Chris Helzer


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Chris Helzer is an ecologist and Eastern Nebraska Program director for The Nature Conservancy. He supervises the management and restoration of approximately 5,000 acres of land in central and eastern Nebraska—primarily along the central Platte River. Helzer is also the author of “The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States,” published by the University of Iowa Press. Read more from him at


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