Our Mission

Sheridan County is our home.

With your help we strive to preserve our heritage of open spaces, healthy rivers and creeks, working ranches, wildlife habitat, and vibrant history, while expanding recreation opportunities to connect people with the places they love. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; gifts are tax deductible.

MISSION STATEMENT

Sheridan Community Land Trust works to preserve our heritage of open spaces, healthy rivers and creeks, working ranches, wildlife habitat, and vibrant history, while expanding recreation opportunities to connect people with the places they love.

Land Conservation

Conservation

Working with private landowners to preserve working ranches, healthy rivers & creeks, and wildlife habitat

Open space and agriculture are an integral part of our life in Wyoming. At the Sheridan Community Land Trust we work with private landowners to permanently conserve lands. By conserving their land, private landowners lend a hand to agriculture, provide for crucial wildlife habitat, protect rivers and streams, and contribute to the scenic quality of Sheridan County. By maintaining the values that make Sheridan County unique and beautiful we help ensure Sheridan County is always a great place to live now and for future generations.

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Trails & Recreation

Trails & Recreation

Creating accessible recreation opportunities to connect people with the places they love

See the sights, smell the flowers, and hear the birds. Outdoor recreation is a passion of Wyomingites. Our communities, friends, and neighbors have worked with Sheridan Community Land Trust to create and maintain diverse outdoor recreation opportunities. Access to abundant recreation opportunities, whether that be hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, boating, birding, or just a place to relax with a picnic, is critical to creating a healthy community.

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Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation & Interpretation

Preserving and telling the story of Sheridan County’s unique history 

Sheridan County is rich in history with many buildings, facades, cultures, and local perspectives. Preserving this history maintains and enhances our region’s character and economy. SCLT works to tell our local history through the lens of our natural resources, landscapes, and diverse cultures. Experience and enjoy our history through walking, auto, and virtual tours; trailside interpretive signage; community workshops; collaborative community partnerships; and historic preservation easements.

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Community Activities

Shaping healthy communities

We partner with a variety of foundations and organizations in the community to offer education and outreach events for kids and their families throughout the year such as our UNPLUG week, our Explorer Series in partnership with Science Kids, and hikes, historic tours, bike rides, and more!

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Our History

Sheridan Community Land Trust is a local organization that serves the communities of Sheridan County. Sheridan Community Land Trust was founded as a 501(c)3 organization in 2006 as a solution to concerns community members expressed through a regional community assessment conducted by Sheridan County and the City of Sheridan. Citizens were asked to identify the County’s major problems and challenges, its strengths and assets, and what projects they would like to see completed in 5, 10 and 20 years. The results of that assessment illustrated that community members placed a high value on land conservation, including preservation of working ranches, historic preservation, and access to recreation opportunities. SCLT’s mission seeks to address the concerns of the communities we serve.

Since its creation, SCLT has benefitted from strong leadership from its Board of Directors. In 2006 SCLT hired Dave Paullin as the part time interim Executive Director. Dave brought 30 years of U.S. Fish and Wildlife experience to the position, as well as a vast knowledge about conservation easements. Under Dave’s guidance, the Board of Directors forged ahead on a number of potential projects, two of which resulted in easements being donated to SCLT.

Volunteers of America was the first to donate a conservation easement, which is now held by SCLT on a portion of their WYSTAR property bordering Little Goose Creek. The next milestone was achieved with Sheridan Heritage Inc., which resulted in Wyoming’s very first Historic Preservation Easement, which preserves the historic qualities of the Sheridan Inn.

Since its inception, SCLT has successfully initiated and completed projects that accomplish goals identified by Sheridan County communities, our target populations. We are a community-supported land trust that works with willing landowners to hold conservation easements on private land, develop and enhance recreational opportunities, and preserve local history, while engaging the next generation as stewards of these valuable resources. We are the only entity doing this specific work in Sheridan County.