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


Press Release: Henry “Rick” Brandt New Chairman of the Nebraska Environmental Trust Board


Lincoln, NE –July 31, 2014– Henry “Rick” Brandt of Roca was recently elected Chairman of the Nebraska Environmental Trust Board during the July 18, 2014 Board Meeting held in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. A board member from the state’s first congressional district, Rick has served on the Environmental Trust’s Board since March 2013.

Commenting on his recent appointment, Mr. Brandt said, “I am so honored to serve on the Trust Board as Chairman and am looking forward to working with a dynamic group of individuals. This past year, we all have witnessed the benefits of lottery proceeds being used for the good of the environment all across the State of Nebraska. We will continue with this mission for all Nebraskans to enjoy.”

Rick has a degree in Music and a minor in Wildlife management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Post Graduate degree in Music Performance from Hartt School of Music in 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 is also one of the four founders and current President of the Nebraska Big Game Society. He and his wife Sharon have worked on many projects for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in land purchases, easements and big game monitoring.

His passion is riding his mule, Trax, tracking sheep at Fort Robinson State Park in Northwest Nebraska and riding in 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.

The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Trust has provided grants in excess of $221 million to more than 1,600 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.

Rick Brandt

Rick, with his wife Sharon.
(Mule – Trax and Dog - Chip)