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If you want to be in the know about what’s going on at our organization, you’ve come to the right place.   Be sure to check back regularly to get our latest news updates.

Francesca describes their crew's hitch at Granite Lake in the Cabinet Mountains and the refreshing qualities of a good old head dunk.

We really crushed this hitch... literally

Josh describes his crew's recent hitch, working on trails around the town of Helena.

Graham describes The Curdle Sister's second hitch planting native plants at Pompey's Pillar National Monument.

Rosy describes her first hitch on an all-female crew and working with a reconstruction crew.

The season of building beaver mimicry dams begins!

In this blog, Ellie recalls their crew's recent hitch where they observed a dispatch office for fire response and worked to mitigate juniper.

Crew member William shares his account of their recent hitch to construct a wildlife-friendly fence in the Madison Valley.

Wildland Restoration Crew member Will recounts a recent hitch where his crew partnered with the West Yellowstone Resource Management team to put an end to the noxious weed epidemic in good ole Yellowstone National Park.

Logan recounts Field Crew 2's second hitch to Big Hole Battlefield and the important historical significance that site has.

Guest authors Russell and Cam write about their hitch in the Pryors building jack fences with Don and the BLM.

Crew Member Jessie briefly describes this Northern Rockies crew's first hitch!

This post highlights the skills that Greater Yellowstone Crew 6 (aka Mud Crew) developed on their first hitch in the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota.

New Northern Rockies leader Aaron recounts his dizzying first few days arriving to serve with MCC and being whisked into the backcountry- meanwhile learning he is more adaptable than he thinks.

In these two submissions, authors Jessica and Mia share their first hitch experiences building a trail and learning how to use tools at Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Emigrant, MT.

Our WRT crew worked with Yellowstone Resource Management to learn how to ID and treat noxious weeds in the Greater Yellowstone area.

In the corps world, you're often stopped by trail users for thanks and questions. In this blog, Nicholas shares what response quickly became the running joke of the hitch: "Not a bad office!"

MCC’s North and South Youth Programs combined forces this past week to finish out a multi-week long boardwalk project in Yellowstone National Park.

This local Kalispell and Troy Leaders Crew partnered up with Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks to help the restoration process of local and cross-county rivers.

The Northern Senior Expedition Leaders had the exciting opportunity to work with two new partners this month- Citizens for a Better Flathead and Lake County Conservation District on two very different, very impactful projects.

This Leader Crew from the Greater Yellowstone Region traveled to Miles City to help the Tongue and Yellowstone Irrigation District clean up the irrigation canal.

This Greater Yellowstone Leaders Crew partnered with the BLM, just outside of Billings, to clear out the invasive Russian Olive.

Greater Yellowstone Crew Leader Rob recounts their recent hitch to Billings to remove invasive Russian Olive.

Women's Fire Crew Leader Lauryn reflects on their project to reduce wildfire fuels in the Custer National Forest, Sioux Ranger District in Camp Crook North Dakota.

Greater Yellowstone Leaders Rob and Dorothy recount their first crew leader hitch into the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness, along the Salmon River in Idaho.

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.