Sheila Johnson
Public Information Officer, Nebraska Environmental Trust
Phone: (402) 471-5409
Fax: (402) 471-8233


Media Advisory: Jim Stuart Jr. of Lincoln appointed to Nebraska Environmental Trust Board


Lincoln, NE –August 8, 2008– The Nebraska Environmental Trust is proud to announce the recent appointment of Mr. James Stuart Jr. to the Trust Board. The Trust Board is comprised of 14 members representing the State of Nebraska and its citizens. Nine citizen representatives are appointed by the Governor to serve six year terms. Three representatives are chosen from each congressional district, serve without pay and represent a wide variety of natural resource interests. Mark Brohman, Executive Director or the Trust said, “We are very excited to have Mr. Stuart join the board.  He is a very successful business man and has a true passion for the state and our natural resources.”  “The Stuart family has been very generous to Nebraska with their time and resources.”

Commenting on his recent appointment, Mr. Stuart said, “I am honored to be appointed to serve on the Nebraska Environmental Trust Board.  I’m looking forward to making a contribution to this entity and the State of Nebraska. I love Nebraska and I’m grateful for this opportunity to serve in this capacity.”

Mr. Stuart is currently the managing director of Cardinal Management LLC.  Much of his career was spent as the CEO of First Commerce Bancshares, a $3 billion multi-bank holding company headquartered in Lincoln, which was sold to Wells Fargo in 2000.  He has broad experience serving on boards, including health care, natural resources, economic development, higher education and the arts.  Having served on or affiliated with Nebraska Human Resources Foundation, University of Nebraska Foundation, YMCA, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Nebraska Council of Economic Education, Downtown Lincoln Association, Economic Policy Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, First Plymouth Congressional Church, The Nature Conservancy, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Foundation, U.S. National Forest Foundation Board and many more organizations. 

Five agency directors make up the remaining seats on the board to provide coordination with existing state resources. A staff of five handles the day-to-day activities of the organization.

The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992.  Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Trust has provided grants to over 1,135 projects across the state.  Anyone – citizens, organizations, communities, farmers and businesses – can apply for projects involving habitat, surface and ground water, waste management, air quality and soil management in Nebraska.  The Nebraska Environmental Trust works to preserve, protect and restore our natural resources for future generations.