Nebraska State RC&D Association – 2016 Annual Meeting

The Loup Basin RC&D Council will be hosting the Nebraska State RC&D Association annual meeting.

Agenda – Monday, October 17, 2016

NERC&D 2015 annual meeting minutes

 

 

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Sandhills RC&D unveils new website

The Sandhills RC&D unveils a new website!

The Sandhills Resource, Conservation, and Development Council, better known as RC&D, is a nonprofit organization created to help develop and improve the social, econimic and environmental conditions whithin the Sandhills area it serves.  That area is the Nebraska counties of Arthur, Grant, Hooker, Keith, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson and Thomas.

Visit the Sandhills RC&D website at http://www.sandhillsrcd.com/

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2015 Nebraska State RC&D Association Meeting

2015 Nebraska Resource, Conservation & Development Association

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Northeast Nebraska RC&D Annual Meeting a Celebration

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Photo caption: Newly elected officers to the RC&D Council for 2015 are (from left to right) Dennis Wacker, Joan Alexander, Janet Gill and Jim Rabe.

The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council held its annual meeting at the Serendipity Restaurant in Plainview recently to celebrate the year’s accomplishments and encourage fellowship amongst members and guests.  Jr. Jazzercisers provided the dancing entertainment. 

Two new projects were chosen for support.  A one-year pilot project will be undertaken to extend Northeast Nebraska RC&D services and outreach to Madison County since the PrairieLand RC&D is no longer able to do that.  And grant writing assistance will be given to the Wynot Public Cemetery board for their multi-faceted repair project.  Continue reading

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Nebraska State RC&D Association Fall Meeting: Sept 28 & 29th

The Nebraska RC&D State Association meeting will be held on September 28th & 29th in Bassett and hosted by the North Central RC&D.

Nebraska State RC&D Fall Meeting September 28-29, 2014

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Noxious Weed Tour Successful!!

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The Northeast Nebraska Weed Management Area (NNWMA) in cooperation with the Northeast Nebraska RC&D Council and the Nebraska Environmental Trust held a tour recently at Niobrara State Park.  “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Noxious Weed Control” offered the 32 participants an education on noxious weeds and control methods being used.

First stop was the Niobrara Public School to hear from the student leaders about their Purple loosestrife bucket garden.  Students rear the insects the feed on this weed and then later release them into infestations of the plant.  These biological control insects feed exclusively on that plant.   Students shared with the group the many life skills they’ve learned in doing this project.  The NNWMA and the South Dakota/Nebraska Purple loosestrife groups have assisted teacher Sharla Hanzlik and the students over a number of years with this project.

A visit to the Niobrara boat ramp offered a look at native Phragmites and Purple loosestrife in their natural environment.  Experts pointed out that both native and non-native Phragmites are growing in the area, and often in the same spot, so control methods are difficult to implement.

Salt cedar is another noxious weed that has shown up along the Missouri River in Nebraska and South Dakota.  The NNWMA and partners have been vigilant each spring and now in late summer as well, to get out on the river and the sandbars to keep up the fight.  They use boats to get to the areas of infestation and then Continue reading

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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Photo caption: The Galerucellainsect feeds on Purple loosestrife plants.  This is one method being used by the Northeast Nebraska Weed Management Area to help control the spread of this noxious weed.
The Northeast Nebraska Weed Management Area in cooperation with the Northeast Nebraska RC&D Council and the Nebraska Environmental Trust are hosting a free educational tour on Wednesday, August 20

th at Niobrara State Park.  “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Noxious Weed Control” is the title for this event.  Participants will see first-hand a number of methods being used to control the spread of Nebraska-listed noxious weeds. 

 
Officials with Nebraska Game & Parks have implemented the use of chemicals, insects, mowing and haying in their fight against noxious weeds on the Bazile Creek Wildlife Management Area located near the park.  Some have worked well while others have not. 
 
