upcoming events

Keep informed about upcoming events.  Check out our site often to keep up on opportunities to have your voice heard.  

Be heard and make a difference!



Please contact the following with your concerns:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services

Director-U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Contact Information:
202 208-4717
FAX: 202 208-6965

Mailing Address:

Location Address:
1849 C STREET NW, ROOM 3358

Depart of the Interior Secretary

Mailing Address:
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240

Phone (with employee directory): (202) 208-3100

Office of Public Affairs

Office: (703) 358-2220
Fax: (703) 358-1930 
5275 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA

  • Gavin Shire - Chief, Office of Public Affairs

  • (Management and daily operations, Budget)
    Email: Gavin_Shire@fws.gov

  • Office: (703) 358-2649

  • Cell: (703) 346-9123

  • Laury Parramore - Assistant Chief, Office of Public Affairs

  • (International Affairs, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, Native American issues, monarch butterfly, hunting and fishing)
    Email: Laury_Parramore@fws.gov
    Office: (703) 358-2541
    Cell: (703) 589-6947

  • Vanessa Kauffman - Public Affairs Specialist 
    (National Wildlife Refuge System policies and regulations, migratory birds, ESA policies, public lands, Wolf)
    Email: Vanessa_Kauffman@fws.gov
    Office: (703) 358-2138
    Cell: (571) 319-6342

  • Brian Hires - Public Affairs Specialist 
    (Endangered Species Act domestic listings and critical habitat, prairie-chicken, wetlands, climate change, Coastal Barrier Resources Act)
    Office: (703) 358-2191

  • Christina Meister - Public Affairs Specialist 
    (Law Enforcement and wildlife trafficking issues, Endangered Species Act domestic listings and critical habitat, ESA foreign species, Natural Resources Damage Assessment and Restoration Program, grizzly, polar bear and sage-grouse)

  • email: Christina_Meister@fws.gov

  • Office: (703) 358-2284

  • Ivan Vicente - Public Affairs Specialist 
    (Fisheries and Aquatic Conservation, Urban Refuge Program, Urban Bird Treaty Program, monarch butterfly, public lands)
    Email: Ivan_Vicente@fws.gov
    Office: (703) 358-1730 


Thomas County and Cherry County

Thomas County Commissioners meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month.

Cherry County Commissioners meet the 2nd and last Tuesday of every month.


community fundraising

In an effort to raise money to support our cause, Otto Buechle ( also known as Mike) of Valentine, Nebraska, has donated, at manufacturer cost, a bronze statue, as shown above, called "NOT IN OUR SANDHILLS" by the Artist, Art Meyers. This one of a kind bronze stands 19" tall and weighs 29 lbs. and is valued at $3,600.

For every $100 donated, your name will go into a drawing, and once sufficient monies are raised, we will have a live drawing announcing the lucky winner. All donors, large and small, will get their name on a plaque on this iconic bronze.

While we know you would willingly give without this potential gift, we feel this iconic piece of art represents the fight we have on our hands to prevent wind turbines and the R line from invading and taking over the Sandhills.

In addition, all of those who donate, will receive a coin medallion that signifies that you helped Save and Preserve the Sandhills.



Cherry County Commissioners


Keep up on regular meetings and happenings for our area.  You will find meeting agendas and meeting minutes here as well as contact information for the Cherry County Commissioners.  Their usual meeting date is the 2nd and last Tuesday of each month.  Be an active part of your community and attend these meetings to be aware of the happenings in your community.

http://www.co.cherry.ne.us/webpages/board/ board_members.html


Cherry county planning and zoning board


Be informed about the Comprehensive Plan, Permit Applications, Zoning Regulations, meeting agendas and minutes that affect your community.  

http://www.co.cherry.ne.us/webpages/ planning_zoning/planning_zoning.html

Please also keep in mind surrounding counties: Blaine, Grant, Hooker, Thomas, Logan.  These can be found online or CONTACT US and we will gladly forward the information to you!


check out our store and go fund me page!


Support our cause and check out our store: http://www.cafepress.com/Preservethesandhills