Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell is an assistant professor of practice in the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is also a 47-year veteran of public media, 45 of which have been spent in the production and management of documentaries about the culture, history and environment of Nebraska and the Great Plains. Farrell teamed up with award winning nature photographer Michael Forsberg to bring his award winning Great Plains – America’s Lingering Wild to the national and international public television audience. The documentary premiered in November 2012 as a co-production of NET Television and Michael Forsberg Photography and is in distribution via PBS. During their long hours spent driving throughout the Plains, Farrell and Forsberg generated the ideas behind the Platte Basin Timelapse Project. Farrell, also an accomplished photographer, has had his work appear in Nebraska History magazine and NEBRASKAland Magazine as well as the University of Oklahoma published book “Scenery, Curiosities, and Stupendous rocks: William Quesenbury’s Overland Sketches, 1850-1851.”

Michael's Work

It is Spring 1975. It is just coming on dawn at Crow Dog’s place on the White River. I am trying to get some sleep after being up for the last two nights. I am laying on the frosty grass half tucked in under my Chevrolet Vega wrapped in a sleeping bag – but the […]

____________________________________ Cheesman Dam At the end of the 19th century Denver was reaching the half-century mark. By 1900, the former mining camp founded in 1858 at the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River had grown to 130,000. Denver’s early efforts at providing safe and reliable water first depended on water taken directly […]

We all know that water flows downhill, seeking its own level, flowing to the sea. Water is a primary force shaping our planet and environment. It will erode rock, move soil, and, in its frozen form as glaciers, sculpt mountains, valleys, and plains. I’ve been traveling upstream on the North Platte River through western Nebraska, […]

Just to the north of my hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, is a patch of undisturbed tallgrass prairie, one of the largest of the few remaining remnants of an ecosystem that once covered the eastern reaches of the Platte River Basin. Since 1983 this 230-acre tract has been owned by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, but university […]