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Welcome to the MCC Blog!

 

If you want to be in the know about what’s going on at our organization, you’ve come to the right place. This blog features our member's stories, straight from the field. Be sure to check back regularly to read the latest updates.

 

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The Latest Blog Articles:



 

Nya walks us through what it's like to learn how to identify trees!

Riley recounts how their crew rose from the ashes during a particularly difficult hitch.

A little writing to show the fun things we’ve learned!

Teal crew survives a great battle with the ferocious, but unsuspecting, beast, the tick.

Our hitch working with the Foys to Blacktail Trails Association.

“Time is like a river. You cannot touch the same water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment.”

Michael recounts a recent hitch in Glacier National Park

Billy recounts their crew's first hitch with MCC: an introduction to trail work.

New and improved Reunion Flats campground

The Big Sky Watershed Corps Service Project is an annual volunteer event in partnership with local nonprofit organizations on the last day of Montana Conservation Corps’ Technical Skills training. Heather reflects on the event and the importance of community service.

a freeform poem, written during the course of FCM orientation and training, 05/20 - 05/24

This week, the Wildland Restoration Team spent the week training in Yellowstone alongside park employees; studying invasive weed removal, safety, and even plant surveying!

Our new GY crew members recap their first week.

A Short Poem about our time spent working with BLM Billings in the Badlands

WRT training hitch with Montana Freshwater Partners.

Natalia recounts the leaders' recent hitch in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest.

GY Crew leads take on chainsaws.

LDP Cabin Retreat 2024

Read Ally's article for Explore Big Sky about the power of community collaboration

Katie recounts all that she learned this season serving as a BSWC member with Western Montana Conservation Commission and the City of Kalispell.

Finn recaps their crew's last hitch lopping willows

Two beautiful hitches in the Bechler National Forest

Talk about working in the public!

Wherein Our Jungian Shadows Reveal Us in Relief

More than potatoes in Idaho

While working in a pharmaceutical laboratory, Sean Simpson found herself longing for a more fulfilling and hands-on experience related to environmental stewardship. Fast forward a few months and Sean is now an AmeriCorps member serving through MCC’s Big Sky Watershed Corps program - a program that places members with a host site for 11 months.

Sar muses on why they joined MCC.

Our third hitch of the summer season on Moose Ridge in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness that climber 3,000ft in three miles.

Max recounts their crew's very last hitch

An ode to afternoon snacks around the bear bag.

We barely minded crunching and lunching next to all those cow patties!

The Last Hitch of 2023

Max recounts their crew's recent hitch to make prairie fencing wildlife-friendly.

What is Nebraska like? The answer might surprise you.

Crew member Liberty reflects on the fall season in Wyoming.

Sunshine and Rainbows Are Over

Max recounts this crew's recent hitch in Winnett, MT.

Max recounts their recent hitch at Woods Creek.

Max recounts a recent hitch in Polaris to build a turnpike and work on some trail.

Crew Member Ali Kimball expresses how much the people around her made the little moments truly special this summer

Thoughts from a fall crew member at the mid-point of the season

An explanation of how my season has been...

Constructing Post Assisted Logjams (PALs) on an incised stretch of Mill Creek

Northern Rockies Forestry Crew 8’s persistent battle with their truck’s mice

Maya shares several haikus from throughout the season

The Gallatin River Clean-up is an annual event in partnership between the Gallatin River Task Force and the Gallatin Watershed Council to remove trash from the entire Gallatin Watershed, from Yellowstone National Park all the way to the Missouri Headwaters. Learn more about this impactful event.

Crew leader Emily recounts a few hitches working with the One Track Mind Foundation, reinforcing trails in Idaho.

Thanks to all of our hard work, those dams in the ~3 mile span of the creek we were working on should help to break up the energy of the water come spring melt, and expand the wetlands allowing for new growth.

MCC Fellow launches into water restoration project

Micah recounts the recent windy and rocky hitch in the Winds.

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