Funds will help build up to 11 new trail miles, 2 parking areas in 2021.
“We love hiking and biking on single-track trails, enjoying the amazing landscapes and open spaces of Sheridan County and believe that the community benefits when all walks of life enhance their mental and physical health by spending time in nature.”Sarah Wallick and Aaron Denberg on why they issued the $10,000 WyoGives Challenge Match
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Wy Give? Celebrate the spirit of giving and the collective effort it takes to strengthen our community.
Members of the community can catalyze new opportunities to hike, bike and ride horseback while experiencing the beauty of the Bighorns as residents Sarah Wallick and Aaron Denberg issued a $10,000 Challenge Match this WyoGives, a statewide day of giving scheduled for Wednesday, July 15.
Wallick and Denberg, of Big Horn, will match every dollar donated to the Sheridan Community Land Trust (SCLT) on WyoGives Day up to a total of $10,000, with the donations going toward the development and construction of new trails and parking areas at Red Grade Trails. If that amount is reached, a total of at least $20,000 will be raised for Red Grade Trails.
SCLT Executive Director Brad Bauer explained the $20,000 would be combined with more than $80,000 community members have already raised to reach a goal of $100,000 local match required to have an opportunity to receive a $500,000 Community Enhancement Grant from the Wyoming Business Council. If approved, that grant would build 11 news miles of trail and two parking areas in 2021.
“To be able to build that in one season is nothing short of a game changer,” Bauer recalled. “It’s a game changer for people who want to hike, bike, and ride horses in the Bighorns.”
Bauer explained that SCLT had intended to use its spring In Bloom event to reach the $100,000 goal; however, like all gatherings, that plan was put on-hold. He added the events of this spring and summer reinforce just how essential easy access to nature close to home truly is.”
“Now, more than ever, the ability to get outside and experience the peace, beauty and wonder of nature is important not just for our physical health – but our mental health as well,” Bauer reasoned.
Bauer also described the project as a “game changer” for safety along Red Grade Road as the trails help keep non-motorized traffic off the road and on safe, sustainable trails.
For this game changer to become reality, Bauer urged folks interested in new opportunities to enjoy the beauty of the Bighorns to answer the challenge issued by Wallick and Denberg and donate on Wednesday, July 15.
Other Sheridan County nonprofits participating in WyoGives