My first term as a Big Sky Watershed Corps Member was surprising, to say the least... I was expecting to do some research, play in some creeks, and learn a bit more about what a career in conservation could look like. Instead, I spent my year immersed in the complex world of western water law while learning my way around a new community... It was not an easy year.
2021 BSWC member Jillian Henrichon reflects on her BSWC experience with Lake County Conservation District and the Montana Association of Conservation Districts. This article was adapted from the January 2022 issue of The Montana Conservationist.
“We got into the program, and it changed everything for us.”
Sitting on the banks of North Burnt Fork Creek in the Bitterroot Valley, this is how Heather Barber describes the Bitter Root Water Forum’s experience with the Big Sky Watershed Corps: a game-changer.
In this blog MCC Conservation Intern Ash, serving with the BLM and USFS out of the Beartooth Ranger District, recounts her vertical cave training. Ash will focus on surveying karst and cave features within the Pryor Mountains looking for cultural, mineral, archaeological, hydrologic, recreational, and biologically valuable features that could merit protection.
Emma Kelsick writes about building rain barrels with the Sun River Watershed Group.
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.
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.