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