Montana’s mountains are looking for a few good kids.
Youth ages 15 to 18 may spend a month building trail and maintaining backcountry features with the Montana Youth Conservation Corps this summer. The program will field two 12-person work teams in June and July.
Each group will spend the first two weeks working Monday through Friday on-site and returning home on weekends. The final two weeks will be on an extended backpacking tour of backcountry work areas. All food and camping gear except footwear is provided.
The crews will work in the Rattlesnake Wilderness, Blackfoot River drainage, Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and the West Pioneers Mountains. In addition to trail upgrades, they will also repair some backcountry cabins and install riparian fencing.
Students who successfully complete the full four-week program earn a $200 stipend. The first session runs June 14-July 9, with the second taking place July 19-Aug. 13. The program has been active for seven of the past eight years.
The Montana Conservation Corps is funded through the federal Americorps program and contributions from local communities. For more information, call 728-2720 or find applications at www.mtcorps.org. Applications are accepted until all positions are filled.