Power in collaboration, community

Imagine the year is 2020 as you float downstream on the Tongue River; sounds of rushing water and songbirds fill the air. Rounding the next bend, you can hardly believe that the impacts of a power plant once dominated the natural landscape, now lined with verdant willows and cottonwoods for the first time in more than a century. Welcome to Acme park – seven acres of renewed serenity along the Tongue River. The site has seen a tumultuous past: once the largest power generation facility west of the Mississippi, it soon became a private junk yard with a clouded title. …

sclt2014Power in collaboration, community

Ninety-two miles of blue

Low flows mean it’s high time for a river trip! Thanks to a grant from the Recreational Trails Program and donations from members like you, work is beginning as we create informational signage at existing public access points along the Goose Creek and the Tongue River waterways. This summer, the first nine locations on public lands within Sheridan city limits along Little and Big Goose Creeks are receiving signage. The signs (working draft below) will include information on the distances between access points, access site amenities, and safety information. The signs will also direct river users to sheridanclt.org/rivertrip. This online …

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SCLT Begins Leadership Transition

For Immediate Release:   4/7/2017 SCLT Begins Leadership Transition: Summer departure anticipated for outgoing Executive Director The Board of the Sheridan Community Land Trust (SCLT) is entering a formal search process to transition executive leadership of the organization.  SCLT Executive Director, Colin Betzler, plans to step away from full time duties this summer while working closely with the Board and incoming Executive Director for a seamless  transition.  Mark Kinner, SCLT Emeritus Board Member and the former Board President who hired Betzler stated, “SCLT has developed an incredible team during its first decade and while we will certainly miss Colin’s leadership and …

sclt2014SCLT Begins Leadership Transition

Leadership transitions, adventure awaits

Dear friends, It has been an honor and privilege to get to know you over the past eight years.  Your enthusiasm, support and passion for our mission is the defining reason SCLT has forged a legacy of benefit to our community.  I have been proud to work with all of you on projects that protect some of our most beautiful places, enhance public access and share our history. And, I have been fortunate to do this with a dedicated and visionary Board of Directors and wonderfully talented group of coworkers – all deeply committed to this community.   My time …

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Trails this summer are up to you

  You have an amazing opportunity to bring a new trail to life. With spring here, it’s perfect timing for trail work to begin on the next 2.9 miles of Red Grade Trails.  Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Wyoming Recreation Trails Program, only $49,000 remains to make this project a reality.  We’ve reviewed six trail building bids and awarded the project to Singletrack Trails, with the goal of starting this spring. That’s where you come in. Three more miles means longer rides, longer runs and more solitude to experience the beauty during your wanderings – but for this …

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Heritage on High

Imagine sitting around the campfire at dusk, the mountains silhouetted in the distance as each star winks and blinks its way into the darkening sky. Growing up here, Cloud Peak has always been in your thoughts and your view, but tonight is the first time you’ve heard the ancient Crow account of how Cloud Peak got its name. You lean closer to hear each word of the Crow elder telling the tale – the story an irresistible treat – and you grasp a sense of this place like never before. Place. What if you always had a place around a …

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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 …

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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

Unplug for October: Shovels and Spades!

Shovels and Spades on Red Grade Trails was the best! Steve Dudley, a local naturalist, led this event. He showed us the SCLT tool trailer and then gave us a briefing on some native and non-native plants along the trail. Then we grabbed some tools and head out on the trails to prep the grade for winter. We snipped branches and snags, pulled invasive species, and raked the slope so that water can drain off the trail in more areas.  Thank you, Steve, for teaching us all about trails and plants and the unique Red Grade ecosystem for a couple …

sclt2014Unplug for October: Shovels and Spades!

Unplug for September: Mud, Bugs, and Fish!

We had so much fun in the sun at the Scott Bicentennial Park in Dayton for our September Unplug event. We love holding our events all across Sheridan County to encourage different audiences to join! This was our only after school event, held at 4:30pm on a Wednesday. Bud Stewart brought the Wyoming Game and Fish’s stream trailer and taught us about the importance of vegetation along rivers and streams. Kary from the Conservation District in Sheridan did a water quality experiment in the Tongue River that borders the park. Then Jason Martineau with the DEQ grabbed a net and caught …

sclt2014Unplug for September: Mud, Bugs, and Fish!