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Game and Parks to co-host invasive species webinar series

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Learn about invasive species during a five-part virtual webinar series during National Invasive Species Awareness Week Feb. 22-26. The series, hosted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Invasive Species Program through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will focus on a different topic each day. The webinar schedule is: Feb. 22 – Invasive Species 101, Feb. 23 – Invasive Plants, Feb. 24 – Invasive Wildlife, Feb. 25 – Invasive Aquatic Species, Feb. 26 – Invasive …

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Start planning fishing trips with 2021 Fishing Forecast

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Anglers can start planning fishing vacations or researching their strategies for the year with the 2021 Fishing Forecast, a publication available from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The publication contains fish sampling data, along with a forecast of where anglers may find large quantities and large sizes of certain fish in various waters across the state. Game and Parks biologists annually sample fish populations. Some of the largest bodies of waters are sampled every year, while …

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Tax season provides opportunity to support Nebraska wildlife conservation

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraskans receiving an income tax refund this year have an opportunity to support wildlife and habitat conservation. On Line 46 of the Nebraska state income tax form, 1040N, individuals may donate $1 or more of their tax refund to the Nebraska Wildlife Conservation Fund, which helps thousands of species in Nebraska, particularly those that are rare, endangered or threatened. Tax refund donations have benefited many species over the years, including the river otter, swift fox, peregrine falcon, …

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Big upgrades, big year underway at Chadron State Park

CHADRON, Neb. — A big year calls for big improvements for Nebraska’s first state park. Chadron State Park, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2021, has been the subject of sizable upgrades and new construction at points throughout its 977 acres. “This is a special year for us, and I’m thankful for those who have worked to make sure the park is in tip-top shape come summer,” said Gregg Galbraith, park superintendent. Perhaps the most noticeable project is the …

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Nebraska state parks offering Valentine’s deals

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Guests can enjoy special lodging and gift packages this Valentine’s Day at four Nebraska state parks. Act fast as spots are limited. Ponca State Park will offer its Birds and Breakfast event Feb. 12-13, a weekend getaway package that includes a 30% discount on lodging, a complimentary bottle of wine or cider, a breakfast basket in your cabin, and an opportunity to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count on Feb. 13. For additional details, call the …

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Celebrate World Wetlands Day Feb. 2 with virtual presentation about Lincoln wetlands

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Celebrate World Wetlands Day on Feb. 2 by joining Conservation Nebraska and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in a fun virtual presentation about the wetlands near Lincoln. Wetlands are a cornerstone for a thriving Nebraska ecosystem, and over the years, Nebraska has redefined its relationship and commitment to wetlands. Game and Parks’ Ted LaGrange, wetlands program manager, and Grace Gaard, aquatic ecology education specialist, will help increase your knowledge of wetlands and answer questions. This hour-long …

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Governor appoints Curry to Game and Parks Commission

LINCOLN, Neb. – Gov. Pete Ricketts has appointed Ken Curry of Columbus, a corporate leader in public power and customer care, to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to represent District 3 (northeast Nebraska). Curry is vice president of customer services and chief customer officer for Nebraska Public Power District, which sells power to customers in all or part of 86 of Nebraska’s 93 counties. “My role is to focus on the customer and to do the very best for …

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Mountain lion season ends with four harvested in Pine Ridge

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The 2021 mountain lion hunting season in the Pine Ridge closed Jan 24 when the harvest limit of four (three males and one female) was met. Season 1 opened Jan. 2. The harvest of mountain lions allows the population to remain resilient and healthy, while halting growth or moderately reducing the population size. This maintains the population density in the Pine Ridge at a similar level to that of other states that allow mountain lion hunting. For …

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Scout’s Rest Ranch earns National Historic Landmark status

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Scout’s Rest Ranch at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park has been designated a National Historic Landmark, for the significant role William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody played in the creation of the Wild West entertainment movement of the late 19th century. About 8.25 acres of Cody’s former ranch property in North Platte — including the mansion, barn, outbuildings, irrigation system, windmill and landscaped lawns — earned the designation on Jan. 13. National Historic Landmarks are determined by …

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State park camping reservation booking window of 180 days begins Feb. 1

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Beginning Feb. 1, guests can make camping reservations up to 180 days in advance of arrival for stays at Nebraska state park and recreation areas. Guests will be able to book stays for a maximum of 14 days, and will have the ability to make multiple reservations for eligible sites and dates. There is no change to the cabin and lodge room reservation booking window. It remains at a year to date. In addition to reservable campsites, …

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