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  • Sandhills Task Force enhancing the sandhill wetland-grassland ecosystem in a way that sustains profitable private ranching, wildlife and vegetative diversity, and associated water supplies.
    History of the Sandhills The landscape and economics of the Sandhills are connected to the sands and gravels that formed the area over the past 38 million years Click here Resources Articles including Sandhills Task Force projects and reports on issues effecting the Sanhills Click here About the STF The mission goals and role of the Sandhills Task Force in the Sandhills of Nebraska Click here The Sandhills Task Force is a non profit organization consisting of a 16 member board of Sandhill ranchers and conservation agencies The organization s 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 The organization serves 20 000 square mile sandhills area counties including Arthur Blaine Brown Cherry Custer Garden Garfield Grant Holt Hooker Lincoln Keith Logan Loup McPherson Morrill Rock Sheridan Thomas and Wheeler in Nebraska Enhancing the Sandhill wetland grassland ecosystem Download

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  • Sandhills Task Force - Donate
    associate water supplies Gifts from private individuals provide capital that can be used to leverage additional funds from granting organizations As a Sandhills Supporter we will keep you informed of activities through our annual report The Sandhills Task Force is designated as a 501 c 3 non profit organization by the IRS so donations made are tax deductible Thank you for considering an investment in the Nebraska Sandhills You can donate online with a credit card debit card or PayPal account by clicking the button below Or you can mail a check to Sandhills Task Force 30721 W North River Rd Sutherland NE 69165 Contact Shelly Kelly at director sandhillstaskforce org or contact the organization at comments sandhillstaskforce org Secured through PayPal Nebraska Sandhills History of the Sandhills Area Photos Who We Are Our Mission History of the Organization Board Members Program Director Photo Essay Organization Documents Annual Reports Donate Today Make your donation online Resource Library STF News Newsletters Annual Reports Resources Partners Organizations GIS Maps Ecotourism Home Contact Us Shelly Kelly Program Director 308 214 0065 directo r sandhillstaskforce org Sandhills Task Force 30721 W North River Rd Sutherland NE 69165 comments sandhillstaskforce org The Sandhills Task Force

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  • Sandhills Task Force - Aannual Private Lands Partners Day
    profit organizations and policymakers to collaborate on conservation projects for present and future generations It represents the voices of 21st century conservation and the collective effort to support working landscapes through voluntary incentive based public and private programs Click here to view information from past Private Lands Partners Day events Hotel Room Block Information Quality Inn Suites convention hotel Block name Partners for Conservation Rate 85 for standard room with 1 king bed or 2 double beds 115 for two room suite with 1 king bed or 2 queen beds Cutoff date August 21 2015 Contact info 308 532 9090 you must call to receive guaranteed prices Website Fairfield Inn Suites very close to convention center across parking lot Block name Partners for Conservation Rate 109 tax for a standard king or standard 2 queen bed room Cutoff date September 8 2015 Contact info 308 532 9900 you must call to receive guaranteed prices Website Contact Shelly Kelly at director sandhillstaskforce org or contact the organization at comments sandhillstaskforce org Click here to view and print the flier EVENT AGENDA click here Event Sponsors GOLD SPONSORS SILVER SPONSORS BRONZE SPONSORS Nebraska Sandhills History of the Sandhills Area Photos Who We

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  • Sandhills Task Force news on projects and events that enhance the sandhill wetland-grassland ecosystem
    for STF activities Annual Reports 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 Volunteer Fire Department Prescribed Burn Award NEW STF February Newsletter NEW STF Strategic Plan Videos Recordings from the Wind Energy Symposium Clear Lake Project Ainsworth Star Journal Two ranches close on conservation easements Omaha World Herald Interactive Map of the Northern Great Plains STF closes on eastern Sandhills easement Platte Basin TIMELAPSE Board member wins conservation award 4th year of VFD recognition program Sandhills resources library articles STF NEWSLETTERS Click on our past newsletters below to read about us 2015 February June 2014 February August 2013 March July October 2012 January April 2011 May August 2010 February 2009 February June September 2008 March August November 2007 January June November 2006 January May September 2005 May August 2004 January April September 2003 May August 2002 January May August December 2001 January April June November 2000 January May August November You may also view our Projects and Accomplishment Reports for STF activities Return to top Nebraska Sandhills History of the Sandhills Area Photos Who We Are Our Mission History of the Organization Board Members Program Director Photo Essay Organization Documents Annual Reports Donate

