GY takes on Hogback Ridge

Training through Tireless Recreation

  • April 26, 2016
  • Posted by Becca Waldo

March came in like a lamb and is heading out like a lion. Daily snow showers and cold in the past weeks came on the heels of balmy weather. Late February and the early parts of this month teased us with sunny days, warm temperatures, and rapid snow melt. The mid-winter thaw got us GY FCLs chomping for the bit for some fresh air and exercise. As Ishmael might say: we were looking to drive off the spleen and regulate the circulation.

YCLs of NRock

  • April 21, 2016
  • Posted by Kong Yang

The YCLs of the Northern Rockies!

Earth Day is upon us again and there are more ways than ever to get involved and show how you are getting things done for the planet…

Time Passing By

  • April 18, 2016
  • Posted by Isaiah Tanner

I am amazed by the way time passed during these first few weeks. We started work only three weeks ago. I’ve asked a few of the Youth Crew Leaders how long it’s felt to them. Two months, maybe three months. What about the MCC experience has thrown off our internal clocks?

The Crew at the Zoo

  • April 08, 2016
  • Posted by Barrie Potter

When I began with the Montana Conservation Corps, I figured there was a good chance that I would be working in wild places.

Hiking up to our worksite

We’re the Lucky Ones

  • April 08, 2016
  • Posted by Susannah Tuminelli

The combination of careful dedication towards producing quality work, and encouraging members and leaders to develop and grow as the season progresses has created for me, and for countless others, a world in which anything seems possible.  I have seen in myself and in my co-workers the light that comes back to people’s faces when they get off hitch. And you have to admit, who can’t help but feel a little badass when they’ve got dirt covering them from head to toe, after days of swinging tools and living in the beautiful forests and mountains of Northwestern Montana?

The Golden Eagle in Distress Awaiting a Strapping Rescue Crew

The Swan Valley Golden Eagle Connection

  • April 01, 2016
  • Posted by Tim Lawrence

We are real crew leaders now, but we’ll be really real when we have crews to lead in May.

Taken by Philip Dobesh

Selway Leader Hitch

  • March 29, 2016
  • Posted by R. Claire Guest

A rite of passage is sometimes a ceremony, sometimes an experience that makes tangible a journey from ignorance or childhood to maturity and wisdom. The Selway is a sacred hitch for the Western Wildlands region; it’s kind of the testing ground for each new batch of leaders. In the culture of our particular region, I would go so far as to argue it is a rite of passage.

Real Leaders Don’t Retreat

  • March 23, 2016
  • Posted by Chris Chambers

I feel most proud of what I do when I am most exhausted. It is a weird paradox, but this type of work isn’t easy.

The Power of Partnerships

  • March 21, 2016
  • Posted by MCC

The U.S. Forest Service looks to a new model to decide where trail maintenance funding will go, which could result in dramatically reduced funding on public lands in Montana…

EARTHQUAKE! Don’t panic yet, it was just a drill, but if there was an earthquake, rest easy knowing our MCCers would be prepared…

Lake Como Illustration

Lake Como

  • March 10, 2016
  • Posted by Nyssa Prowell

The ink dark sky spills forth pools of glittering stars
I’m a single puff of breath under the vastness
Looking up the hill towards our cabin I hear faint echoes of laughter
Warm light hums from inside

The immensity and deafening stillness of the night
Contrasted next to the fullness of being in the good company of others
Shocks me into a state of gratitude
I take a deep breath

The fullness of the moment draws me in
Listening to the sounds of the icy lake crack and warp
Watching the twinkling sky
The occasional murmur of voices reverberating down the hill

And then I let the moment pass
Turning on the heal of my boot
I understand that Montana already has a piece of my heart
We’ve only just begun our season, but I’m happy to be exactly where I am.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Saw

  • March 03, 2016
  • Posted by Rebecca Winch

I stood underneath a huge Douglas fir. My heart was pounding - not metaphorically, seriously trying to pound its way out of my chest. My knees were shaky and I was sweating. This tree was over 50 feet tall, and I was about to cut it down with a chainsaw.

Just Another Day in Yellowstone

Land Love

  • March 03, 2016
  • Posted by Adny Cembalisty

I’ve always believed that it’s not often only where you are, but who you’re with, that makes life truly worth living…

An Interview with Katheryne Lewis

  • March 03, 2016
  • Posted by MCC

In this short but sweet interview from The Corps Network, alumni Katheryne Lewis talks about the work we do here at MCC, her career aspirations, and what her MCC experience meant to her.

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