Lunchtime Conversations to Look at Balanced Use of Open Space Now and Into the Future in Sheridan County

The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce Ag & Natural Resources Committee will host a new series, “Lunchtime Conversations about Open Spaces,” starting Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 12 to 1 p.m. at Luminous Brewhouse, 504 Broadway St. in Sheridan.

A panel of representatives from area businesses and organizations will interactively explore with attendees what is balanced use of our open space and can we continue to balance that use into the future? They’ll also discuss the importance of open spaces to our community’s economy and culture now and into the future.

A total of four sessions is scheduled, each with varying representatives on the panel.

“We are hosting this event to provide a forum for interactive, open conversations with the community to address numerous questions about open spaces in Sheridan County,” said Clarke McClung, chair of the Chamber’s Ag & Natural Resources Committee. “What do open spaces mean to our community, culture and local economy? Can we collaborate to sustain and balance the uses of these open spaces? What are the roles of public lands and private working lands in maintaining open spaces? How do the amounts and types of outdoor recreation impact open spaces? How do land use policies affect open spaces?”

Each session will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. at Luminous Brewhouse with attendees welcome to stay after for further discussion. The series dates and topics are Jan. 28: The Role of Public Lands, Feb. 25: The Role of Private Working Lands, March 24: Outdoor Recreation and Its Impacts and April 28: Effects of Land Use Policies.

January’s session will feature representatives from the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association, Sheridan Travel and Tourism, Wyoming Wilderness Association and Antelope Butte Foundation. There is no cost to attend the series, and attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch. For convenience, Fired Up! Food Truck will be on site, and Sagewood North Cafe/Designing Dinners is located across Broadway Street.

For more information, call the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce at (307) 672-2485.

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