The Northeast Nebraska Weed Management Area (NNWMA) has used both chemical and biological controls on Purple loosestrife, Leafy spurge, and Knapweed through their programs.  Flooding caused problems with the insects, the sheer volume of noxious weeds that must be controlled is overwhelming in some locations, and working around environmental concerns also plays a big part in when and how some controls are implemented. 

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Artists’ Work Displayed at RC&D

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Marcella Donner’s favorite photo is of this lovely old country estate near the mountains.

 

The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council currently has two artists displaying their work.  The first is Shirley Hoffman of Plainview.  Her Double Irish Chain quilt is fashioned out of plain pink and printed fabric.  The other is an Earth Rhythms Pattern made of gold and a dark-colored print.  This award-winning quilt received a blue ribbon from the Country Piecemakers Quilt Guild.  The latter was given to Shirley’s granddaughter, Grace Hoffman for her 13th birthday in 2013. 

 
Marcella Donner, Wausa, has many talents as an artist.  Not only does she put glassware together for garden art and lamps, but she’s also a photographer.  She very much enjoys taking pictures of flowers and country scenery.  Marcella has even created photo collages as memory gifts upon request. 
 
These displays can be seen at the RC&D office from 10am to 4:30pm Tuesdays through Thursdays.  The public is welcome and encouraged to stop in.  Everyone appreciates having their creations seen and enjoyed by others. 
    
 
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Sandhills RC&D Receives Grant from Nebraska Environmental Trust

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NETlogo_colorLincoln, NE – April 5, 2014 – Sandhills Resource Conservation and Development announced today that it will receive $84,967.00 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for “Cedar Control in the Sandhills Region”. The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 3, 2014 in Lincoln. This is the first year of award with a potential for 2nd and 3rd year funding totaling $33,967.00 and $16,966.00 respectively. The project is one of the 132 projects receiving $21,750,000 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year. Of these, 56 were new applications and 76 are carry-over projects.NETlogo_color

The Sandhills Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D) is planning to work cooperatively with the Upper Loup Natural Resource District (Upper Loup NRD) on the three year project to provide landowners in the central Sandhills region with tools needed to control Eastern Red Cedar encroachment and restore the rangeland to productive grazing land acres. First year grant funds will be used to purchase a tree shear mounted on a skid loader capable of mechanical removal of trees up to 20” in diameter as well as a small wheeled trailer to move the equipment from place to place. In addition to the purchase of this equipment, funds in all years will be used to host at least eight Continue reading

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Northeast Nebraska RC&D Reports a Successful Shredding Event!!

KENO documents galoreOn May 8th and 9th the Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council and partners hosted six shredding events around their six-county service area.  These were intended to assist citizens in disposing of confidential files safely, reducing the potential for identity theft, and to support recycling.   

Approximately 5 tons of material was shredded.  Forty-eight (48) households and small businesses were served.  Security Shredding of Laurel was the contractor.  All materials were shredded on-site in the truck equipped with a pulverizer.
 
The types of material shredded included financial and payroll documents, KENO records, personnel files, legal documents, confidential correspondence, cancelled checks, account ledgers, invoices, medical records and more.
 
Assisting the RC&D board members and staff were the Orchard librarian, a Midwest Bank staff person, and the Lewis & Clark board chairman.  
 
For more information about this effort or any of the RC&D’s programs and services please contact the office at 402-582-4866 or email [email protected]
 
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The RC&D office is handicap accessible.  This institution is an equal opportunity provider & employer.

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Northeast Nebraska RC&D to Host Farmers Market in Plainview!!

 signThe Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council will be bringing a Farmers Market to town beginning June 11th.   Their vacant lot located at 702 E. Park Ave., east Highway 20, Plainview will be the site for the market.  This particular location offers great highway access, is a highly visible spot and provides a shady area where the vendors can set up their booths. 
 
Jim and Pearl Laycock, local entrepreneurs and vegetable growers, will be the market managers.  They are well-versed in the operation of a farmers market and have participated in the Pierce market for a number of years. 
 
The market will run through the growing season which should end approximately September 30th.  Hours of operation will be Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until noon.  Those interested in becoming vendors or who would like more information may contact the Laycocks at 402-582-3334, or the RC&D office at 402-582-4866 or via email [email protected].

