Middle Niobrara NRD Office at Sunrise


The Natural Resources District, NRD, is a unique system built to conserve, sustain, and improve natural resources and the environment.  In 1972, NRD’s were developed per watershed basins, instead of by political boundaries.  This system provided a more efficient management strategy, solving the issues of overlapping authorities and lack of funds.  Each District is governed by a locally elected Board of Directors, which ensures that local issues and concerns are addressed.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors are dictated from 6 subdistricts plus one member at large.  Every two years different sub districts hold an election, leading to a director carrying a term for four years.  

Subdistricts are divided based on population for proper representation; to be considered a person must be a registered voter, submit a letter of desire, and reside in the sub district needing appointment.  Monthly meetings are held to sufficiently discuss and manage resources.

Tim Nollette, Chairman, Kilgore, NE / 2021 - Present
Justin Hammond, Valentine, NE / 2011 - Present
Leonard Danielski, Valentine, NE / 2010 - Present
Cherryl Lovejoy, Treasurer, Valentine, NE / 2003 - Present
Greg Wilke, Ainsworth, NE / 2009 - Present
Marty Graff, Vice-Chairman, Ainsworth, NE / 1995 - Present
Dean Jochem, Ainsworth, NE / 2003 - Present


Administrative Assistant
Rick Joseph, mnnrd@mnnrd.org
Watershed Coordinator
Chandler Schmidt, cschmidt@mnnrd.org
Natural Resources Technician
Kyle Temple, ktemple@mnnrd.org
Natural Resources Technician
James Battershaw, jbattershaw@mnnrd.org