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.


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.


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.


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.


Our family photo.

Oh, how the mind wanders…

  • September 01, 2014
  • Posted by Amanda Garant

The other crews in our region have spent all season hiking to their work sites. Collectively, they have probably trekked hundreds of miles, uphill both ways, while carrying billions of pounds on their backs .


Keepers of the Gates

  • August 25, 2014
  • Posted by Alex Barton

If the mountains could speak they’d tell you about the laughter that gifted us with belly aches, and the whistling lessons and worried walks in the wind.


Sometimes, When it Rains, it Pours

  • August 14, 2014
  • Posted by Kasia Kieleczawa

Murphy’s Law does really come in to play sometimes. Luckily, when you have a great crew you can just laugh it off.


Tasty Traditions

  • August 14, 2014
  • Posted by Kasia Kieleczawa

Sometimes tomato soup and grilled cheese can still make things all better.


1910, United States Forest Fires

Trees of our Fathers, Part II

  • August 08, 2014
  • Posted by James J. Crumpler, III

On August 20, hurricane force winds drove down from Canada to push these scattered fires into a single conflagration that, by the time it died, had consumed 3 million acres, or 4,687 square miles.


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