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Field Program

[Image Description: Two MCC members taking a brief break; one is sitting on a rock, the other is standing nearby. They are both in their uniforms, looking out at the expansive, mountain view surrounding them.]


Field Crew Leaders Trevor and Zach recount the leaders' first frontcountry hitch at a cabin in Ennis.

Cam recounts crew #3's hitch cutting a reroute through the Whetstone Ridge trail in the Pintlers featuring a bunch of cows and lots of hard work.

Declan recounts the last hitch of their crew this season while sharing some fond memories.

The crew traveled through wind-swept plains to the Badlands of South Dakota

Ren celebrates their crew's last hitch to build a 60ft rock wall at Lost Creek State Park.

As I ate my dinner on the tailgate of a rig, sitting at a trailhead watching the sunset, it dawned on me that this would be my last hike into Moose Creek Ranger Station. The muse moved me and I wrote a short poem as the light faded over the Selway.

Two hitches in the month of September recounted by fall trails crew member, Catherine.

The Northern Rockies Forestry Crew bids farewell to MCC.

Max summarizes their crew's recent hitch in Glacier National Park.

Crew Leader Gina describes this chilly last hitch with this crew, The Powell Rangers.

An account of 9 days in Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge. The crew did a wide array of work. From floating the Green River spraying dangerous invasives to collecting seeds from native plants.

Mystical memories to be shared by all in Yellowstone National Park.

This Northern Rockies forestry crew tries their hands at being cowboys for a week.

Delia recounts a September hitch in the Payette National Forest, and some treasures discovered along the way.

Trail crew member, Catherine Surbaugh recounts a hitch on the Continental Divide Trail in late August.

Click here to learn more about our hot take on the controversial sump sock vs. sump screen debate.

Gray pens an end-of-season tribute to Green Mountain and the Spotted Bear Ranger District, where this crew spent most of their season redefining a lost trail.

Packsaddle Lake, take two!

Crew Member Sarah recounts a hitch spent thinning trees in Idaho.

Bad weather brought us all closer.

One woman, a thousand stories.

Influence: important people and important places - Yellowstone backcountry trails

Movie night and cowboy camping after days of digging tread.

Declan recounts a recent hitch to Tincup creek to build Beaver Dam Analogs, and some of the lessons and little memories earned along the way.

Crew member Joshua writes a candid letter to fellow fall-start crew members.

The canyons of the Nez-Perce hold amazing views, bountiful berry patches, dead zones, and the setting for personal and crew development.

Northern Rockies Forestry crew spends 4 weeks looking at trees (and more).

Julia recounts the last hitches of the WRT crews living at the Krassel Work Center and takes a look back at the memories made together.

Ren recounts their crew's last hitch in Shoshone National Forest after several hitches spent working on the Fishhawk Creek Trail.

Gavin shares a poem about their crew's recent hitch to cut trail along the Lamar River in Yellowstone National Park.

Recounting our crew's experience completing the longest backcountry bridge in Yellowstone National Park.

Crew 2 takes on a dirt bike trail re-route and hungry hornets

Crew Leader Tara recounts a busy hitch of crushing bugs and rocks at Twentymile in Idaho.

As the Flathead National Forest forestry crew, we're often running chainsaws and thinning tree stands. But our work doesn't always involve taking the lives of these trees. Sometimes we get to save them.

Outlining our crew's partnership with the Resource Management Team in the west district of Yellowstone National Park

Gray pens a farewell note to their beloved summer term only crew member, Laken.

Jack recounts learning the ways of the chainsaw and the crosscut.

What's better than seeing a moose? Seeing TWO!

Women's Fuels and Fire crew member Natalie shares some sweet memories and thank yous to close out their season. It's the Riparian Rats last hitch!

Crew Leader Skylin recounts a fun and challenging hitch near Cliff Lake in the Madison Ranger District.

Callie writes an ode to Emma Creek, a gem of the Kootenai National Forest.

Lucienne recounts this crew's hitches spent widening a trail from Hidden Lake to the West Fork Cabin with the Forest Service, the Idaho Trail Association, and their MCC crew. And, some of the special moments and memories made.

Gray shares the progress that the Spotted Bear crew has made on cutting a new trail up to the summit of Green Mountain.

Trail Work on the Roosevelt Meadows Trail

Did you know that wildland firefighting has its own team of scientists? Follow along as we learn how to count sticks, for science of course!

What it takes to clear a trail that's been closed for years due to fire and mudslides.

Alan, the best project partner one could hope for.

Liesel recaps the first half of the season of the Women's+ trail crew- lessons learned and sweet memories made.

Jackson recounts playing spikeball after a long day of work in Glacier National Park.

Wildland Restoration Team 4 reflects on their noxious weed encounters after a few hitches in the Frank Church- River of No Return Wilderness