- April 09, 2017
- Posted by Guest Blogger
The first hitch for the Greater Yellowstone Youth Crew Leader crew was not in the heart of the Beartooth Mountains or in the depths of the Bighorn Canyon. No, it was not even far from civilization, a fact made abundantly clear by the blaring trains that startled the crew awake in the wee hours of the morning. However, despite being located between a highway and the coal trains, the humble, culturally spectacular museum in the Bighorn County was the perfect launching-off point for a wonderful season serving with MCC. The staff of the museum were incredibly supportive of the MCC and enthusiastic about the budding relationship between the museum and MCC. They were also passionate about the content of the museum, and dedicated time to teaching us about the history, both environmental and cultural, of the Bighorn County region. In this supportive and nurturing environment the crew embarked on their first opportunity to work on a project together as a team, and the passion and dedication exhibited by each and every member of the team was a great omen to the future of this season.
Whether stripping bark from logs destined for an old restored cabin, pruning trees, clearing debris from muddy ditches (team Ditch!), raking accumulated leaves from the grounds (team Black Bean!), or preparing gardens for the coming spring. The team (Ditch Bean!) kept a jovial attitude and hardworking spirit until all tasks were accomplished. Beyond the work itself, the nights at the museum served a valuable lesson to the crew. Though much of the work MCC does is to conserve the land – its beauty, balance, or health – the true value of conservation lies in the people it touches. Be it the youths participating in a summer expedition, the project partners seeing their plans come to fruition, or the hiker simply walking a well-maintained trail, MCC works to serve the people and the community. So this summer when the YCLs are deep in the Beartooths, they will think back on that culturally rich museum with its supportive staff and blaring trains, and they will be reminded with pride that through their conservation work the community and people of Montana are being served.
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