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Public Invited to Plant Trees at Chadron State Park

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CHADRON — Boy Scouts are inviting the public to help plant 3,000 trees at Chadron State Park on Saturday, Oct. 8. Volunteers for the project are encouraged to arrive at the park’s campground at 7:30 a.m. for instructions. The planting is expected to wrap up by 2 p.m. and will conclude with a meal. For more information, contact Jim Schmitt of the Boy Scouts at 308-249-1195 or the Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District at 308-432-6190.

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Bioblitz Coming to Chadron State Park

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CHADRON — The public is invited to join Chadron State Park’s first Bioblitz, a 24-hour program Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. The park’s group event facility will serve as headquarters for the more than dozen surveys and activities, which are scheduled to take place at locations throughout the park. The free event will allow participants both young and old to discover and celebrate western Nebraska wildlife. A bioblitz is an event where members of the public become “citizen scientists” …

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October outdoor calendar

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LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) events and important dates in October. Get more details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes. Sept. 30-Oct. 2 – Autumn Harvest Art Show, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP), Ashland Oct. 1 – Advance tickets sales begin for Haunted Hollow, Indian Cave SP, Shubert, 8 a.m. Oct. 1 – Archery Fun Shoot, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor …

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Health alert in effect for Willow Creek, Rockford lakes

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LINCOLN – A health alert is in effect for Willow Creek Lake in Pierce County and Rockford Lake in Gage County. The health alert was put in place after high levels of blue-green algae were detected at the lakes during testing by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. It is recommended that visitors to Willow Creek and Rockford lakes avoid full body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing and jet skiing. Non-contact activities such as boating, fishing and camping …

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Pheasants Forever: Nebraska a top 8 pheasant hunting state

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LINCOLN – Nebraska is among the nation’s top eight pheasant hunting states, according Pheasants Forever (PF). “The Cornhusker State is a bird hunting cornucopia,” writes PF blogger Ron Spomer. “You’re liable to bump into not just ringnecks, but bobwhites, sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chickens. And you can look for them on 800,000 public access acres on 300 state and federal land areas. That’s only 2 percent of the state’s total land, so if you can talk yourself onto private lands, …

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Future of Nebraska’s fisheries to be discussed at public meetings

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Correction: This corrects a news release of Sept. 20, changing the address of the Oct. 4 meeting in North Platte. LINCOLN – The public is invited to attend informational meetings across the state in October regarding the future of Nebraska’s aquatic resources. Fisheries personnel from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission have been developing a road map for the state’s fisheries and aquatic resources. The public’s participation in the planning process is encouraged. Each meeting will include an overview of …

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Celebrate Halloween at a state park

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LINCOLN – Make your Halloween truly memorable this year and celebrate at a state park. Throughout October, Nebraska state parks and recreation areas will host more than a dozen Halloween events filled to the brim with fun for the whole family. Events will feature activities such as pumpkin carving, costume contests, trick-or-treating and haunted trails and hayrack rides. At many sites, those staying at a park campground can participate in campground decorating contests. To see a full list of events, …

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Special enforcement aimed at reduction of accidents on SRAs

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LINCOLN – 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 seven arrests for driving under the influence and two for boating under the influence. These special patrols allowed conservation officers to contact an additional …

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Celebrate Halloween at a state park

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LINCOLN – Make your Halloween truly memorable this year and celebrate at a state park. Throughout October, Nebraska state parks and recreation areas will host more than a dozen Halloween events filled to the brim with fun for the whole family. Events will feature activities such as pumpkin carving, costume contests, trick-or-treating and haunted trails and hayrack rides. At many sites, those staying at a park campground can participate in campground decorating contests. To see a full list of events, …

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Muzzleloader Sight-In and Family Rendezvous Oct. 9 at Platte River State Park

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LINCOLN – Learn everything there is to know about muzzleloaders at the Muzzleloader Sight-In and Family Rendezvous on Oct. 9 at Platte River State Park. The event will be held at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Participants will be able to sight in their muzzleloaders for $5. Several free family-friendly activities are scheduled, including youth archery, slingshots, atlatl and tomahawk throwing, pellet gun and muzzleloader shooting, campground games and Dutch oven cooking. Treats …

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