The Willow Creek Watershed in the eastern Tobacco Root Mountains is an outdoor laboratory for teaching, research, and applied investigations. The setting is the centerpiece of the Department of Geological Sciences' field environmental programs in Montana, and provides a framework for cooperation and benefit among students, university researchers, county, state and federal agencies, and local ranchers. The towns of Pony and Harrison are located within the watershed in Madison County, Montana. This drainage basin was chosen because of:
Key elements of the Demonstration Watershed include:
The Judson Mead Geologic Field Station of Indiana University is in the Tobacco Root Mountains, 40 miles southeast of Butte, Montana, and 65 miles west of Bozeman.
The heart of the Field Station is the Charles F. Deiss Lodge, the focus for meals, recreation, study, and evening work sessions.
BENEFITS TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
Benefits to the local community, the State of Montana, and the University and Field Station community include: