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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.]

Working in a blast zone!

The crew clusters around the camera making goofy faces

After a snowy, rainy last hitch, we were welcomed with sunshine and clear skies to the beautiful Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. This hitch consisted of a variety of different projects, including invasive species removal, digging tread, and even mixing explosives! Most of our work was in response to the damage from the 2022 flood, which left parts of East Rosebud Trail covered in rocks. Alongside the teal crew, we started by digging and carrying fill to make a rock-covered section passable again. We then spent two days removing a very stubborn invasive berry species along two steep but stunning trails.

A highlight of the trip was carrying and mixing explosive materials with the Forest Service crew to clear out boulders blocking the trail. We had a lot of fun turning big rocks into little rocks! Overall, our crew felt very lucky for the new and unique experiences we had working in this beautiful area.