The Sandhills Task Force is a non-profit organizations consisting of a 16-member board of Sandhill ranchers and conservation agencies. The organizationís focus is on affecting sound environmental and economic practices in the Sandhills of Nebraska. This is accomplished using a variety of approaches including promoting research, education, technical assistance, and on-the-ground conservation practices.
The policy of the STF is to remain non-political in affecting change within the area. Its interest, rather, is to help ranchers, land managers, and governing bodies make informed decisions regarding the Sandhills resources.
Board members are representative of Sandhills culture, economics, ranching, and conservation interests. Nine of the members are associated with ranching and live within the Sandhills. The remaining six are non-ranching, but associated with organizations interested in sustaining the grassland ecosystem and ranching economy.
Board members are selected in accordance to established bylaws. The majority of the members are recommended by credible organizations having a high profile within the Sandhills. Four ranching members are selected independently by the Board to ensure ranching interests are well represented from all areas of the Sandhills.
Organizations involved in recommending Board members include:
Natural Resource Districts
The Nature Conservancy
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Nebraska Association of County Officials
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Natural Resources Conservation Service
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In December, 2000 the Sandhills Task Force joined with Nebraska Cattlemen to hire a person to work directly with landowners to assist in providing technical assistance and finding available funding to do conservation projects.
Jim Van Winkle was selected for the position. Jim is a life-time resident of Cherry County, rancher, and Cherry County Commissioner. His lifetime commitment to the Sandhills people, ranching and natural resources has made Jim a valuable asset toward reaching the Task Force goals.
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