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February 2013

In This Issue:

  1. Executive Director's Corner
  2. 1st Quarter Board Meeting Re-Scheduled
  3. 2013 Leopold Conservation Award Applications Available
  4. Upcoming Events
  5. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and find us on YouTube


Executive Director Corner

We have some exciting news to announce.  Last week the Governor made two new appointments to the Nebraska Environmental Trust Board.  Unfortunately due to Congressional District boundary changes, Vince Kramper no longer lived in the 1st Congressional District, but was now in the 3rd District and was not eligible to be reappointed.  Vince’s term will expire March 10, 2013.  The Governor has appointed Henry “Rick” Brandt of Roca to represent the 1st District beginning March 11, 2013.

We were sad to learn John Campbell of Omaha was not seeking reappointment when his term expires March 10, 2013, and the Governor has appointed Gerry Lauritzen to represent the 2nd District beginning March 11, 2013.  The Governor has reappointed Sherry Vinton of Whitman to the 3rd District.  Sherry will begin serving her second term on March 11, 2013.  The two new appointments and one reappointment must be approved by the Nebraska Legislature.

Dr. Joann Schaefer has announced she will be leaving her position with the State of Nebraska next month and her position on the board will be filled by her replacement at the Department of Health and Human Services.  Dr. Schaefer is one of the five agency directors on the board.

With the departure of three board members, we are losing a lot of experience and knowledge.  Vince is the last original board member and has served since the Trust’s inception.  I want to thank all three board members for their service to the Trust and wish them all the best.  The three new Board members will bring new ideas and fresh prospective to the board.  

The 2013 Legislative session is well underway.  Senator Tom Carlson is the chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and the other committee members include Senators Brasch, Dubas, Haar, Johnson, Kolowski, Schilz and Smith.  Two are new members to the committee, Senator Lydia Brasch is from Bancroft and Senator Rick Kolowski is from Omaha.  Senator McCoy and Senator Christensen are no longer on the committee.

Mark A. Brohman
Executive Director


1st Quarter Board Meeting Re-Scheduled

The 1st Quarter Board meeting on February 12, 2013 that was canceled due to lack of quorum, has now been postponed to February 26, 2013 (Tuesday) at 1:30pm at the Ferguson House. The Prelimary Rank Order List is also available on the Trust's website for those interested in the announcement. The list is subject to Board approval at the 1st Quarter Board Meeting.

You may click the link provided for the 2013 Preliminary Rank Order List.


2013 Leopold Conservation Award Applications Available

Nebraska Cattlemen, partnering with Sand County Foundation and Cargill, is seeking nominations for the 2013 Leopold Conservation Award in Nebraska. The winner of the award will receive an Aldo Leopold crystal and a check for $10,000. The Leopold Conservation Award recognizes Nebraska landowners who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and use sustainable management when working with the natural resources that are in their care.

The Leopold Conservation Award is presented in honor of famed conservationist and author Aldo Leopold who called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.
The Leopold Conservation Award in Nebraska is made possible through the generous support of: Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Cargill, Farm Credit Services of America, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Nebraska Cattlemen Research and Education Foundation, Nebraska Environmental Trust, Nebraska Land Trust, Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, Sandhills Task Force, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

The Leopold Conservation Award recipient will be announced April 19, 2013 and presented at the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Annual Convention in Kearney in December. 

Landowners may nominate themselves or others and nominations are also welcome from groups or organizations. The nomination deadline is March 1, 2013. For the application/ nomination form visit www.nebraskacattlemen.org or contact Kristen Hassebrook, 402.475.2333.


Upcoming Events

Please note change of meeting date:
- February 26, 2013 (Tuesday) - 1st Quarter Board Meeting, Ferguson House, Lincoln, NE. Time: 1:30pm

- March 21-24, 2013 - Rivers and Wildlife Celebration: Nebraska's Crane Festival, Holiday Inn Kearney, NE.

- April 4, 2013 (Thursday)- 2nd Quarter Board Meeting, Ferguson House, Lincoln NE. Time: 1:30pm

- April 20, 2013 (Saturday) - 2013 Earth Day Omaha, Elmwood Park, Omaha, NE.

- April 21, 2013 (Sunday) - Lincoln Earth Day, Antelope Park, Lincoln NE.

- May 7, 2013 (Tuesday) - Nebraska Children's Groundwater Festival, Central Community College and College Park, Grand Island

- May 17-19, 2013 (Friday - Sunday) - Spring Into Spring Festival - Lauritzen Gardens


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