New officers were elected during the March Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) Board meeting. Terry Martin from the Upper Republican Natural Resources District (UPNRD) was elected President. Martin has served 14 years on the URNRD Board and currently is board chair, and has served seven years as an NARD Board representative. Martin previously held the Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer positions.
“I’m looking forward to serving as the President for the state association. This provides a great opportunity to help protect the future of Nebraska’s natural resources,” Martin said.
The NARD Board elected Jim Bendfeldt from the Central Platte NRD (CPNRD) to the Vice President position. Bendfeldt has been a member of the CPNRD Board for ten years and is currently the board Vice-Chairman. In 2011, Bendfeldt was awarded the NARD Director of the Year. Currently, Bendfeldt serves on the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program Board as a land acquisition member and previously held the associations Secretary/Treasurer position.
Larry Reynolds from Tri Basin NRD (TBNRD) was elected Secretary/Treasurer. Reynolds has been a member of the TBNRD Board for 29 years and served in the United State Air Force for eight years and in the Nebraska Air National Guard for 18 years. Reynolds currently farms and helps manage a cow/calf operation near Lexington.
The officers serve on the NARD executive committee along with chairs from the Information and Education committee, Legislature committee and the past NARD Board President. Martin re-appointed Jim Johnson from South Platte NRD as chair of the Information and Education committee and Jim Meismer as chair of the Legislative and Government Affairs committee. Joe Anderjaska will continue to serve on the executive committee as the past NARD Board President. The NARD board consists of representation from each of the local 23 NRDs. The board members meet five times throughout the year and help guide the Association and the NRDs in decision making that protects lives, protect property and protects the future of Nebraska’s natural resources.
At the March Managers meeting Mike Clements, General Manager of the Lower Republican NRD, was elected Chair of the Managers Committee and Pat O’Brien, General Manager of the Upper Niobrara White NRD, was elected Vice-Chair of the Managers Committee.