Montana Conservation Corps, Inc.
Over the past twenty years, Montana Conservation Corps has developed a versatile program that uses the power of service and the crew dynamic to mobilize a new generation of land stewards to protect Montana's iconic landscape. This environment, however, is at-risk from catastrophic wildfires, invasive weeds, trails in disrepair, natural disasters, and climate change. MCC will recruit 245 AmeriCorps members to serve on small crews with 177 partners to improve 650 miles of trails, restore 2500 acres of public and tribal lands, retrofit 1,200 homes for energy conservation, and mobilize 1,250 volunteers. Young veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, while continuing their service in AmeriCorps, will help with wildfire mitigation gaining essential skills to transition to forestry jobs and productive lives. This project will focus on the CNCS focus areas of environmental stewardship and veterans. The CNCS investment of $1,872,000 is matched with $3,118,000 (62% grantee match).