(Sheridan, Wyo.) The Sheridan Community Land Trust (SCLT) will host a celebration of Katie Belton’s time as Director of Communications and Design with a hike on the Red Grade Trail System.
“We’re going to miss her,” SCLT Executive Director Brad Bauer said. “Katie really grew and developed the position and the community’s trust.”
Bauer said Belton had a “strong artistic view on how to communicate.” He pointed to her newsletters and the articles she wrote for the Sheridan Press’ outdoor section as examples.
The SCLT is in the process of finding another Director of Communications and Design. “We’re not looking to replace Katie,” Bauer said. “Each person will bring their own strengths. We’re not in a box. There’s a lot of space for a person to define their role.”
The going away “party” will actually be a hike on the Red Grade Trails, August 15 at 5:30 pm, starting at the Springs Parking Lot.
“Hike the trail with us as we celebrate Katie, the late summer evening, and the great trail network you have helped build,” the invite reads. The hike will wrap up with a tailgate of light snacks and drinks.
In other SCLT news, Bauer said they had a really successful inaugural year for the Tongue River Water Trail. One of the “big strides” in that project was the creation of safer portages made available by landowners, increasing opportunities for folks to get on the trail.
Also, this summer was the first time the SCLT had a full-time seasonal trails technician. Bauer said Jared Koenig has done a great job and continues to “… make the trails as clean and tidy as possible.”
Other items Bauer said are on the horizon include:
- several conservation easements, “longer slower projects” which preserve open spaces, but, “… as far as the community sees, nothing changes.”
- enhancing the organization’s mission of historic preservation. A house in Clearmont is one of the SCLT’s first projects fitting into the category.
- This fall, SCLT will partner with the YMCA and School District 2 to offer 5th graders an outdoor education curriculum.