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  • Sandhills Task Force site current topics on enhancing the sandhill wetland-grassland ecosystem
    content View the website Homer Buell a Sandhills Task Force board member won the 2012 Leopold Conservation Award for Nebraska The Buell family is part of the fabric of the Nebraska Sandhills For nearly 130 years they have ranched in the region while caring for the land water and wildlife that each Buell generation passed on to the next Watch the video about their story STF announces 4th year of VFD recognition program The STF will continue to sponsor a program designed to create opportunities for landowners to partner with their local Volunteer Fire Departments VFD s The program provides a 15 per acre recognition payment to Sandhills based VFD s that provide labor and equipment necessary to facilitate a prescribed fire In the past three years VFD s have assisted landowner in burning over 8 000 acres across the Sandhills The bulk of these burn have been focused at the control eastern red cedar trees across the Sandhills landscape For more information on this program contact Projects Coordinator Jim Van Winkle Click here for VFD Letter and Recognition Award Award Request STF receives funds for conservation projects The STF has been the recipient of a 361 200 grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund NETF The grant is aimed at building capacity to enhance the grasslands water resources and wildlife throughout the Sandhills ecosystem The NETF has been a longtime supporter of the STF partnership model that involves landowner driven conservation and results in projects beneficial to the Sandhills resource as well as the people who live there Download our Brochure A three fold color brochure describing the Sandhills Task Force can be obtained by contacting any of the above listed contacts Return to top Nebraska Sandhills History of the Sandhills Area Photos Who We Are Our Mission History

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  • Sandhills Task Force library of historical and educational resource articles on enhancing the Nebraska sandhill wetland-grassland ecosystems
    Wildlife Hunting Habitat The Odd Couple NEW 05 1995 John Farrar NEBRASKAland Magazine Wildlife Habitat Sandhill Wild Game Species Abundant Early in 20th Century 11 18 1992 Marianne Beel Sandhills Advertiser Wildlife History Habitat A Grouse Manager Hunts Grouse 08 1992 John Farrar NEBRASKAland Magazine Wildlife Hunting Habitat Research for the Birds Sandhills is the Target of Grassland Bird and Grazing Investigation Larkin Powell School of Natural Resources UNL Birds Grazing Wildlife Habitat Nebraska s Implacable Place Richard Manning University of Nebraska Lincoln Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies Birds Wildlife Habitat ECOLOGY GEOLOGY Water use by invasive eastern redcedar Juniperus virginiana in the Nebraska Sandhills 2011 University of Nebraska Lincoln Vegetation Grazing Water Blowouts Fascinating Topographical Features of the Nebraska Sandhills NEW 06 2008 John Farrar NEBRASKAland Magazine Vegetation Habitat Ground Water Sustenance of Nebraska s Unique Sand Hills Peatland Fen Ecosystems 2007 F Edwin Harvey James B Swinehart and TinaM Kurtz Water Landcover of Nebraska Map Henebry Merchant Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies Vegetation Grazing 2006 Vegetation Survey of the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge 03 2006 Robert F Steinauer Vegetation Grazing The Sandhills A Desert Under Grass 03 2006 James Swinehart Nebraska Cattleman Agriculture Ranching Grazing Habitat Stitching Rips in the Sandhills 09 1999 Ann Toner Nebraska Farmer Agriculture Ranching Grazing Habitat Alkaline Meadows of the North Platte River Valley NEW 1994 Gerry Steinauer NEBRASKAland Magazine Water wildlife Habitat Vegetation The Nebraska Sand Hills 04 1991 Ann Bleed and CharlesFlowerday Rangelands Agriculture Ranching Grazing Habitat Notes on Nebraska Flora Blowout Plants NEW 03 1986 Curt Twedt NEBRASKAland Magazine Vegetation Sediment Gives Glimpse of Sand Hills Past Climate Doris Ann Ware World Herald Star Integrated Management of Eastern Red Cedar on Grasslands John Ortmann James Stubbendieck Robert Mitchell Vegetation Grazing Sandhills Alkaline Wetlands Alkaline Wetlands Vegetation

