With college classes going online because of COVID-19, Joe Spofforth put his double-major in political economies and educational studies on hold to move West and find work. When the pandemic was over, he'd go back.
"You can get real into this stuff," the 21-year-old Ohioan says, grinning at his mountain surroundings as his fellow Montana Conservation Corps crew members saw, chop and lop branches and logs away from a dirt path. Trail work.
Standing, unshowered, in the barcode shade of a tall stand of lodgepole pine in northwest Montana, he says it's a bit scary, though.