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BOW participants invited to celebrate 30th anniversary

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Participants, volunteers and instructors of the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Nebraska are invited to the 30th anniversary celebration Saturday, Oct. 9 at Platte River State Park. BOW has empowered women outdoor enthusiasts since 1991 with weekend workshops at Ponca State Park, Fort Robinson State Park and Nebraska National Forest at Halsey focused on outdoor skills and recreation. Beyond BOW events provided opportunities for those women to continue to develop their skills. “Since 1991, we’ve had so many women …

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Youth Hunter Education Challenge set for Oct. 10 at Platte River SP

LINCOLN, Neb. – Young hunter education graduates are invited to test their skills in Nebraska’s state Youth Hunter Education Challenge on Oct. 10. The competition will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex at Platte River State Park near Louisville. Pre-registration is required by Oct. 5; sign up online at OutdoorNebraska.org/OHEC. This fun, free competition gives kids ages 11 to 17 the opportunity to improve their hunting, marksmanship and safety skills while competing …

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Electrical upgrades coming to Box Butte Reservoir

Aerial photo of Box Butte Reservoir

HEMINGFORD, Neb. — Campers at Box Butte Reservoir State Recreation Area will have to go without electricity for a while, but they will have more juice when the wait is over. Beginning Oct. 1, all of the electrical camping sites at Box Butte will be closed while construction workers upgrade six sites from 30 to 50 amps. The upgrades will result in all of the lake’s 14 electrical sites having 50-amp service. The campground’s 40 non-electrical sites will remain open …

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Deadline to take state park survey is Oct. 4

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Visitors to Nebraska state parks have until Oct. 4 to take a survey online to share their experiences this summer. More than 4,000 park users have completed the survey since April, when crews started conducting surveys in select state parks. Additional responses will only help the study, survey organizers say. “Public feedback helps our agency make informed and intentional decisions that enhance experiences within our state park system,” said Hannah Jones, assistant planning division administrator for the …

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Fremont rec area Lake 20 to be chemically renovated

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LINCOLN, Nebraska — Lake 20 at Fremont State Recreation Area is scheduled to be chemically renovated Sept. 22 to remove the existing fish population. Unwanted fish, including white perch, common carp and gizzard shad, were introduced to the lake during the 2019 spring flooding when the lake experienced severe damage. The fish renovation and restocking is the final step in restoring the lake for future recreational use. Rotenone will be applied in the lake to kill the existing fish. Because …

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Boardwalk construction to begin at Indian Cave State Park

LINCOLN, Nebraska — Construction will begin Sept. 20 at Indian Cave State Park to replace the boardwalk that was damaged by landslides in 2019. Flooding at that time caused numerous landslides and resulted in the removal of a section of the boardwalk leading up to the cave that bears prehistoric Native American petroglyphs. Those rock carvings previously could be viewed from the boardwalk that extends the length of the cave wall. The boardwalk has been inaccessible since May 2019. Construction …

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Burchard Lake drawdown begins for riprap repairs

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LINCOLN, Nebraska — Burchard Lake in southeast Nebraska is being drawn down for maintenance work to protect the integrity of the reservoir dam. Riprap around the lake has degraded over time due to ice and erosion. A 2-foot drawdown started Sept. 15, and riprap will be added beginning Sept. 27. Public access to the boat ramp and campground will remain open; however, access to the dam parking lot from the south will remain closed during construction. This project is being …

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NGPC director receives national distinguished conservation career honor

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LINCOLN, Nebraska — Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Director Jim Douglas received on Sept. 13 the national Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies’ top honor: the Seth Gordon Award. Since 1970, the award has been given to those who have contributed a lifetime of achievement in conserving North America’s natural resources in the interest of the public trust, as well as contributing to the programs of the association. “Being recognized by the Association and my colleagues across the country is …

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Arbor Lodge SHP to host final signature event Oct. 1-2

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park (SHP) mansion in Nebraska City, Otoe County.

LINCOLN, Neb. – Help Nebraska state parks wrap up their summerlong centennial celebration by attending a final signature event Oct. 1-2 at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City. Guests may compete in Baskets and Blankets: An Evening Harvest Picnic contest on Oct. 1 for a chance to win a custom picnic set-up for two courtesy of Pic’d on Purpose of Omaha or a two-night cabin stay at a Nebraska state park. Judges will look for tablescapes incorporating natural …

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Game and Parks director recognized for contributions to research unit

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LINCOLN, Nebraska — Nebraska Game and Parks Director Jim Douglas was honored Wednesday for his contributions to the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Nebraska. Douglas was presented the Golden Pillar Award, a tradition started by the research unit’s scientists in 2010. The award honors and recognizes outstanding individuals who are “pillars of support” or essential to the success of the unit. As a token of their appreciation, Douglas also was presented with a detailed carving of a …

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