Connecting People 
With Nature

Wildlife, People, and Food Production:

A Bold Vision for the Future

by Chuck Francis, Ali Loker, and Wally Graeber — University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Thursday, August 13, 7:00 p.m.

via Zoom web conference (registration required)

Link to register:

Wachiska will continue to offer free monthly general meetings via Zoom for the foreseeable future as they have proven to be successful the first three months we have done so. Registration is required at the link above which can be copied and pasted directly into your browser. You can also visit Wachiska’s website and click on this link directly to register. You will receive a confirmation with the meeting number and password for this Thursday, August 13, program at 7:00 p.m.


Wachiska Past President and active chapter member Chuck Francis and two colleagues will explore how wildlife populations, human pressure on habitat, and the need for increased food are tied together. These compelling issues will require innovative solutions for the long term, while we struggle in the moment to solve the COVID-19 crisis. Birds and other wildlife species are losing habitat as we use land to meet human demands. Industrial agriculture removes diversity and supports a food system that produces a handful of commodity crops, a fraction of which are transformed into highly processed, cheap, and non-nutritious foods. We import 90 percent of the food we consume in Nebraska. Too often our most fertile soils are used for building houses with acres of lawns and creating new shopping malls in suburbia to replace others considered obsolete. This unsustainable land management strategy is costly to human health, destroys a balance between people and nature, and contributes significantly to climate change. As we encroach on wildlife habitats, the potential for pathogens to evolve and infect humans increases.

Chuck Francis is professor of agronomy and horticulture at UN-L where Ali Loker is a graduate student in the Doctor of Plant Health Program. Wally Graeber is a local food advocate on the boards of Open Harvest, Southern Heights Food Forest, and the Nebraska Sustainable Ag Society. He is also a co-leader of the Slow Food Network USA.

August Calendar of Events


August 3          Education Committee 

                        Wachiska Office, 6:00 p.m. 

August 10        Conservation Committee, 5:30 p.m.

                        via Zoom (check with Chairman)

August 11         Finance Committee

                         via Zoom, 5:30 p.m.


August 13         General Meeting video Zoom 7:00 p.m.                                  (note required registration)

                         "Wildlife, People and Food Production"

August 15         Newsletter deadline, Wachiska office,

                         5:00 p.m.

August 18         Board Meeting via Zoom teleconference,

                         7:00 p.m. (contact Theresa Pella for

                         meeting/password if you’re not a Board

                         member and want to attend)

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The photos on this website were taken by Wachiska members. Many thanks to Bruce Wendorff, 

Linda Brown, Paul Johnsguard, Tim Knott, Stu Luttich, John Carlini and Elizabeth Nelson. 

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