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Northeast Nebraska RC&D Learned of Rural Health Department Work

 At a recent meeting of the Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council they heard from Roger Wiese, Director of the North Central District Health Department located in O’Neill.  He gave a brief history of how and why the public health departments were created in Nebraska.  They started in 2001 and were funded initially in all 93 counties with payout from the tobacco industry lawsuit.  His office covers 9 counties: Cherry, Brown, Rock, Keya Paha, Boyd, Antelope, Pierce, Holt, and Knox.  Some of their programs include Emergency Management Preparedness, mental health issues, substance abuse, natural disasters, and public health symptoms.  Much of their work involves collecting data and information and then acting on it.   He explained that their Miles of Smiles program, which offers oral screening and fluoride varnish for elementary and middle school students in the district, is seeing an improvement with the children’s dental issues.
 
Jan Jorgensen, Projects Manager, reported that the grant writing workshop held recently was successful with 34 people attending from 23 communities.  They were excited to learn of the granting opportunities that exist and were glad for the chance to meet some of the funders.  Sensitive document shredding events will take place May 8th and 9th in the six communities of Orchard, Creighton, Plainview, Ponca, Hartington and Wayne.  Electronics Recycling is still be planned for this summer with times and locations to be announced.

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Northeast Nebraska RC&D Receives Grant from Nebraska Environmental Trust

 
Northeast Nebraska RC&D announced today that it will receive $24,134.00 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the “Integrated Management of Noxious Weeds in Biologically Sensitive Areas by the Northeast Nebraska Weed Management Area”. The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 3, 2014 in Lincoln. This is the third and final year of award. The project is one of the 132 projects receiving $21,750,000 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year. Of these, 56 were new applications and 76 are carry-over projects.
 
Invasive species are cited frequently as significant threats to biological diversity in Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project planning document (NNLP). To address issues with invasive species, NNLP recommended development of collaborative conservation efforts to implement strategies that address specific issues in biologically unique landscapes (BUL’s) identified in the plan. One such group is the Northeast Nebraska Weed Management Area (NNWMA).  NNWMA is composed of a diverse group of partners and covers 8 counties and 4,610,212 acres of private, public, and tribal land. Eight BUL’s are partially or wholly within NNWMA boundaries.  These include prairies that contain federally threatened Western Prairie Fringed Orchid and state listed Small White Lady Slipper Orchid, as well as habitats that are home to 34 other Tier 1 plant, mussel, fish, insect, bird, and mammal species. 

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Northeast Nebraska RC&D Grant Writing Workshop a Success

 
A one-day Grant Writing Workshop held April 17th in Plainview was attended by thirty-four individuals from twenty-three communities.  They represented a wide-variety of disciplines including economic developers, hospital staff, city administrators, community volunteers, a housing manager, a tribal representative, non-profit entities, a university scientist, and a librarian. 
 
Jan Jorgensen, RC&D staff member, shared grant writing basics and tips on what she’s learned over twenty-one years of writing grants.  Being successful takes a well-identified need, the right funder, the right project written in a clear and easily understood method, and good partners.  She told the group that persistence does pay off and “You won’t die if you don’t get the grant, but you certainly won’t get it unless you submit one.” 
 
Mike Marty and Tom McCauley with the Nebraska Arts Council told of the variety of programs and services they offer through their state agency as well as the many granting opportunities available.  Mary Yager, Humanities Nebraska, updated the group on their granting programs as well as their speakers’ bureau.  They too are a state agency and share similarities to the Nebraska Arts Council, but their grants do not require matching cash.  Heather Hogue, Nebraska Tourism Office offered insight into their two grant programs – the Tourism Marketing grant and a newer one called the Tourism Community Impact grants. 

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Broken Bow, Nebraska hosted the 2014 Nebraska RC&D Association Spring Meeting, April 3 and April 4, 2014

Theme  –   “Strength in Partnering in our Communities”

Dan Hruza. President of the Nebraska State RC&D Association invites everyone to attend the 2014 Nebraska State RC&D Association spring meeting at Broken Bow, Nebraska April 3rd and April 4 2014.

