Sheila Johnson
Public Information Officer, Nebraska Environmental Trust
Phone: (402) 471-5409
Fax: (402) 471-8233

Press Release: Henry Rick Brandt Named To Environmental Trust Board

Lincoln, NE – March 21, 2013 - The Nebraska Environmental Trust is pleased to announce that Henry Rick Brandt has been named to the board by Governor Dave Heineman in succession of Mr. Vincent Kramper of Dakota City. Mr. Brandt was born in Beatrice and was raised on a farm by his parents Henry and Lorene. He has been the CEO of Brandt Excavating since 1993.

Rick has a degree in Music and a minor in Wildlife management, and a Post Graduate degree in Music Performance from Hartford Conn. and New York City. For seven years, he held the position of Chairman for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for Nebraska. He is a contributor and supporter of Ducks Unlimited, White Tails and the Turkey Federation. He and his wife Sharon have worked on many projects for the Nebraska Game and Parks in land purchases, easements and big game monitoring.

His passion is riding his mule, Trax, tracking sheep at Fort Robinson in North West Nebraska and riding the Yellowstone country with his wife Sharon.

The Trust Board is comprised of 14 members representing the State of Nebraska and its citizens. Nine citizen representatives are appointed by the Governor to serve six year terms. Three representatives are chosen from each congressional district, serve without pay and represent a wide variety of natural resource interests. Five agency directors make up the remaining seats on the board to provide coordination with existing state resources. A staff of five handles the day-to-day activities of the organization.

Mark Brohman, Executive Director of the Trust said, “We are pleased to have Mr. Brandt join the board and bring his knowledge and love of the outdoors.” 

The Trust was established in 1992 and has funded more than $195 million to 1,500 projects across the state. Anyone – citizens, organizations, communities, farmers and businesses – can apply for projects involving habitat, surface and ground water, waste management, air quality and soil management in Nebraska.  The Nebraska Environmental Trust works to preserve, protect and restore our natural resources for future generations.

For more information, you may contact Ms. Sheila Johnson at 402- 471-1714.