21st Century Conservation Service Corps (CSC)

DSCN3039After a successful 6 week YCC crew, Lolo National Forest collaborated with WEN again for a second youth crew for the 2014 summer season. WEN put together a new group of 8 local high school students for the 21st Century CSC crew! Students spent two weeks of paid work monitoring forests and streams in Lolo National Forest. Projects included monitoring flow on creeks that were restoration sites from mining as well as monitoring decommissioned logging roads. Students also watered young planted native plants on a restored creek (restored from logging) to stabilize banks as well as weeded noxious weeds along the way!


The 2014 CSC crew took on the challenge of removing noxious weeds along the riparian area they were working.

Road Surveys: 21 CSC crew completed the route reconnaissance project recently started by the YCC crew. In four days this crew was able to record route reconnaissance data on 19 old logging roads in the Nemote Creek Watershed.

Watering and Weeding: For two days, crew members worked on the Dunham Creek restoration management project in the Seeley Lake District. The creek is intermittent and runs dry in mid to late summer so the task was to water young native plants in the riparian zone to help the succession process. The crew took it upon themselves to also weed these areas, since they were so heavily overgrown with noxious weeds. In two days the crew was able to cover over a mile upstream of weeding and watering the riparian zone.

Flow Monitoring: Crew members spent two days monitoring flow in the Ninemile District on the Twin and Mattie V creeks which were recently restored from the desolation of mining the area.  In addition to their flow monitoring project, the crew performed self-imposed weeding in this area as well.

WEN is delighted to have its 21st Century CSC program and crew highlighted in a compelling radio feature, produced by Amy Martin for Montana Public Radio. Click here to download.

Have question about our youth crews for summer 2015? Contacts us at water@montanawatershed.org or call Deb Fassnacht or Rebecca  Paquette at  (406) 541-9287.