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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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Meat Processors May Apply for Hunters Helping the Hungry

LINCOLN – Meat processors have until July 20 to apply for participation in the 2016 Hunters Helping the Hungry program, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. This program provides ground venison to Nebraskans in need. The application form and program guidelines are available at OutdoorNebraska.gov/HHH. Scroll down to Participating Processors and then click on “apply.” The Commission will accept applications for participation in any of Nebraska’s 2016 deer hunting seasons. The Commission will contact eligible applicants by Aug. …

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Commission Stresses Park Visitors Should Restrict Firewood Movement Following EAB Confirmation

LINCOLN – Now that the presence of the invasive emerald ash borer (EAB) has been confirmed in Nebraska, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission emphasizes that campers should continue to restrict the movement of firewood to prevent the spread of EAB throughout the state. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture on June 8 confirmed the presence of the EAB in Omaha’s Pulaski Park. EAB is a tree-killing beetle native to Asia. It can move from state to state in firewood. As …

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Nebraska Game and Parks Biologist Named Ducks Unlimited Wetland Manager of the Year

LINCOLN – Warren Schwanebeck, a fish and wildlife biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, has been named wetland manager of the year by Ducks Unlimited. Schwanebeck was recognized for his work at Wilkinson Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Platte County, where he oversaw a large wetland restoration project that was the result of a partnership with many different agencies. This spring, three endangered whooping cranes spent 12 days on those wetlands during a stopover on their spring migration. …

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Nebraska Game and Parks Sharing User-Submitted Instagram Photos

LINCOLN – Have you snapped some photos while enjoying a Nebraska state park, historical park or recreation area lately? Your shots could be displayed on the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission website. “We want to show people the fun things you can do and see at a Nebraska state park, and what better way to do that than through photos?” said Nebraska Game and Parks Marketing and Advertising Manager Jane Gustafson. “We encourage you to share your photos with us.” …

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Director’s Cup Archery Tournament Set for June 5 at Outdoor Education Center

LINCOLN – Archers of all skill levels are invited to complete in the inaugural Nebraska Game and Parks Director’s Cup on June 5. The outdoor archery tournament begins at 8 a.m. and will be held at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center at 4703 N. 44th St. in Lincoln. Participants will be able to compete in one of six divisions, which include a division for ages 12 and younger and a championship division for ages 18 and older. …

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