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Forest health plan meeting Dec. 7

The Red Rocks Forest Health project in Jefferson County is the focus of a public meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the fairgrounds in Boulder.

The project is being developed by the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Butte-Jefferson Ranger District.

The Red Rocks project occurs in an insect and disease area designated under the Healthy Forest Restoration Act. Primary objectives include reducing extent of insect and disease infestations and mitigating hazardous fuels. Some watershed and habitat improvement opportunities have been identified as well. This meeting will also emphasize opportunities for road management within the project area.

For details, contact Derek Milner at dmilner@fs.fed.us or 406-758-5340. Information about the project is posted online at www.fs.usda.gov/projects/bdnf/landmanagement/projects (scroll down and click on Red Rocks Forest Health).

Dillon museum ready for holidays

DILLON — The Beaverhead County Museum in Dillon is ready for the holidays.

The December exhibit features nostalgic Christmas photographs and an array of vintage cards, toys, stocking stuffers, and other holiday memorabilia. This exhibit offers viewers the opportunity to remember their childhood holidays as well as step back in time to the late 1800s.

The museum will be open with free admission during the Dillon Christmas Stroll on Friday, Dec. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. Between Christmas and New Year’s, the museum will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

The museum features an interactive treasure hunt tour for parents and children, and the gift store has locally made items.

Driving course set for Dec. 14

AARP Smart Driving Course is being offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Belmont Senior Center. This includes one hour for lunch. Details and to register, call 406-723-7773.

Geology lecture planned at Montana Tech

“Unraveling the Late Proterozoic-Cambrian Transition in the Pioneer Mountains” is the focus of a free lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in Montana Tech’s Natural Resources Building, room 128.

Katie McDonald, a senior research geologist at the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, is the speaker.

The bureau has been mapping in the Pioneer Mountains since 2010. A major goal of this work has been to unravel differing stratigraphic interpretations of Mesoproterozoic and Cambrian rocks that are difficult to distinguish.

McDonald’s talk will highlight new data from her mapping that helps resolve some of the regional stratigraphic problems.

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