Governor Steve Bullock today joined students serving with Montana Conservation Corps’ Middle School Youth Program to celebrate the completion of projects at Prickly Pear Land Trust’s Tenmile Creek Park to reroute area trails and build accessible picnic table pads.
“Introducing students to conservation early, especially in a hands-on way, can instill a lifelong dedication to protecting Montana’s clean air, clean water and our public lands,” Governor Bullock said. “I’m positive our future leaders have the passion and leadership to make decisions that will protect this great state and honor generations to come.”
Governor Bullock thanked students for their hard work over the last week and spoke to them about the importance of public access and conservation. The crew gave Governor Bullock a tour of the work they completed and recruited him to help stain the accessible picnic tables to wrap up their week-long program.
“MCC is gratified by the support of the Governor’s office for our work to mobilize and train a new generation of leaders to serve on the front-lines of stewardship for our great Montana public lands,” Jono McKinney, President and CEO of the Montana Conservation Corps, said. “Through their hands-on service, teens are gaining skills and growing as contributing citizens and leaders all while improving trails and wildlife habitat across the state.”
Governor Bullock visited one of Montana Conservation Corps’ week-long programs for middle school students, which build knowledge and skills in leadership, communication, teamwork, citizenship, stewardship, and hard work. Each crew engages in service activities to help conserve public lands through trail maintenance or habitat enhancement projects across the state. Students address real-life challenges and complete projects that make a difference in their community. Projects at Tenmile Creek Park were completed in partnership with Prickly Pear Land Trust.
“Prickly Pear Land Trust has worked for 25 years to increase the public land estate in west central Montana, and partnering with organizations like Montana Conservation Corps to cultivate future conservation leaders is a core part of our mission,” Mary Hollow, Prickly Pear Land Trust’s Executive Director, said. “Tenmile Creek Park, with its accessible trails and picnic areas along the creek, is a prime example of what is possible when partners work together.”
Montana Conservation Corps is a nationally-recognized Montana-based nonprofit dedicated to inspiring young people through hands-on conservation service to be leaders, stewards of the land, and engaged citizens who improve their community. MCC young adult and youth crews work on public lands throughout Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and the Dakotas. For more information on Montana Conservation Corps, please visit www.mtcorps.org.