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The temperature was low, but spirits were high as the Senior Expedition Leaders engaged in educational workshops, teambuilders, and other activities.
This being her first experience with the outdoors and backpacking in general, Rachel's first interactions with the outdoors on the all-womxn summer crew was far more than she bargained for.
There are no more projects to complete, long hikes to muscle through, or saws to run. The moment is finally here: The season is over
Trailwork isn't always Peaches
Dov writes about a night spent in an old cabin after a long days work
Saying farewell to the Capital W
Heading to the end of the season, this crew gains Immediate satisfaction from building a fence.
Meaningful work performing restoration work in the Mount Haggin Wildlife Management Area
Emma Kelsick writes about building rain barrels with the Sun River Watershed Group.
Hear how this crew built a turnpike on the Continental Divide Trail
Crew highlights of trail work in the rugged Spotted Bear Wilderness in Montana.
Grace Pierstorff of the Bitter Root Water Forum shares her experience teaching seventh-graders what a watershed
Reyna Abreu-Vigil takes us wading through streams to protect native fish habitat with Montana Trout Unlimited and the Lolo National Forest.
Burn areas present both challenges and intrigue for this crew.
A Northern Rockies crew clears the Spotted Louis trail to reach the Clearwater River.
The Nez Perce Crew is starting to feel at home in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, where they will be spending the duration of our term clearing trails with our trusty crosscuts, handsaws and axes.
MCC Crew highlights from working on the Salmon National Forest and the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and falling in love with crosscut work.
Read about the MCC Women's Fire Crew and their "reflections on the concept of failure and how it can be used as a tool for personal and group growth."
An MCC crew enjoys hitch in Yellowstone National Park.
Flying into the wilderness to battle noxious weeds, critters, and rattlesnakes in the Frank.
BSWC 2016 alum Alyson Morris is now working as an environmental communications specialist for Full Science Media. Her organization manages the Conservation Job Board and they recently highlighted another BSWC alum.
Learn some facts about the Bridger-Teton National Forest, what a turnpike is, and how to prevent trail erosion and deterioration.
A typical day in the Northern Rockies can involve unexpected snow in July. This crew was prepared and endured safely back to Basecamp.
Looking forward to a great season.
Porter and Karlee share their thoughts on their first fly-in hitch to the Shearer Guard Station in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness area. Imagine, flying to your project site! They feel lucky to work in these wild places.
Dov shares how it is important to maintain a positive attitude, and how nature can help you be grateful and connected. Crew "connections create positive communication and healthy relationships."
Learn more about the importance of land restoration and how an MCC crew is helping the environmental balance in the Bighorn mountains. Griffin comments "We can relearn our place as a keystone species, and remember that relationships are not just interhuman."
Crew enjoys hitch in the St. Joe National Forest in Idaho
"I want to be thoroughly used up when I die - for the harder I work, the more I leave.”
Day of service contributed to the collection of over 13,000 lbs of nutritious food options with over 1200 lunches prepared. We were food fairies for a day and hundreds of school kids throughout Helena will benefit from this initiative because of this statewide AmeriCorps effort.
Looking back and wishing you had memories that lived in chicken scratch writing on the back of a leather-bound journal.
Musings on Wild Horse Island where you can learn about the island's history and the namesake of the island.
Details of a project hitch during a term of service with MCC with heavy packs, river crossings, and two passes.
Planting with the Nez Perce tribe in Idaho.
As the season of MCC Western Wildlands comes to a close, I can’t shake the feeling that one of these days I’m going to get a message from my crew leaders: “Meet at the office at 6am tomorrow. We’ve got to be at the North Fork Ranger Station right when they open in the morning.” But that message won’t come.
The backcountry season came to a close in October as the Moosebird crew worked for the City of Missoula and participated in the Warm Hearts Warm Homes project in Billings.
The memory of spending nineteen days in the woods hasn’t sunken in yet. In our minds, we are already back in town lying in our beds watching a show and thinking as little as possible about swinging a pick for six hours in the dripping grey chill that defined most of our mini-immersion. But it wasn’t all that bad.
Nine days spent in the Beaverhead National Forest backcountry provided an appreciation for Montana’s natural beauty, a can opener’s work, the endeavors of mountain yearning legs, and the existence of baby wipes (need not say more). As our crew of six spent our first ever hitch together, we discovered the fun, semi-sarcastic dynamic of our group, the perfect time to wake up to get water boiling, how to swing tools in a way that is in accordance with your back muscles, and who on the crew cares about hiding their farts, and who does not.
For this hitch, Lil Bart and the Clear Cut Gang head to Idaho!