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Citizen science educator workshop Nov. 19 in Hastings

LINCOLN, Neb. – Educators of younger students are invited to participate in a citizen science workshop Nov. 19 in Hastings. The workshop will be held at the Hastings Museum, 1330 N. Burlington Ave. Citizen science in the classroom provides opportunities for students to participate in real scientific investigations. Citizen science can inspire students to create meaningful connections to the natural world and help scientists gather data and monitor or interpret results to produce relevant research. Participants will receive an introduction …

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Become a vendor at Eugene T. Mahoney arts and craft show

LINCOLN, Neb. – Organizers of the River Valley Artisans and Craft Market, set for Nov. 11-12 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, are seeking vendors to display and sell handmade arts and craft items. This popular event, to be held at Peter Kiewit Lodge, offers vendors a unique opportunity to present their work to the public. Art from a wide variety of mediums is welcome. Past vendors have showcased jewelry, pottery, homemade jams and jellies, yard art, small furniture, digital …

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Lone Eagle Campground to close for upgrades beginning Sept. 19

LINCOLN, Neb. — Lone Eagle Campground at Lake McConaughy State Recreation area will be closed to the public starting Sept. 19 for camping site upgrades. The closure will allow construction crews to complete installation of a wastewater and drinking water system, which will bring RV dump and fill locations to each of the 84 sites. In 2013, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission received a $740,000 appropriation from the Nebraska Legislature to upgrade all 84 camping sites at Lone Eagle …

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Thinning project beginning at Fort Robinson State Park

Sunset at Saddle Rock

CRAWFORD, Neb. – Fort Robinson State Park will soon enjoy the benefits of a forest and woodland management project. To encourage forest health and improve wildlife habitat, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has contracted the thinning of ponderosa pine trees in a 97-acre portion of the 22,000-acre park. Most of the thinning area is on property that surrounds Saddle Rock, the prominent landform at the eastern end of the Red Cloud Buttes. About 20 acres of the thinning area …

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Improvements completed at Whitney Lake boat launch

Boat ramp expansion

CHADRON, Neb. — Boaters at Whitney Lake Wildlife Management Area should have an easier time getting on and off the water thanks to improvements at the lake’s launching site. The Whitney Lake Fishing Club collaborated with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to widen the lake’s 150-foot concrete boat ramp and replace its dilapidated dock with a new model. Because of Whitney Lake’s role as an irrigation reservoir, the seasonal rise and fall of its water level had long posed …

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Take a pledge on National Hunting and Fishing Day

LINCOLN, Neb. – Since 1971, National Hunting and Fishing (NHF) Day has recognized America’s hunters and anglers for their leadership in fish and wildlife conservation. This year, NHF Day has added a challenge. Richard Childress, honorary chair of NHF Day, is challenging hunters and anglers to pledge to take someone hunting, fishing or shooting by Sept. 23, which is National Hunting and Fishing Day. NHF Day, celebrated the fourth Saturday of every September, remains an effective grassroots effort to promote …

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Public meeting scheduled Oct. 5 for Valentine NWR fisheries

LINCOLN, Neb. – A public informational meeting regarding the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge fisheries will be held Oct. 5 in Valentine. The meeting, hosted by the refuge and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Niobrara Lodge, 803 E. U.S. Highway 20. Presentations will be given on improvements over the past several years, ongoing fish management surveys, fish populations for individual lakes, plans to eradicate common carp, and proposed future fisheries management actions. …

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Haunted Trail is Oct. 21 at Branched Oak SRA

LINCOLN, Neb. – Tickets go on sale Sept. 15 for the Haunted Trail, a family Halloween event Oct. 21 at Branched Oak State Recreation Area. The Haunted Trail is a spooky 1,000-foot walk along a trail through hilly terrain and a wooded area. This will take place from 7-10 p.m. on the east end of Area 1. Tickets are $5 (children under age 3 are free) and available only at the park office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. …

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Nebraska Game and Parks Commission receives national attention for GIS program

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission was recently honored with the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award by Esri, an international supplier of geographic information system software. The Commission is one of only 180 organizations selected from more than 300,000 eligible candidates around the world to receive this special recognition. This special award recognizes the Commission’s outstanding collections of maps, applications and, in particular, its open data portal, which makes authoritative GIS data available to the public …

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Special enforcement aimed at reducing accidents on SRAs

LINCOLN, Neb. – Conservation officers with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission conducted special enforcement patrols during the summer on state recreation areas in Lancaster County. These efforts were designed to help ensure users have a safe and enjoyable experience on Commission-managed areas. Enforcement efforts aimed to reduce serious and fatal vehicle and boat accidents resulted in two arrests for driving under the influence, three for boating under the influence, 23 citations for drug possession, four for driving during suspension, …

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