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Game and Parks to Offer Two Free Workshops for Educators

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Project WILD program is now accepting registrations for two free workshops for educators. A workshop focused on birds will take place on July 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hastings Museum in Hastings. Nebraska is home to more than 450 species of birds. Birds can be found in nearly every kind of habitat in Nebraska and are also easy to see and fun to watch. For these and other …

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Accessible fishing features added at Duck Lake on Valentine NWR

LINCOLN – Anglers and other visitors to Duck Lake on the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge will notice some improvements this summer. A handicap-accessible parking pad and walkway were completed earlier this year. The walkway leads to an accessible fishing dock that was put in place several years ago. The Sandhills Prairie Refuge Association, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service all contributed both time and funding to the project. “Nebraska Game and Parks and …

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Family Fun Planned at Steel Plate Challenge Fun Shoot on July 16

LINCOLN – Shooters of all ages and experience levels are invited to learn, have fun and try out their skills at Platte River State Park’s (SP) Steel Plate Challenge Fun Shoot on July 16. The event will include expert instruction for shooters and friendly competition. Participants will be timed as they take aim at steel plates set at distances of 20 feet to 30 yards. Families and those new to shooting are encouraged to participate. All equipment will be provided. …

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Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Meets in McCook

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission heard an update on the Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala Master Plan during its meeting June 17 in McCook. The meeting took place in Room 213 of McMillen Hall at McCook Community College, 1205 East 3rd St. Commissioners heard about the Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala Master Plan, the role and input by the plan’s advisory committee, an update on public input received during a June 1 informational meeting, and the next steps in the process. …

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Health Advisory in Effect at Harlan County Reservoir, Lifted at Pawnee Lake

LINCOLN – A health advisory is in effect at Harlan County Reservoir in Harlan County after high levels of toxic blue-green algae were detected earlier this week. Meanwhile, a health advisory has been lifted at Pawnee Lake in Lancaster County. The elevated algae levels at Harlan County Reservoir were detected during testing by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ). During this same round of testing, blue-green algae levels at Pawnee Lake were shown to have dropped to normal levels. …

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Hamburg Bend WMA Closed to Target Shooting

LINCOLN – Hamburg Bend Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Otoe County has been closed to target shooting effective immediately. The closure comes at the request of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the property, as well the Sanitary Improvement District #1, which manages the Missouri River levee on this site. Target shooting is prohibited because of safety concerns for neighboring landowners and area users, as well as erosion of the river levee. Target shooting is permitted on WMAs …

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Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Meets in McCook

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission heard an update on the Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala Master Plan during its meeting June 17 in McCook. The meeting took place in Room 213 of McMillen Hall at McCook Community College, 1205 East 3rd St. Commissioners heard about the Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala Master Plan, the role and input by the plan’s advisory committee, an update on public input received during a June 1 informational meeting, and the next steps in the process. …

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Two Rivers SRA Announces New Summer Speaker Series

LINCOLN – Learn about leather working, bats, raptors and Teddy Roosevelt during a new speaker series this summer at Two Rivers State Recreation Area (SRA).  Programs will take place evenings during June, July and August. All programs are family-friendly and offered free-of-charge to park visitors.  Programs scheduled for this summer are: June 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.:  Tandy Leather will give a presentation on the variety of uses of leather, as well as on how to make products from leather. At the …

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Handgun Class for Women Set for June 25

LINCOLN – Women can learn more about using .22 caliber handguns at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park’s (SHP) free Basic Handgun Class for Women. Set for June 25, the class will cover gun handling safety, types of handguns, and shooting grip, stance and sight alignment. The class will conclude with a Q&A session and range time. Equipment is provided, and registration closes on June 18. Fort Hartsuff SHP is located 10 miles southeast of Burwell. A park entry permit is required …

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Nebraska Game and Parks Accepting 2016 Trail Grant Applications

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is accepting recreational trail grant applications for fiscal year 2016 funding. The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a grant program through the Federal Highway Administration that reimburses political subdivisions such as communities, counties and natural resources districts up to 80 percent of project costs for trail acquisition, development, renovation and support facilities. Applicants must have the financial means to undertake and maintain the project and all funding should be on hand. This …

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