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A Mega Meeting

Yesterday, we had one our Southeast Regional/District Mega Meetings of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission at Platte River State Park’s Mallet Lodge near Louisville. Monthly meetings (some with work integration) are held within each of the four districts the agency has. The mega meeting is held twice a year in the Commission’s Southeast District where all Game and Parks Commission staffers within or even outside of the region come to hear presentations on cutting edge, timely topics, get updates on programs and projects, ask questions, swap ideas, plus seek additional assistance on events or work efforts. Now, I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m not particularly fond of meetings (that’s an understatement, actually), however, I enjoy the district and mega meetings we have in the Southeast! Here are a few of the presenters and their topics from yesterday.

Roger Kuhn of Parks Division gives opening remarks and a parks update.
Pat Molini of Wildlife Division talks on urban wildlife.

Update on the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle from the USDA.
Outdoor Education's Jeff Rawlinson answers questions about new shooting range developments.

What’s great about these mega meetings is the staff interaction and to be able to meet new faces in the Game and Parks family.

Welcome Dylan McCaugherty our new Interactive Digital Media Manager at Game and Parks (left) with Pat Engelhard (right) from our Communications Division.

What’s also neat is the opportunity to visit with others while enjoying a fun outdoor activity at the conclusion of the indoor session of the mega meetings like kayaking and canoeing on the scenic Platte River which we did yesterday.

I truly love my job and the dedicated, passionate people I work with in the Game and Parks family! If only my buddy Eric Fowler of the Commission’s NEBRASKAland Magazine would stop shooting pics of me, darn it! “Get off the sandbar, put  your life jacket back on, and take pics of others, Big E, not me!”


About greg wagner

A native of Gretna, NE, a graduate of Gretna High School and Bellevue University, Greg Wagner currently serves as the Public Information Officer and Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Service Center in Omaha. On a weekly basis, Wagner can be heard on a number of radio stations, seen on local television in Omaha, and on social media channels, creatively conveying natural resource conservation messages as well as promoting outdoor activities and destinations in Nebraska. Wagner, whose career at Game and Parks began in 1979, walks, talks, lives, breathes and blogs about Nebraska’s outdoors. He grew up in rural Gretna, building forts in the woods, hunting, fishing, collecting leaves, and generally thriving on constant outdoor activity. One of the primary goals of his blog is to get people, especially young ones, to have fun and spend time outside!

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