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Man Hospitalized in Branched Oak Boating Accident

LINCOLN – A Lincoln man was hospitalized with serious injuries to his chest and arm in a boating accident late Monday afternoon at Branched Oak Reservoir in Lancaster County. He was struck by the propeller of the boat in which he was riding. Kent Seevers, 26, of Lincoln, was a passenger seated in the front of a motorboat along with four other occupants. The boat, a 19-foot 1995 Caravelle, is owned and was operated by Jon Muehlmeier 26, also of …

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Learn Outdoor Skills as a Family at Two Rivers SRA

LINCOLN – Learn lifelong outdoor skills as a family at the Becoming an Outdoors-Family workshop June 28-29 at Two Rivers State Recreational Area near Waterloo. Skills learned will help families enjoy the outdoors, create memories and start new traditions. Those skills include fishing, camping, paddling, aquatic education, outdoor cooking, and the safe handling and shooting of shotguns and air rifles. The fee is $99 for a family of up to six members and $20 for each additional person. Park entry …

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Northwest District Birding Day Set for June 4

LINCOLN – The public is invited to join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for Northwest District Birding Day on June 4 at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area (SRA) in Cherry County. Birders will depart from the Cedar Bay boat ramp on the southeast side of the reservoir at 7 and 8:30 a.m. Group birding will continue until 11 a.m., but individuals may extend their birding into the afternoon. Camping is available at the SRA. Bring any gear necessary for …

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Deadline Nearing for Crop Stubble Incentives

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is reminding landowners that they have until June 1 to enroll in a program that pays for keeping wheat and milo stubble tall during this year’s harvest. Last year, the Nebraska Environmental Trust awarded $1.5 million to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to enroll tall wheat and milo stubble into the Crop Stubble Management, Wildlife and Water Conservation Program over three years. This is the second year of the grant. The program is …

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June Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in June: June 1 – Living History, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP), Fort Calhoun, 402-468-5611 June 2, 16 – Pistol League, Platte River State Park (SP), Louisville, 402-471-5547 June 3 – Family Fishing Event, Skyview Lake, Norfolk, 6-8 p.m. June 3-Sept. 30 – JOAD Adult Archery Development Program, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St., Lincoln, 402-471-6141 June 4 …

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Commissioners to Discuss Parks Deferred Maintenance May 30

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners will discuss a plan for addressing deferred maintenance needs within the state park system when they meet May 30 in Alma. The meeting will be at 8 a.m. at the Alma Golf Course Conference Room, 102 Dick Brown Drive. The commissioners also will consider recommendations: — to amend hunter education regulations; — to approve a gift of land from Ducks Unlimited as an addition to Sora Wildlife Management Area in Fillmore County; …

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Enjoy Melodramas at Eugene T. Mahoney SP This Summer

LINCOLN – Enjoy a stay at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park this summer with melodramas performed at Kountze Memorial Theatre. This family-friendly venue gives park visitors some relaxing indoor entertainment following a day of outdoor fun. The 2014 schedule, ticket prices and play descriptions are available at hissboo.com. For more information, call the park at 402-944-2523.

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Three Nebraska Lakes Among Top 100 for Boating and Fishing

LINCOLN – Three Nebraska lakes have been recognized by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) in the Top 100 Family-Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the United States. The lakes, and their ranking, are: 55. Two Rivers State Recreation Area (SRA), Waterloo; 63. Summit Lake SRA, Tekamah; and 88. Holmes Lake Recreation Area, Lincoln. Criteria for the top places to boat and fish included having a public body of water within an hour of a major city and …

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NEBRASKAland Magazine Seeks Photo Contest Entries

LINCOLN – Photographers of all ages and skill levels are invited to share their visions of Nebraska in the 2014 NEBRASKAland Magazine Photo Contest. The contest is open to all subscribers of the magazine and anyone in a subscriber’s household. Winners will be published in the magazine and receive prizes from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Rockbrook Camera. All entries must be photos taken in Nebraska. There will be judging in youth and adult categories. The entry deadline …

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Park Visitors Asked to Restrict Firewood Movement

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is asking campers to restrict the movement of firewood to prevent the entry of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) into the state. EAB is a tree-killing beetle native to Asia. It can move from state to state in firewood. EAB has become established near Creston, Iowa, just 60 miles from the Nebraska border. A Voluntary Firewood Exchange Program is in place at several state park areas to prevent the movement of …

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