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  • Sandhills Task Force history of the work and projects of enhancing the Nebraska sandhill wetland-grassland ecosystems
    and depend on the grasses to keep the sands in place Many of the grasses in turn are dependent on the groundwater accumulated under the sands The groundwater recharged by precipitation slowly discharges its excess into lakes wetlands meadows and streams About 90 percent of the stream flow 2 4 million acre feet comes from groundwater discharge Bentall 1990 Lakes and wetlands cover about 1 3 million acres Turner and Rundquist 1980 and provide economic stability and diversity of flora and fauna Lands with the water table about two feet below the surface produce lush stands of native grasses As the distance to the water table increases or decreases vegetation shifts toward more arid or aquatic plants respectively In the early 1900 s landowners ditched across the wetter meadows and open water marshes to increase grass production The rapid movement of groundwater up to 500 feet per year Bleed 1990 creates an underground continuum between the lakes wetlands and streams So an alteration in one area may easily affect vegetation and wetlands over a larger landscape Winter 1988 states Drainage lowers the hydraulic head at the wetland site initially increasing groundwater gradients which increases groundwater discharge to the site However over a long period of time groundwater levels generally decline with drainage Because the hydrologic system is a continuum any modification of the continuum will impact contiguous parts One well or one landscape modification generally has only local effects but multiple modifications or development can have extensive impacts Another alteration in the Sandhills is the conversion of grassland to cropland Two attempts one at the turn of the century the Kincaid Act and again in the 1970 s brought financial and environmental problems In the late 1970 s cultivation in the eastern portion was encouraged by tax laws center pivot

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  • Sandhills Task Force site contact information - enhancing the sandhill wetland-grassland ecosystem
    concerned about the future of the Sandhills Beginning in 1990 the U S Fish and Wildlife Service hired a person to assess the Sandhills resources and develop a program that would ensure the future of the grassland resource While resource organizations welcomed the initiative Nebraska Cattlemen and ranchers were concerned about the growing control government was having on their land and ranching operations In 1991 the Nebraska Cattlemen and Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to bring individuals from both sides together to provide input to the Service in developing a plan that would be both beneficial and acceptable within the Sandhills In 1993 the plan was signed by each member of the group and the Fish and Wildlife Service It was at this time that the Sandhills Task Force decided to continue as a group to ensure the plan was implemented Within the next three years the group became a non profit corporation recognized by the state of Nebraska It became instrumental in obtaining funding to finance conservation projects on privately owned lands grazing workshops an educational video and research projects Its ability to find practical win win solutions to resource problems has given it recognition at the state and national level The Task Force has been recognized as a workable model of a grassroots approach to landscape conservation In 2000 the Sandhills Task Force received its tax exempt status 501 c 3 from the Internal Revenue Service STF Strategic Plan Photo Essay View Photos of the Sandhills and our organization Contact Shelly Kelly at director sandhillstaskforce org or contact the organization at comments sandhillstaskforce org Return to top Nebraska Sandhills History of the Sandhills Area Photos Who We Are Our Mission History of the Organization Board Members Program Director Photo Essay Organization Documents Annual Reports Donate Today Make your

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