through the park, and even a nice walk through our neighborhoods without much of a thought to what surrounded us—noxious weeds.


The Cold Rescue

  • August 08, 2016
  • Posted by Kong Yang

The day was only supposed to entail a steady 5 mile hike into Iceberg Lake, a high-country survey (mountain goats and big-horned sheep), then hike back out to Many Glacier in Glacier National Park. The hike to Iceberg Lake was calm, cool and relaxing. The crew took pictures on the way, enjoying the views and cool air that day. Going slower than usual, we arrived at the lake around 11:30am…


Lexie Sorenson before heading out from Tin Cup Lake to the pass on July 17, 2016.

Reflections and Tin Cup Creek with the MCC RAC Crew

  • July 29, 2016
  • Posted by Tim Goessman

Our last hitch up Tin Cup Creek, was, to me, the most rewarding one yet. We saw some beautiful country and finally got to learn more advance trail maintenance techniques.


“How was your hitch?”

  • July 28, 2016
  • Posted by Conrad Scheid

“How was your hitch?”

That’s a question I’ve grown accustomed to hearing over the last couple months. Like many niceties of conversation, it’s an easier thing to ask than to answer…


The Infinite Circle of Service

  • July 25, 2016
  • Posted by Jackie-Teresa Hart

The rotating Earth has gifted the now present horizon with the enchantment, the fulfilling nourishment of the sun’s rays.  The beaming glory, Robins calling, flowing about with a dozen species of other singing morning birds… Sitting with the Missouri River, as the Earth continues it’s rotation, the sun kisses the White Cliffs with glory. Swallowtails fly, between their homes upon the cliffs and the campground. Teal dragonflies greet thee, and goodness this day! It has begun.


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