I am an ecologist and program director for The Nature Conservancy. I’m responsible for the management and restoration of about 5,000 acres of Conservancy-owned land in central and eastern Nebraska – mostly along the central Platte River. In addition, much of my time is devoted to developing, testing, and exporting techniques for prairie management and restoration. To that end, I conduct a lot of research – both formal and informal – on how prairies function and how we as managers can help maintain that function and diversity.
I spend a lot of time photographing prairies and their inhabitants. My photos can be frequently be seen in publications and on websites of The Nature Conservancy. I’m also a frequent contributor of text and photos to NEBRASKAland magazine.
I’m the author of a recent book entitled “The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States”, published by the University of Iowa Press. http://www.uiowapress.org/books/2010-spring/helzer.htm
I live in Aurora, Nebraska – right on the edge of tallgrass and mixed-grass prairie. My wife and I have three children and live in a old house built in 1918. We can’t imagine living or raising our children anywhere else.