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The Nebraska League of Conservation Voters (NLCV) works to ensure the sustainable use of Nebraska’s natural resources through electoral work and issue advocacy. A non-profit, non-partisan organization, the NLCV promotes environmental stewardship across Nebraska. We hold Nebraska's elected officials accountable for their votes and actions, and elect pro-conservation candidates who will champion our priority issues. The NLCV is focused on issues relating to reliable and renewable energy, water quality and supply, land stewardship, sustainable communities and good government.

The NLCV is a 501(c)(4) organization under the rules of the I.R.S., and cannot receive tax-deductible contributions.  

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Being a member of NLCV means being the reason why Nebraska’s natural resources are preserved for future generations. Our members help keep those in office accountable through engagement in the democratic process.

Become part of the engine that drives conservation issues into the heart of Nebraska electoral politics. We need your support, energy and passion for Nebraska. 


Eliot Bostar, Executive Director

Eliot Bostar has served as special advisor in the Governor’s Office, under New York Governor David Paterson. Bostar has been a campaign manager and has worked as staff on campaigns at the national, state, and local level. Bostar is driven by the belief that people have the ability to make the world a better place through working together. He was drawn to the Nebraska League of Conservation Voters because conservation is an issue that can unite people, and there is potential to make real change in the way Nebraska utilizes its natural resources through education, engagement and action.

Chelsea Johnson, Deputy Director

Chelsea Johnson worked as a community organizer and has years of experience in the non-profit sector. She is passionate about public service. Johnson is a strong believer in the power people have to make a difference, and believes her work with the Nebraska League of Conservation Voters will help Nebraskans bring about the change they would like to see in the way Nebraska conserves its natural resources.

Chelsea has worked for the National Conference of State Legislatures, Nebraskans for Civic Reform, Bold Nebraska and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Rural Development. Chelsea is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Margo Hamilton, Director of Membership and Operations

Margo Hamilton has worked with non-profits and political organizations in Nebraska for years, and is the owner of her own private counseling practice. She and her husband are the owners of Hamilton Heritage Farm, a small, sustainable farm located outside of Ceresco.  She has a strong sense of duty both to the well-being of Nebraska as well as to the health of democracy. Hamilton believes that the NLCV has potential to grow the number of voices speaking up for the conservation of Nebraska’s natural resources.

Margo is a native Nebraskan and holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master’s Degree in counseling from Doane College-Lincoln.

Toni Jafferis, Special Events Coordinator and Membership

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Dale Gubbels, President of the Board

Mr. Gubbels has devoted his professional career to recycling, beginning in the early 1980's with the Nebraska State Recycling Association. He served on the National Recycling Coalition board for ten years, serving two terms as its president. Gubbels is now CEO and Chairman of Firstar Fiber, Inc., a commercial recycling operation in its 10th year in Omaha. Dale and his wife Mary are graduates of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and reside in Papillion. 

Duane Hovorka, Vice-President/Secretary

Duane Hovorka is a lifelong Nebraskan, living on a small farm near Murdock with his wife and sons. Hovorka earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science, with minors in history and business administration. He served as a legislative aide in the Nebraska Unicameral, and then spent 12 years at Union Pacific Railroad as a public policy analyst. He is currently a consultant to the National Wildlife Federation, and a member of the Governance Committee of the Platte River Cooperative Agreement. 

Wes Sheets, Treasurer

Wes Sheets is a founding member of the Nebraska League of Conservation Voters. He grew up on a farm in Kansas. After studying at Kansas State, he came to Nebraska for a career in natural resource management as a Fisheries Scientist working for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Sheets rose to Assistant Director for Wildlife of the Commission before retiring. He is active in many wildlife organizations serving in various capacities such as the national board of directors for the Izaak Walton League. His primary interests are the future of our renewable natural resources and education of succeeding generations.    

Mike Ayars

R. Michael Ayars is the President of Ayars & Ayars, Inc. in Lincoln, NE.  Mike is a graduate from Lincoln Northeast High School and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  As President of Ayars & Ayars, Inc., Mike is responsible for the oversight of the operations of the firm and it's subsidiaries with special emphasis on pre-construction services, sales, marketing and project team development.  Ayars & Ayars, Inc. is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and boasts ten LEED accredited professionals, combining their knowledge with the firm's focus on design-build project delivery affirms Mike's commitment to providing ecologically sound and economically viable building solutions.

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The Nebraska League of Conservation Voters was created in 2002 by volunteers to work for the passage of laws that would protect wildlife, water quality, clean air and promote recycling. In 2006, we published our first voter guides, and opened our office in 2007.

The NLCV works at the state, county and local levels across Nebraska. The Nebraska League is a member of a federation of state organizations, coordinated through the National League of Conservation Voters. We are guided by a board of directors who all reside in the state, and our legislative policy is decided by Nebraskans working for Nebraska interests.

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    Volunteer Opportunities

    The Nebraska League of Conservation Voters offers many opportunities to help shape Nebraska's natural resources laws.
    Please contact us if you have a few hours a week to get involved!