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Nebraska Sandhill grasslands
Current Board Members

The Sandhills Task Force has 16 Board members, and at least nine make their primary livelihood from ranching within the Sandhills.  In addition to the rancher Board members, the following groups and/or organizations may have representation on the Board: County Commissioner, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Natural Resources Districts, Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited,  Resource Conservation & Development Council, and the Nebraska Land Trust.  Board members meet to conduct business four times per year, once per quarter.  

Click on the thumbnail for more information on each current board member. 

Mike Abbott

Ogalala, NE

Rancher

Ben Bailey

Lakeside, NE

Rancher

Melody Benjamin

Lakeside, NE

Rancher

Homer Buell

Bassett, NE

Rancher/Nebraska Cattlemen

Lemoyne Dailey

Thedford, NE

Rancher

Steve Fairbairn

Grand Island, NE

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Greg Gehl

Ericson, NE

Rancher

Eric Hansen

North Platte, NE

Rancher

Ted LaGrange

Lincoln, NE

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Nancy Peterson

Gordon, NE

Rancher

John Ravenscroft

Nenzel, NE

Rancher/Past County Comissioner

Mary Reece

North Platte, NE

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Rich Walters

Kearney, NE

The Nature Conservancy

Ang Wright

Valentine, NE

Ducks Unlimited

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Board Members in 2019

Back Row (L to R): Ashley Garrelts (Project Coordinator), Steve Waller (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Nancy Peterson (Rancher), Barb Cooksley (Rancher), Melody Benjamin (Rancher), Ted LaGrange (Nebraska Game and Parks Commission), Dave Sands (Nebraska Land Trust), John Denton (Ducks Unlimited), Greg Gehl (Rancher), Shelly Kelly (Executive Director).

Front Row (L to R): Homer Buell (Rancher), Kenny Dinan (US Fish and Wildlife Service), John Ravenscroft (Rancher), AB Cox (Rancher), Eric Hansen (Rancher), Doug Christensen (Nebraska Natural Resources Conservation Service), Tim McAbee (Rancher). 

Current Staff
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Shelly Kelly

Executive Director

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Ashley Garrelts

Project Coordinator

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Cody Trump

Sandhills Stewards Coordinator

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KyLee Kime

Administrative Assistant

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