SHERIDAN — In 2010 when the Sheridan Community Land Trust was building support for the Soldier Ridge Trail and conservation easement projects, the Bighorn Audubon Society was one of the first to offer formal support for the project, which went on to conserve 1,154 acres of prominent ridgeline while creating a more than four-mile trail for non-motorized access.
Recently, SCLT and BAS celebrated this partnership with the placing of an interpretive sign at the 0.8 mile marker of Soldier Ridge Trail. The sign, hand drawn by Bighorn Audubon member Marian Black of Buffalo, identifies 13 prairie and grassland bird species common to the habitat along Soldier Ridge and adjacent Big Goose Creek and Soldier Creek valleys.
The trailhead is located 1.1 miles west of the West Fifth Street and Mydland Road intersection.
Trail users are reminded to stay on the trail and be respectful, as trail access has been granted through the generosity of the landowners. Membership in the Audubon Society is one way to learn more about birds and meet others with similar interests. The Sheridan Community Land Trust conserves and protects open space, wildlife habitat, agricultural land, recreational resources and historic resources in Sheridan County. SCLT uses conservation easements and historic preservation easements to work with landowners in meeting their personal goals for their properties while accomplishing the land trust’s mission of maintaining and improving the quality of life in Sheridan County.
SCLT currently has conservation easements protecting nearly 3,000 acres along Little Goose Creek, the Tongue River, and Soldier Ridge as well as an historic preservation easement on the Historic Sheridan Inn.