Two Trail Projects Receive Funding From Wyoming Recreational Trails Program

Red Grade Trails System The Red Grade Trails System is a lofty project that was borne from community members who expressed a need for more trails in Sheridan County that were convenient, safe, and scenic. We anticipate that the entire 33-mile system will be built within five years depending on continued funding success. All of the proposed trails are located on State, Bureau of Land Management, and US Forest Service lands along Red Grade Road. Funding Approved For First Two Miles and Trailhead Parking Area SCLT applied for funding from Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources’s Recreational Trails Program for the first two miles of trail and was awarded …

Brad BauerTwo Trail Projects Receive Funding From Wyoming Recreational Trails Program
Red Grade Phase I Map

We need your help!

Since the Soldier Ridge Trail opened in 2012, we have been encouraged by countless comments in our trail log that express visitors’ gratitude and excitement. Trails and open space are central to healthy communities and like you, we want more here! With your help, we have the opportunity to create another wonderful resource, 33 miles of non-motorized trails in our backyard. Located close to Sheridan and Big Horn on public lands, the Red Grade Trails System will offer spectacular scenery and solitude for hikers, bikers, and equestrians. But, we can’t complete this project without your help! Please consider a year-end …

Brad BauerWe need your help!

SCLT Moves Forward With Red Grade Trails Project

State Awards 25 Year Special Use Lease On August 14, SCLT was granted a 25-year Special Use Lease for the 160-acres of State Land that surrounds Red Grade Road (see map). The lease allows SCLT to build up to 5.3 miles of non-motorized, natural surface trail while improving the existing parking areas for both motorized and non-motorized visitors. SCLT anticipates initial improvements and construction on Phase I to begin in 2015, pending successful grant applications and fundraising. The Red Grade Trails project will take place in 5 phases to complete the 33-mile Red Grade Trails system, a process that will …

Brad BauerSCLT Moves Forward With Red Grade Trails Project
Red Grade Trails

Red Grade Trails – Experience Your Backyard

SCLT recognizes the many outdoor recreation opportunities in our area, whether it is strolling along Sheridan’s pathways, hiking in Cloud Peak Wilderness, riding through the Bighorn National Forest, or floating down one of our local streams. However, finding a non-motorized trail in the mountains is more difficult, especially one within 30 minutes of Sheridan or Big Horn. A core part of our mission is to increase public access to recreation in Sheridan County. We are especially interested in completing projects that connect you with the spectacular scenery and wildlife of the Bighorns. SCLT’s Red Grade Trails project will do just …

Brad BauerRed Grade Trails – Experience Your Backyard

McCormick Headwaters

In 2012, landowner Charlie Hart donated a conservation easement to SCLT on his 240-acre property east of Big Horn, WY. This beautiful property in the scenic Bighorn foothills protects the headwaters of McCormick Creek, a tributary of Little Goose Creek. The property is made up of roughly 100 acres of productive irrigated farmlands, important riparian draws along McCormick Creek, and 140 acres of native rangeland and sagebrush habitat. Hart’s McCormick Creek conservation easement is a key piece for overall conservation in the Bighorn foothills area. It links to two existing conservation easements for a total of 1,230 continuous acres permanently …

Brad BauerMcCormick Headwaters

The Buyok Ranch

“Although our ranch is small by Wyoming standards, we have been fortunate to share it with an amazing variety of wildlife and native plants. Sometimes being rich has nothing to do with money. We’re rich because of the biodiversity and productivity of our small corner of the planet along the Tongue River in Sheridan County. We want to do what little we can to ensure that it continues in the future. We hope we are only two of many landowners who will choose to preserve the Tongue River Valley through conservation easements similar to the one we are executing today,” …

Brad BauerThe Buyok Ranch
Tongue River Float Trip

Sheridan County Water Trail Assessment

The Opportunity While the Tongue River and its associated creeks boast beautiful views, fishable waters, abundant birds and wildlife, and are perfect for floating when the water is at an optimal level, issues like lack of information, water hazards, and unsafe or too few access sites, prevent both visitors and County residents from taking full advantage of recreation opportunities on our waterways. What We’re Doing SCLT’s Recreation Work Group, which is comprised of roughly twenty volunteers who represent various non-motorized recreation interests, is working with the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program to compile an assessment of …

Brad BauerSheridan County Water Trail Assessment
Open House 2013

Annual Open House Wrap-up

Over 200 people came out to the Sheridan Inn last Thursday to support SCLT at our Annual Open House. This year, in honor of the completion of the audio CD to accompany the Black Diamond Byway project completed last year, we decided to put a Polish spin to the event with accordion music by Mike Kuzara and Polish food. Everyone enjoyed Polish treats generously donated by local community members, as well as authentic Polish sausages by Legerski’s Sausage Company and Black Tooth Brewing donated beer for the event. We also sold over 300 tickets for our Spring Bounty Raffle with …

Brad BauerAnnual Open House Wrap-up
McMeans' Property

McMeans Family Preserves Property on the Tongue River

In 2012, Mike and Vicky McMeans purchased 160 acres west of Dayton from Dan Scott, who had already placed the northern 80-acres under conservation easement.  The McMeans immediately began conversations with Sheridan County and the Sheridan Community Land Trust (SCLT) to determine their options for protecting the remaining property along the Tongue River. “We wanted to make sure that the working ranch and land along the river that make this property special would be there forever,” said Vicky. The McMeans chose to protect the remaining 80 acres with SCLT in coordination with Sheridan County’s conservation subdivision process, becoming the first …

Brad BauerMcMeans Family Preserves Property on the Tongue River