Julie Ellingson, NDSA exec. dir.
(Julie Ellingson) - The North Dakota Stockmen's Association (NDSA)
and North Dakota Stockmen's Foundation (NDSF) are extending support
to their cattle-ranching neighbors in Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and
Colorado who suffered catastrophic losses in horrific wildfires that
swept the Southern Plains earlier this month.
conditions and extreme wind were a deadly combination in the four
states, burning millions of acres, thousands of animals, hay
reserves, fences and homes. The fires also injured and even claimed
the lives of some as they worked to evacuate their livestock and get
them out of harm's way.
hearts go out to those who suffered through these devastating
wildfires," said NDSA President Warren Zenker, a cow-calf
producer and feeder from Gackle, N.D. "We want them to know that
they are not alone; the cattle-ranching community is here for them."
non-profit organizations have pledged $15,000 of their own to the
relief efforts in the impacted states.
and NDSF have also established the "Rising from the Ashes"
Wildfire Disaster Relief Program as a means to connect individuals
who want to provide their own financial support with those ranch
families who are in need. People who want to help can send checks to
the NDSF at 407 S. 2nd St., Bismarck, ND 58504 with "Rising from
the Ashes" written in the memo. The NDSA and NDSF will compile
these financial gifts and work with the respective cattlemen's
organizations in the impacted states to distribute 100 percent of the
money raised to the victims.
is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, so gifts can be deducted for
income tax purposes.
hard to imagine what our fellow ranchers are going through after the
fires scorched their land, their livestock and their dreams,"
said Bowman, N.D., rancher Steve Brooks, the NDSF president. "We
cannot undo what has happened to them, but what we can hopefully do
is rekindle their hope and help them recover from this disaster."
information about the "Rising from the Ashes" Wildfire
Disaster Relief Program, call (701) 223-2522 or visit