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Collector’s edition of Nebraskaland hits newsstands

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LINCOLN, Neb. — A special collector’s edition of Nebraskaland Magazine now is available for purchase on newsstands and online. The edition, triple the average magazine size, celebrates the Nebraska state park system, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Packed inside the glossy magazine are features on the parks people know and love; tips for sought-after outdoor activities, outdoor cooking recipes and special memories from Michael Forsberg — who at one time worked for the Nebraska Game and Parks …

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Lake Minatare SRA reopens to the public

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Lake Minatare State Recreation Area has reopened to the public, effective immediately. The recreation area, home to the Panhandle’s largest body of water, recently was closed after a waterfowl die-off was reported March 12. Staff immediately responded, began collecting the birds and sent some to be tested for cause of death. The lab results received March 26 indicated the cause of the event was of low risk to public health. All of the dead waterfowl, primarily Canada …

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Nebraska Game and Parks Director Douglas announces plan for retirement

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The director of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission recently informed the agency Commissioners he intends to retire this November. Director Jim Douglas said, “In April of this year, I will have served as director for nine years of my nearly 47-year career with the Commission. I want to provide extensive advance notice of my retirement to ensure the Commission has more than ample time to develop and exercise a robust recruitment and hiring process for my …

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Camping reservations required for Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Starting this summer, all campers will need a reservation to stay overnight at campgrounds and beach areas at Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala state recreation areas during the peak season. The new reservation system will be in place starting in late April for the May 21 to Sept. 12 season. The rollout is part of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s implementation of the Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala Master Plan, a five-phase plan to address management of the …

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Improved camping tops list of west-central Nebraska park investments

New New playground equipment at Johnson Lake State Recreation Area's main campground was installed in 2020.

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — Improvements to west-central Nebraska state recreation areas are giving park guests more areas to camp, enjoy and recreate. Last year, 64 basic campsites were designated and developed for improved user experience at the popular campground at Lake Maloney’s outlet, with picnic tables and grills installed at each site. A new fire pit area also was completed as an Eagle Scout project. Sutherland Reservoir received 23 new, modern camping pads with 20-, 30-, and 50-amp service and …

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Lake Minatare closed to the public until further notice

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Lake Minatare State Recreation Area is closed to the public until further notice after a waterfowl die-off was reported to Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on March 12. Staff immediately responded and are collecting the waterfowl, which will be tested for cause of death. A winter storm also is expected to affect the area over the weekend. Lake Minatare is the Panhandle’s largest body of water and serves as a stopover location for migratory fowl, including Canada …

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Prescribed fires scheduled for Mahoney State Park through May

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Prescribed fires will be conducted at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park in Cass County from March 15 through the end of May, as conditions allow. These fires are part of an ongoing oak woodland restoration project and will help control the spread of invasive plants. Exact dates of the burns, to be conducted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, will depend on the weather. Affected trails and roads in portions of the park will be marked …

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Victoria Springs gets spruced up in time for centennial celebration

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — Visitors to Victoria Springs, Nebraska’s first state recreation area, will enjoy upgrades at this oasis in the Sandhills just in time for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission parks system centennial celebration. Recent improvements mean campers will have 50-amp electrical service at 21 new camping sites. Additional basic camping sites are available on the south end of the campground. Later this spring, two new concrete latrines also will be installed to enhance the shower house and …

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Survey seeks input on Game and Parks’ educational programming

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking input from underserved audiences on its educational programming. The survey, available online at OutdoorNebraska.org/communitysurvey, is targeted toward Nebraskans who do not regularly use Game and Parks educational opportunities. The survey is offered in four languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese, and is open through April 30, 2021. Game and Parks regularly offers educational programming on science, natural resources, historical and cultural resources, as well as outdoor recreation skills, for a …

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Share your favorite Nebraska state park experiences on social

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Every person and every state park has a story to tell, and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wants yours. With the parks system centennial year underway, we want to hear your best and unforgettable experiences. Your epic camping fails. Your firsts: time on a horse, ski attempt, wildlife encounter or living history adventure. We want to hear your sentimental memories and your “never again” moments experienced at one of Nebraska’s 78 state park areas or trails. …

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