Nathan Cox and Friends Memorial Fund

Nathan Cox

Greater Yellowstone, 1999

Nathan served with the Montana Conservation Corps in the deep forests and backcountry meadows of Yellowstone and the Gallatin mountains, where he demonstrated perseverance, fortitude, and learned lessons that would one day help him face his biggest challenge.

Nathan especially loved working with a dedicated group of kindred spirits who shared his love of the outdoors. The confidence and tenacity he developed while serving with MCC helped him as he faced a courageous battle with cancer before he died in 2003. 

In memory of Nathan and the camaraderie he found at MCC, the Cox Family established the Nathan Cox & Friends Memorial Fund at the Montana Conservation Corps to honor Nathan and other MCC alumni whose lives were also cut short.

Gifts to the Fund honor a group of dedicated young men and women who made a significant commitment to community through conservation service. It also honors the corps members who continue to this legacy of service each and every year.

Paul Busch

Northern Rockies, 2006-07

Paul Busch was a gifted athlete, a philosopher, and well-loved brother, son, and friend. He was an excellent fly fisherman, hiker, climber, and skier. Loved by everyone in the universe, he certainly loved life and lived it to the fullest every day. He had a pixie-ish sense of humor and loved pranks but was never unkind to anyone.

Paul came to Montana as an AmeriCorps member with MCC and stayed on with the Forest Service as a Wilderness ranger, which allowed him to tromp through the forest everyday with his buddy Kyle and his amazing dog, Fred. Paul was very much a lover of nature. He appreciated the commonality of natural elements, but perhaps more so the diversity of nature which makes all things unique. He loved the rocks, the trees, the rippling streams and cloud-dotted blue sky. Whether it be Montana, Missouri, the Mission Mountains, or anywhere on earth, his spirit has been released to join in that force. 

Mark Slovich

Northern Rockies, 2010

From Pennsylvania, Mark found his greatest joys working on backcountry trails and magical mountains during his service in the Montana Conservation Corps. His 2010 immersion crew experience in the Bob Marshall Wilderness changed him as he wrote “more than could be imagined.”

Offering his unique gifts and outdoor skills to those of his fellow crew members, Mark treasured each new friend and the wonderful times that they shared. He found great satisfaction in contributing to the rich tradition of dedicated corps members who opened the way for all who would follow. Marveling at his opportunity, Mark enthusiastically gave of himself in the work of stewardship, and his spirit soared in answer to fulfilling his deepest desires.

To make a gift, please reference the fund in a note with your gift.

Click here to donate online, or mail a check with your name, mailing address, and phone number and mail to:

Montana Conservation Corps
206 North Grand
Bozeman, MT 59715