New Natrona Out of doors Rec Collaborative signing constitution Wednesday; group can assist fund Casper space tasks

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View of Casper Mountain from behind a butte in the Rimrock Historic and Recreational Area. (Brendan LaChance, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo – Members of the new Natrona County Outdoor Recreation Collaborative are preparing to attend their next meeting to be held Wednesday, June 8 from 5-7 p.m. at the Tate Pumphouse, 1775 W. First St. in Casper will sign a charter.

According to Amy Crawford, outdoor recreation coordinator at the Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation, who is helping organize the new group, the meeting will be the third for the group formed to support more outdoor recreation opportunities in the Casper area Thursday.

The cooperation will meet every two months and, after signing the charter, will start brainstorming projects in which they wish to participate. The types of opportunities the group wants to support include things like hiking trails, boat ramps, or “any type of outdoor recreation opportunity,” Crawford said.

The cooperative has a steering committee composed of the following people:

  • Jason DeWitt, Casper Chamber of Commerce
  • Michael Brown, Natrona Co Parks-Road & Bridge
  • Steve Horn, Wyoming State Parks
  • Zulima Lopez, City of Casper Parks & Rec
  • Erik Aune, North Platte Lodge/Reef Fly Shop
  • Angela Emery, Platte River Trails

The collaboration will have access to some money, including American Rescue Plan Act dollars, which the office administers, through the Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation, according to Crawford. The group has the opportunity to consider supporting the efforts of other organizations. The Central Wyoming Trails Alliance, for example, is likely to present the opportunity at its next meeting to the cooperation that the cooperation can help connect CWTA with funding, Crawford said.

The Natrona County Outdoor Recreation Collaborative is the seventh outdoor cooperative in the state. Other Wyoming collaborations are helping with projects like widening a trail near Newcastle, adding a boat launch outside of Powell, creating a “blueway” in Big Horn Basin, or adding signage in Sweetwater County.

People who want to get involved and contribute are encouraged to attend the collaborative meetings, Crawford said.