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 …

Brad BauerHeritage on High

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 …

Brad BauerPartnership 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 …

Brad BauerApproval 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 …

Brad BauerUnplug 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 …

Brad BauerUnplug for September: Mud, Bugs, and Fish!

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 …

Brad BauerTongue 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 …

Brad BauerCommunity-Valued Conservation

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 …

Brad BauerBuilding Trails. Building Community.

Unplug for July: Banding Cliff Swallows

Saturday, July 9th: Welch Ranch was a lot of fun! While the adults had the nets up on the bridge trying to catch the sparrows, the kids took part in a number of activities. They made bracelets, a nest big enough for all of them to fit into, and got to measure their own “wingspans” with the banner from Jaclyn and Dustin Downey of the Audubon Society! The sparrows were pretty skittish and didn’t want to get close to the nets or us, but we did net a bunting which the kids got to see get banded and weighed! Just …

Brad BauerUnplug for July: Banding Cliff Swallows