NE State RC&D Association Program April 3-4, 2014,
NE State RC&D Association Registration Form April 3-4, 2014,
NE State RC&D Association Conference Information April 3-4, 2014

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Water Educational Tour Coming in October

The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council in cooperation with the Nebraska Well Drillers Association, Lewis & Clark NRD, and Lower Elkhorn NRD are pleased to be offering a full-day tour to learn about the geology of Northeast Nebraska through educational information on the Wau-Col Regional Water System and the variety of geothermal systems in place at Ponca State Park.  Attached please find the letter provided by the Nebraska Well Drillers Association about registration which is now available on their website.  You may want to take advantage of the early bird price available now.  This tour has been approved for 8 hours of continuing education hours.  Space is limited so register soon if you have an interest in this or share it with others who might!  Click here for a flyer of the NWDA NORTH EASTERN NEBRASKA GEOLOGY TOUR

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NOXIOUS WEEDS FOCUS OF FREE WORKSHOP

The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council and the Northeast Nebraska Weed Management Area will be hosting a free workshop on noxious weed control on Wednesday, August 21 at the Niobrara State Park Lodge, Niobrara, NE.  The event is open to the public and begins with registration at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude by 2:30 p.m.   Lunch will be provided.  Farmers, ranchers, and others interested in learning more about Continue reading
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Bee Friendly Tour was Excellent

The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council’s  “Bee Friendly” Field Tour  was a success and those attending felt they received more good information than they thought possible at such an event.

Denny Wacker, host and organic farmer, shared his story of becoming organic and how he’d used available programs to help him establish lots of “edges” around his fields that help increase diversity of pollinator species and offer Continue reading

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SAVE THE DATES: 2013 Household Hazardous Waste Collections Schedule

The Five Rivers Resource Conservation & Development, Inc. will be conducting household hazardous waste collections in Nebraska City, Syracuse, Auburn, Falls City, Humboldt, Pawnee City, Tecumseh, Fairbury, and Crete with financial assistance from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Waste Reduction & Recycling Program and other assistance provided by the Nemaha NRD, Lower Big Blue NRD, and Jefferson, Otoe, Nemaha, Johnson, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline Counties.DEQ_logo

Save the dates for the 2013 HHW Collections! Locations will be announced in the near future-stay tuned!   Click here to print-SAVE THE DATES: 2013 HHW Collections Schedule News Release – 2013

Otoe County – Syracuse

 Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 from 1:00 PM-3:30 PM

Contact is Carol Crook 402-873-4619 

Otoe County – Nebraska City

 Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Contact is Carol Crook 402-873-4619 

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Krista Stueckrath Display at Northeast Nebraska RC&D Office

The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council is pleased to be showcasing the artwork of Krista Stueckrath through August 8thKrista Stueckrath2Krista is the daughter of Dean and Stephanie Stueckrath of Osmond and granddaughter of Dorean and the late John Stueckrath of Plainview.  Last summer, as the result of a review of her art portfolio, she was a recipient of a scholarship to the Art Institute in Vermillion.  She graduated from Osmond High School in May and plans to attend USD this fall majoring in business while perhaps pursuing a minor in art.  She’ll also be a member of their marching band.
 
Krista really enjoys working with acrylic paints, but her display shows how talented she is working with all sorts of media.  Color is used extensively in many of her pieces.  Her favorite picture is of an abstract black tree with a blue moon and lots of other bright colors on the canvas.  The piece that took her the longest to do, a lot of class time plus vacation time at home, used colors that were all mixed to get just the color she had in mind.  It has 10,235 dots all made with a pencil eraser as her stamp.  Continue reading
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Northeast Nebraska RC&D Hosting Field Tour

The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council is hosting a “Bee Friendly” Field Tour on Tuesday, July 30th at Dennis Wacker’s Prairie’s Edge Organic Farm.  The site is located 3 miles east of Plainview on U.S. Highway 20 and 1 ¼ mile south of 540 Ave.  There is a small fee to attend and pre-registration is requested by Monday, July 29th to 402-582-4866 or [email protected].

