Governor presents conservation award

By: Lauren Fabrizi

In honor of Earth Day, Gov. Dave Heineman and Nebraska Cattlemen are recognizing a couple who has done an exceptional job taking care of their land.

Duane and Nancy Pelster of Ericson celebrate six generations on their ranch. When they married in 1961, they began ranching with Nancy's father.

Since then, it's been their goal to take care of the land as best they could. Now, they're passing down those values to their children and grandchildren.

They were awarded the 2014 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award Friday.

“I think there's a lot of other people who do the same thing, there's a lot of conservationists out there,” Duane said. “I think we just need to bring it to the public's eye.”

“It's families like theirs that make a real difference,” Heineman said. “And I can assure you they represent so many Nebraskans across our state who do this because it's the right thing to do.”

Duane and Nancy have been awarded $10,000 and a Leopold crystal. They plan to put the money toward their ranch.