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


Yellow Jacket Creek, As Well Named

  • September 16, 2016
  • Posted by Bree Guy

From black bears around camp, to crew leaders being stung, and jumping into freezing creeks, we ended up having quite an adventure…


A Good Wrap Up To The Season

  • September 13, 2016
  • Posted by Avery Mickey

It was thursday, our last day of work. We were getting packed out the next day from our ten day excursion into the Frank Church-River Of No Return Wilderness. It was our fourth week together and we could all feel the end coming.


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


Wildlife Conservation - An Unexpected Side of MCC

  • August 26, 2016
  • Posted by Mark Dube

When I joined MCC I definitely came in with a certain idea of the type of work we would be doing. Chainsawing was obviously expected: clearing trails, fuels reduction, invasive species removal. Then there is of course trail work; building structures, waterbars, digging tread. And I had obviously heard about Warm Hearts, Warm Homes; going into low income areas and helping to winterize their homes. But so far this season we have gotten the chance to do something I wasn’t expecting: wildlife conservation.


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.


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.


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