Partnership Secures New Community Nature Park

Contact: Colin Betzler, SCLT Executive Director Phone: (307) 673 – 4702 Email: director@sheridanclt.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12/9/2016 Partnership Secures New Community Nature Park The Sheridan Community Land Trust (SCLT) and a range of diverse project partners are pleased to announce the protection of more than 31 acres along Goose Creek in Sheridan for a public park and open space. This project represents the culmination of a multi-year effort to secure the property for the benefit of our community. Over the past 18 months, SCLT has worked closely with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Wyoming and the LOR Foundation as well …

sclt2014Partnership Secures New Community Nature Park

Approval Given for Additional Red Grade Trails

  Contact: Katie Belton, SCLT Director of Community Engagement Phone: (307) 673 – 4702 Email: director@sheridanclt.org or katie@sheridanclt.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12/7/2016   Approval Given for Additional Red Grade Trails Sheridan Community Land Trust receives permission for trails and trailhead.   Preferred Alternative (Alternative 3) Approved After more than 26 months of environmental analysis, community Q&A, two formal public comment periods, and resubmittal of the proposal to reduce trail miles and eliminate the “expert” downhill bike trail, Sheridan Community Land Trust (SCLT) has been granted permission by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to move forward with construction of 3.84 …

sclt2014Approval Given for Additional Red Grade Trails

Tongue River Initiative Update

In partnership with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), the Tongue River Initiative (a project-dependent partnership of SCLT, The Nature Conservancy, and Sheridan County Conservation District) would like to announce opportunities for Russian Olive removal with native species restoration, as well as stock water development and fencing.  Landowners within the upper reaches of Tongue River, Little/Big Goose Creeks, and Prairie Dog Creek are encouraged to contact a TRI partner for more information.  TRI will be mailing landowners in these areas with specific information this fall, with the NRCS and SCCD coordinating individual projects.  Sign up deadline with the NRCS is …

sclt2014Tongue River Initiative Update

Community-Valued Conservation

We have been working diligently on the conservation front and are excited to share our anticipation of several projects closing before the end of 2016, with a fourth to follow in 2017.  The public benefits of these projects are diverse and significant, from protecting some of the most productive irrigated agricultural lands along Wolf Creek to environmental rehabilitation along the Tongue River and increased public access. Each of these projects is incredibly unique with acreages ranging from 7 to nearly 500 acres with similarly-varied transaction methods, including purchase of a life estate, bargain-sale conservation easements, and assignment of a purchase …

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Building Trails. Building Community.

September on Red Grade Trails meant breaking ground for an additional mile of hiking trail on State Land. We are continually energized by the 30+ volunteers from the community who have donated their time, strength, and ideas to help us develop high quality and sustainable trails. SCLT is allowed to construct 5.3 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails on State Land under a special use permit. Existing trails named “Prairie” and “Tip of the Woods” make up just 1.8 miles of this total. The new trail, “Drifter”, will branch off of existing mileage, carefully climbing the north-facing slope and …

sclt2014Building Trails. Building Community.

Red Grade Trails Project Update – Submit Your Comment to the Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office (BFO) has released an Environmental Assessment (EA) regarding the issuance of a right-of-way for the Red Grade Trail System for review and public comment. All comments must be received by August 19, 2016. Download the Environmental Assessment document at: http://bit.ly/29Aga0B. If you have any questions for the Sheridan Community Land Trust in relation to the BLM’s EA, please call us at 673-4702 or visit our office anytime M-F, 8:30am – 5pm at 52 S. Main St., Suite 1. Summarized Details from the BLM Press Release: The project would provide non-motorized recreation …

sclt2014Red Grade Trails Project Update – Submit Your Comment to the Bureau of Land Management

Red Grade Progress

Reconstruction begins of the two existing parking areas on State Land. The goal of the parking area project is to enhance on and off road safety in the immediate vicinity while improving the layout and grades of parking surfaces for existing summer and winter use. SCLT is committed to minimizing necessary removal of vegetation with this project and, once reconstruction has been completed, SCLT will continue to landscape and re-vegetate the project vicinity to maximize screening of the parking areas from public roadways and private lands in the area using a variety of native species. Funding for the project includes …

sclt2014Red Grade Progress

Bid Awarded for Red Grade Parking Areas

Work continues on Red Grade Trails with parking lot reconstruction for the “Base” and “Springs” trailheads beginning in April. The designs came together over the past 12 months and focused on enhancing safety and functionality for all recreationists using Red Grade Road to access public lands. This project will also create professional trailhead and trail signage for the existing trail segments. Reconstruction will be completed by July 1, 2016. In addition, SCLT plans to hand-build one additional mile of trail on State Land by fall 2016.  Let us know if you’d like to pick up a hand tool and help! …

sclt2014Bid Awarded for Red Grade Parking Areas

Exciting Potential for Sheridan’s North Gateway

A 30-acre property located on the north end of Sheridan along Goose Creek is slated to be protected as open space in 2016. Project Background In 2005-6, Sheridan’s Mayor Dave Kinskey was one of several community members instrumental in creating our organization. He had a vision of how a land trust could benefit the community as a versatile and independent nonprofit, filling a niche between public and private policy, planning, and infrastructure development. At one of our first meetings with the Mayor, he specifically identified this acreage as a priority for conservation, but it was out of reach for the …

sclt2014Exciting Potential for Sheridan’s North Gateway
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Black Diamond Byway Now Available on TravelStorysGPS App

Our Black Diamond Byway project, an auto tour that interprets Sheridan County’s mining heritage and tells the story of those who lived and worked in the historic coal mining towns just north of Sheridan during the early 20th century, is now available on the TravelStorys GPS app. Previously, the audio component of the tour was only available on CD. Now, thanks in part to funding from the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources, Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office (WYSHPO), Sheridan Travel & Tourism, and generous donations of time and expertise from Sheridan Media and Senator Dave Kinskey, anyone can …

sclt2014Black Diamond Byway Now Available on TravelStorysGPS App