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Shortgrass Steppe Residency


  1. Leave no trace: leave the residence cleaner than you found it and please be respectful of the property.

  2. Arrive and depart promptly at the times pre-arranged with the site manager. If your schedule changes, let the MFA program and the site manager know immediately.

  3. No family, no significant others, no guests, no parties, no exceptions.

  4. Respect the other residents and other researchers at Shortgrass Steppe. Maintain the quiet of the research center. Never interrupt other writers at work. If someone's door is closed, assume they are working. Do not knock on doors, or call or text writers at work.  Be cordial with all researchers and staff at the site. You are a representative of the University of Wyoming while at the center.

  5. Plan ahead about what supplies you will need for your work. Materials, printers, etc, will not be available to you there. The center provides linens, but you will need to bring your own food (each house has a kitchen). The MFA program will pay for the nightly rate of your stay but cannot pay for food or for any charges related to damage of Shortgrass Steppe property.

  6. Please keep in mind that driving conditions to Shortgrass can be very challenging in the winter.  Plan ahead.

  7. Please remember that residency opportunities for future MFA students depend entirely on your respectful and productive use of the center.

  8. Shortgrass is on public land, surrounded by private property.  Please be absolutely certain never to trespass onto private land while at Shortgrass.  The site manager can provided you with detailed maps and directions if you wish to explore the Shortgrass property.  Trespassers will be asked to leave Shortgrass, and may face trespassing charges.

  9. Please be sure to schedule your Shortgrass residency so that it is not in conflict with any responsibilities connected to your graduate assistantship.  If the residency may be in conflict with a class, please discuss it with your instructor before scheduling.

The site manager is Mark Lundquist, and his contact information is:

Shortgrass Steppe
Long Term Ecological Research & SGS-R&IC
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1499 U.S.A.
Office: (970) 897-2210  (970) 897-2276
Cell: (970) 213-9576

Directions to the SGS-LTER Facilities at CPER

From Cheyenne at I-80 and US-85 (Greeley Hwy) Interchange (Exit 362):

  1. Travel South on US-85 for 21.9 miles.
  2. Turn Left on County Rd-114 (at CPER sign), travel for 0.7 miles.
  3. The new SGS Research Interp Center is the first right turn.

The SGS-LTER Field Station is first left turn.

From Fort Collins at I-25 and CO 14 (Mulberry St) Interchange (Exit 269):

  1. Travel North on I-25 for 8.1 miles.
  2. Take exit 278 (Wellington / CO-1).
  3. Turn right at exit onto CO-1 for 100 yards.
  4. Turn left at NE Frontage Rd and travel 0.5 miles.
  5. Turn right at E County Rd-64 (changes to County Rd-100) for 11.1 miles.
  6. Turn left on US 85, travel for 7 miles.
  7. Turn right on County Rd-114 (at CPER sign), travel for 0.7 miles.
  8. The new SGS Research Interp Center is the first right turn.

The SGS-LTER Field Station is first left turn.

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