Leaving a Legacy of Land and History in the Clear Creek Valley

Mark and Kim Tenneson, dairy farmers from western Washington, spent years searching for the right agricultural property in Wyoming or Nebraska. When they set foot on a 528-acre property along Clear Creek in eastern Sheridan County in 2009, they said “it felt like home” and made the decision to purchase it. Even though Mark and Kim were thrilled with their new property, they had some decisions to make as the property was in tough shape when they made the purchase. In addition, they needed to decide what to do about the old stone home on the property – the Doc …

Brad BauerLeaving a Legacy of Land and History in the Clear Creek Valley

Red Grade Trail Work To Begin Mid-August

After completing a formal public bid process, SCLT has selected Wildwood Trails, Inc. (WWT) to construct the first two miles of the Red Grade Trails System on State Land, permitted under a Special Use Permit. WWT is an independent, privately-owned trail construction business located in Bozeman, MT that works across the Intermountain West. They have over 20 years of combined experience building trails for all types of users. To view examples of their past work, visit www.wildwoodtrailmt.com. SCLT anticipates this initial trail work to begin by mid-August with completion by the end of September. On May 5th, the Bureau of …

Brad BauerRed Grade Trail Work To Begin Mid-August

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

Click to download the Red Grade Trails Map Click to download Red Grade Outreach Timeline Click to download Red Grade Fact Check Summary The Buffalo Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently taking public comments on their Environmental Assessment of our Red Grade Trails proposal for 33.8 miles of trails on public lands. The BLM will consider these comments prior to their decision on the project.  All comments must be received by June 5, 2015. The US Forest Service will offer a similar public comment process as they complete an Environmental Assessment of the 22 miles …

Brad BauerRed Grade Trails Project – Submit Your Comment to the Bureau of Land Management

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 …

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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 …

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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