Red Grade Trail Project Public Comment Follow-Up
The public comment period for the Red Grade Trail Project Environmental Impact Study (EIS) ended on August 19th. We hope that the BLM received many comments supportive of the project and thank those of you who added your voice to the process.
The Red Grade Trail project will provide much needed improved access to public land for the Big Horn and Sheridan area. This is a responsible proposal that will manage growth in close-to-home use while enhancing the trail system, promoting public land stewardship and providing better options for different user groups.
There is strong public demand for close-to-home, easily accessible opportunities for recreation and observing nature in the public lands adjacent to the Big Horn and Sheridan communities. The projects strike the right balance with addressing growing recreation use, meeting agency goals to connect people with public lands, and the need to protect natural resources and minimize project impacts.
Wyoming Pathways will continue to monitor the project with our friends at the Sheridan Community Land Trust and will keep you advised of any significant developments.
You can read more about the project on the Sheridan Community Land Trust website.
Trained volunteers to continue work on Red Grade Trails
SHERIDAN — Trained volunteers will continue work on the Red Grade Trails system this fall, building an additional 1-mile of non-motorized trail.
Last fall, the Sheridan Community Land Trust opened the trail system that will eventually include miles of cycling and hiking opportunities off Red Grade Road. The first portion of trail constructed was approximately 1.8 miles and is in a figure-eight shape.
The Red Grade Trails came from extensive planning and fundraising over the past few years from the SCLT with an assist from various other organizations. SCLT’s strategic plan for Red Grade includes approximately 30 miles of trails on state, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service lands.
The driving force behind the trails, and other projects like the Soldier Ridge Trail, originated from local residents, who kept telling the SCLT they wanted to see more access to non-motorized recreation like hiking, biking and equestrian, SCLT Executive Director Colin Betzler has said.
According to Tami Sorenson, SCLT trails manager, the new segment will be built by trained volunteers this fall on state land.
She noted that the SCLT was originally permitted to build 5.8 miles of trail on state land, but has only built 1.8 miles.
This next portion will help fulfill the originally permitted trails.
One segment of the new trail will be open for cyclists and hikers, another only for hiking.
She said the exact length of the new trail will be based on obstructions and rocks the volunteers have to work around, but should include about another 1 mile for recreation enthusiasts.
“You can plan the corridor and survey with the principles of trail building, but as you start building, things can change a little,” Sorenson said.
The trails have proven to be a popular spot for locals.
In its first two months, the trails registered more than 1,000 unique site visits and have continued to draw visitors ever since.