Partners for Conservation convened its annual meeting and February board meeting February 6 and 7 in Dallas, Texas. During the meeting, a new director was added to the Board! Shelly Kelly of Sutherland, Nebraska runs a ranch with husband Dan, is the Program Director for the Sandhills Task Force, and is a new mom as well! During the meeting, two directors–Russell Davis and Jim Faulstich –were elected to new three-year terms, and officers for 2018 were elected.
Officers for 2018 are Jim Stone (MT), Chairman; Terry Mansfield (WA), Vice Chairman; Russell Davis (CO), Treasurer; Shelly Kelly (NE), Secretary; Reese Thompson (GA), East Regional Representative; Jim Faulstich (SD), Central Regional Representative; and Jay Tanner (UT), West Regional Representative. Also, three board apprentices were selected for 2018: Sam Barrick (OK), Jim Bob Collins (OR), and Tom McAvoy (CT).
During the February board meeting, the directors approved the 2018 annual work plan, having approved the 2018 budget in January. At the conclusion of the meeting, Texas director Gary Price hosted a field trip. Participants visited his operation in the Blackland Prairie landscape near Blooming Grove, Texas southeast of Dallas where he is restoring native prairie in support of his cattle grazing and outdoor recreation operations. Thanks to Gary and Sue Price for being our local hosts this year!