Pollinators are in trouble.  Parasites, diseases, loss of habitat, and more are threatening their survival, but there’s help if people just know what to do.  The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) website states that 75% of the world’s flowering plants and almost 35% of the world’s crops need pollinators to reproduce.  Many people think Continue reading

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FIVE RIVERS RC&D & NEMAHA NRD ARE AWARDED 3 YEAR GRANT FROM NDEQ FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTIONS

Five Rivers RC&D, in a partnership with the Nemaha NRD, was awarded a grant in the amount of $122, 034 from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grants Program. Altogether, the state received 35 eligible applications with requests totaling approximately $2.4 million for integrated solid waste management facilities and projects.  Approximately $1.4 million was awarded for 30 projects throughout Nebraska.  DEQ_logo

The grant program provides funds annually for integrated waste management activities in Nebraska.  The funds awarded to Five Rivers RC&D & the Nemaha NRD will be used to organize and host 9 household hazardous waste collections throughout 7 counties in southeast Nebraska every fall over the course of three years. Counties included are Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Saline, and Richardson. Stay tuned for Continue reading

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Northeast Nebraska RC&D Council is Awarded Grant – NDEQ

The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council was awarded a grant in the amount of $13,067 from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grants Program.  Altogether, the state received 35 eligible applications with requests totaling approximately $2.4 million for integrated solid waste management facilities and projects.  Approximately $1.4 million was awarded for 30 projects throughout Nebraska.DEQ_logo

The grant program provides funds annually for integrated waste management activities in Nebraska.  The funds awarded to the Northeast Nebraska RC&D Council will be used for three Household Hazardous Waste collection events.  Continue reading

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Northeast Nebraska RC&D & Partners Focus on Wildlife Habitat

The July 11th Habitat Management Tour in northern Cedar County will take an up-close look at techniques used in managing grassland habitat for wildlife.  Biologists will pick apart what’s been learned in attempts to re-invigorate old Conservation Reserve Program lands to make them the most productive wildlife habitat possible, talk about long-term management and maintenance of the those acres, and share the expectations, challenges and surprises of habitat work. Other points of interest will include prairie plant ID, tree planting for wildlife, and long-term woodland management.

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Northeast Nebraska RC&D Tours CVA Facility

The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council meeting on May 30th began with a tour at the new Central Valley Ag (CVA) facility west of Royal.   Jeff Krebs, spokesperson for CVA, spent time showing and telling about the locations of the various buildings, rail line, tanks, office and explaining the construction process.  This state-of-the-art grain and agronomy hub will employ 25 people and bring in approximately $300,000 in tax revenue annually to Antelope County.  CVA will have their Ribbon Cutting event September 5, approximately just one year from the beginning of construction.
 
Following the tour members held their meeting at Green Gables Restaurant led by President Dennis Wacker.  The Electronic Waste project recently completed properly recycled over 12,000# of obsolete computers and related equipment and served citizens from 21 communities. 
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National Award to Five Rivers RC&D Council

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Press Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Andrew Gordon, Executive Director, NARC&DC

May 30, 2013

The National Association of Resource Conservation & Development Councils Announces Award to Five Rivers RC&D Council

The National Association of RC&D Councils (NARC&DC) is very pleased to announce that Five Rivers Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council of Tecumseh, Nebraska has been reauthorized as a Premier member of the NARC&DC Circle of Diamonds program, one of just five RC&D Councils out of 375 to qualify for this elite status.

