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[Image Description: Four MCC members wade across a river. In the background, there are hillsides covered in gold from the quaking aspens, and deep green pine trees.]


Caribou Targhee National Forest Fence Removal

A field of lupine and arrowleaf balsamroot with a sticker in the upper left corner that says "Caribou-Targee National Forest"

The first day of hitch was filled with one of the most scenic drives through the vast mountainous regions of southwestern Montana and eastern Idaho. Once in Dubois, a quaint town filled with kind people and great views (including the Grand Tetons), we experienced a warm welcome and brief description of work from our project partners through the Caribou Targhee National Forest. We were then escorted to the Stoddard Creek Campground where we were dove straight into work. Through the destruction of a rotting barely gripping to life jack-linked fence, there was life exploding all around us. We were lucky enough to visit the area at the beginning of the peak of wildflower season. In the lower elevational and shaded areas of the camp the wild lily of the valley, silver lupine, false solomonseal, goosefoot violets and more were spread throughout the vast old-growth coniferous forest. Following and tearing down the fence up the mountain, a beautiful open field appeared at the top. This higher elevation and open area was filled with more silver lupine, wild yellow parsley, bluebells, purple columbine and much more were in full bloom. Thus, throughout any breaks and even just pauses during work the wildflowers were not only a pretty view, but the inspiration to continue doing conservation work throughout the long hard days.