The Sandhills Task Force strives to provide education to ranchers, wildlife enthusiasts, Nebraska residents, policymakers, and everyone else. The Nebraska Sandhills have many interesting and unique attributes that anyone would enjoy learning more about.
The Sandhills Task Force is a supporter of the Nebraska Youth Range Camp. This state-wide camp consists of a dynamic curriculum that appeals to students with a wide array of interests including, but not limited to, rangeland management, conservation, ecology, animal science, and wildlife. With nearly 50 years to perfect and evolve this curriculum, every student, no matter what prior experience they have, will learn substantial information that will help them become more aware of Nebraska’s most prevalent land use. Rangelands cover nearly 50% of Nebraska and approximately 60% of the United States. These numbers convey the dominance of this land use, but recently there have been several political issues regarding the management of these rangelands which further emphasizes the reason it is imperative for us to educate the youth so we may enable them to become proficient and effective leaders in resource management as well as educated voters.
The students that attend this camp will be actively involved with lectures, field activities, hands-on experience, and recreational leadership and team-building activities that are all led by up to 20 of Nebraska’s most respected and dedicated leaders, teachers, and professionals from various agencies, colleges, and universities. Each student will be sent home with a binder that is filled with educational materials. Must be 14-18 years old.
April 2022 Drought Management workshops featuring Mitch Stephenson- Associate Professor of Range and Forage Sciences at UNL speaks on Rangeland management before, during, and after drought for resilient landscapes, and Ashley Garrelts, from the Sandhills Task Force, speaks on management options and developing a drought plan. Mitch also presents a series of online tools that can be used to predict and prepare for drought conditions. Click the links below for more information
November 2020 Woody Encroachment meeting featuring Dr. Dirac Twidwell- Associate Professor of Range Ecologist at UNL. Dr. Twidwell speaks on the Eastern Red Cedar invasion and what it does to the Sandhills and ways to control it. Click the links below to watch!
Dirac also spoke about the invasion of Eastern Red Cedar in July 2020 at an online meeting hosted by the Sandhills Task Force.