The NARC&DC Circle of Diamonds program provides a proactive means for RC&D Councils to demonstrate that they are complying with legal requirements and best non-profit management practices. The program has three tiers or levels: Basic, Enhanced, and Premier. By earning Premier level membership, Five Rivers RC&D Council has clearly demonstrated its ability to adhere to the highest standards of governance and administration and its effectiveness in public outreach and partnership management. Continue reading

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Got Weeds? Cost-Share Program to Combat Invasive Weed Species Now Available

Press Release – Five Rivers RC&D

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Nebraska RC&D Association Sweeps Western Awards

The Nebraska Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Association is pleased to announce their latest award winners.  At the 2013 Western Regional RC&D Association Conference held in Gering, Nebraska, the Nebraska RC&D Association’s Councils received 5 regional awards. The Western RC&D Association covers 10 states and 80 RC&D Councils.

The 2013 award winners are:

2013 Outstanding Performance by an Executive Director
Bobbie Meints – Five Rivers RC&D – Tecumseh, Nebraska

As the Executive Director of Five Rivers RC&D, Bobbie is able to incorporate her outgoing, empathetic, and innovative personality in order to achieve the goals of the organization. Demonstrating the implementation of a balanced RC&D program, Bobbie has been able to adjust to the restructuring of the organization and identify and utilize effective ways of completing RC&D projects and activities. She values the opinion of each individual she works with and incorporates the opinion of others into her decision making process. Bobbie’s personality and her past experience of working with the public serves the Five Rivers Council very well, as she is 100% committed and understands what is necessary to “make a difference” in southeast Nebraska. Continue reading

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Letter from NE State RC&D Association President, Dan Hruza

Please click to read a letter from Nebraska State RC&D Association President, Dan Hruza

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In Celebration of RC&D’s 50th Anniversary

 NARC&DC wants to highlight 50 councils and their success stories.  Starting in 2013, we will highlight a council every week.  Are you interested in having your council receive national attention?  If so, contact Sue Sutherland, Western RC&D President, with the following information:

Name of Your Council
State
Week you would like to be assigned?  Otherwise, it will be first-come, first-served
Contact Person
Email and Phone Number

Selected councils will be expected to submit a story with pictures which will appear on our new National RC&D website.  The National Association of RC&D Councils has developed a template for your use.  The template can be found at http://www.narcdc.org/how-to-write-one-template.html.  Let’s start acknowledging and celebrating RC&D successes!   Contact Sue at [email protected].  We look forward to celebrating your success!

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2012 Nebraska State RC&D Association Exhibit Booth Winners

Five Rivers RC&D won first place and received $50 for their booth display at the 2012 Nebraska State RC&D Association Annual Conference in Wayne Nebraska on September 27, 2012.  Sandhills RC&D received second place.

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The Nebraska State RC&D Association Announces its Annual Awards

2012 Outstanding Coordinator/Executive Director
Bobbie Meints – Five Rivers RC&D

As the Executive Director of Five Rivers RC&D, Bobbie is able to incorporate her outgoing, strategic, empathetic, communicative, and innovative personality in order to achieve the goals of the organization.  Demonstrating the implementation of a balanced RC&D program, Bobbie has been able to adjust to the restructuring of the organization and identify and utilize effective ways of completing RC&D projects and activities.  She values the opinion of each individual she works with and incorporates the opinion of others into her decision making process.  Bobbie’s personality and her past experience of working with the public serves the Five Rivers Council very well, as she is 100% committed and understands what is necessary to “make a difference” in southeast Nebraska.

2012 Outstanding Performance by a Council
Northeast Nebraska RC&D Council

Over a nineteen year period this Council had grown to become a regional leader involving many active groups of volunteers, all who wanted to make the area a better place.  Many who are involved in projects are not on the board, but are interested citizens.  Some projects are led by other groups such as the Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway who draw encouragement and technical support from the RC&D.  Training to RC&D Council members and visiting with sponsor’s boards helps in creating an awareness of the accomplishments of the RC&D and tries to ensure continued financial and verbal support by those entities.  Many times the RC&D projects have been completed thanks to the financial support gained through grant funding and the sponsors continue to provide membership dues.  Activities and projects of the RC&D Council are based on input from citizens and board members. Priorities were defined in the Strategic Plan and a major part of the Council’s priority efforts in this last year has been on survival. Continue reading

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