L to R: USFS Deputy Regional Forester, Tom Schmidt, MCC CEO & President, Jono McKinney, Hungry Horse/Glacier View and Tally Lake Ranger Districts Trails Manager, Darin Fischer, Northern Rockies Regional Supervisor, Clifford Kipp

2013 Sponsor of the Year

  • December 20, 2013
  • Posted by Nate Hess

Montana Conservation Corps has announced the recipient of its 2013 Sponsor of the Year Award. Darin Fisher was selected after a nomination by Crew Leaders in MCC’s Northern Rockies Region. Fisher joined the Hungry Horse/Glacier View and Tally Lake Ranger Districts as Trail Manager in 2009. Since then, his trainings and support have directly contributed to the fulfillment of MCC’s mission and core values.

“Darin works very hard on our behalf,” said Northern Rockies Regional Supervisor, Clifford Kipp.  “He genuinely believes this work will facilitate the next generation of land stewards.”

Fisher has helped co-train MCC crews since 2010. However, his efforts reach far beyond the districts in the Flathead National Forest.

“He finds value in training people even if they don’t work on his district. He has a big picture mentality,” added Kipp. 

In 2013, through state wide collaboration, Fisher helped implement a trails training program for several MCC regions on Glacier View Mountain. Though hundreds of Corps Members have benefited from Fisher’s hands-on training, his willingness to go above and beyond for individuals truly stands out. 

“His commitment to help us perform at our best impresses every MCC’er and makes us feel like he is not only invested in advancing the professionalism of MCC, but of each MCC’er as well,” said Helen Birk, Northern Rockies Crew Leader.  “Such qualities of patience and compassion are often hard to find in a sponsor, and it makes me proud and thankful to have worked and learned from him this season.”

Darin Fisher grew up in Akron, Ohio and earned a BA in American Studies from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He began his career as a volunteer with the Forest Service in 1999. He spent several seasons on the Buffalo Ranger District, Bridger-Teton National Forest in Moran, Wyoming before accepting his current position in the Flathead National Forest.

Fisher was presented the award during the end of service term celebration for 50 MCC crew leaders.


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