Introduction to Big Prairie

  • August 22, 2016
  • Posted by Zachary Dellorto-Blackwell

World class fly fishing, dream backpacking trips like the Chinese Wall, and serene prairies of wild flowers.


Conservation Comes In Many Forms

  • August 22, 2016
  • Posted by Phil Batson

When asked why I wanted to work for the Montana Conservation Corps on a Veteran Green Corps crew back in March, I responded with” I can get paid a little bit to camp all summer and work with my brothers from various branches of the military.” I never knew that my answer would become an educational response highlighting conservation through fuels reduction. Since I began my journey in mid-May, I have found an even deeper appreciation for conservation of the environment, and learned new aspects as to what conservation is. Conservation comes in many forms, from limiting use of an area to preserve the natural landscape as best as possible, but it also includes fuels reduction and cutting down trees.


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.


The project partners getting ready to work with elk in the background.

Good Times In Madison

  • August 17, 2016
  • Posted by Jeremiah Wetherby

This week the De Gado crew was working with the Yellowstone Resource Management Team out of Madison. We sprayed in many different locations and over different types of terrain. This week we sprayed on a steep mountain the team calls Knapweed mountain. We also covered flatter areas that are along the Madison river. In these areas it was common to see people and different kinds of wildlife.


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 Beginning of a Love Affair

  • August 15, 2016
  • Posted by Emily Smaldone

Joining the MCC nearly mid-season this past month has been something of a homecoming for me, even if to a place I haven’t been before. This season is my third of trailwork, my first two having been in eastern Nevada and south-central Alaska. After my first season, I knew I liked working outside but was ambivalent about trailwork itself. After my second, due to a combination of personal circumstances and a crew of Negative Nancies, I swore off trail-crew for good.


Marshall Mountain: The Hot SauceTrail

  • August 13, 2016
  • Posted by Guest Blogger

The Beginning.


Leave Some Bumps in the Trail

  • August 12, 2016
  • Posted by Phillip Dobesh

Cutting tread on a different kind of trail. One with looping turns and at times slowly meanders with your future route in sight. The defining features of this trail are not put in place so that it is the easiest route but instead one that will challenge the traveler to get there tires off the ground and still negotiate the next corner while doing so.


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…


Grizzly Bae Takes Backcountry

  • August 08, 2016
  • Posted by Alice Butler

There’s no doubt we got better at seeing the good in a bad situation over the course of our last hitch. Until then, we were spoiled with the luxuries of front country camping.


Why We Work

  • August 06, 2016
  • Posted by Forrest Barclay

When you work on trail for eight days without seeing a single person hiking it you begin to wonder if the work we do is even worth it.


The Impenetrable Fence

  • August 04, 2016
  • Posted by Charles S. Christman

This week brought hard times, and good times. As we found out the pains of building a fence between to different lives. As we move forward the team shall become greater in the future.


How Lucky Am I?

  • August 04, 2016
  • Posted by David Johnson

Last month, the Central Divide Youth Crew Leaders visited Canyon Ferry Reservoir many times. Our first week there was a very enjoyable introduction to this local attraction managed by the Bureau of Reclamation. Our excellent project partner Taryn Preston, General Natural Resources Manager and Biological Scientist at Canyon Ferry, put us to work blocking vehicle access to protected areas, taking down damaged fencing, building new fencing, and planting trees and shrubs around the campgrounds.


Crewlander Faces The Inevitable Mid-Season Slump

  • August 03, 2016
  • Posted by Guest Blogger

The seasonal period of trail work entails five and a half months of grueling labor. As a crew, we began the season in strong form with exuberant amounts of energy. However, from the commencement of hitch #4 things just didn’t feel quite normal. Just like running a long race, we learned to overcome low points and keep on pace no matter what.


An Adventureful Summer

  • August 01, 2016
  • Posted by Philip Wagner

It is our final workday and Crew 8 has just been chased down a mountainside by a group of mountain goats. From the desert to the Rocky Mountains to Coldstone Creamery, we’ve bonded and come together through many adventures. From Carac’s humor, Chet’s brilliance, Cole’s inventiveness, Phil’s focus, Jake’s super beard, and Darian’s enthusiasm and love for the outdoors, we came together as one to conserve nature and protect the environment.


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