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Water for Food Exhibit Open at Lake McConaughy SRA

LINCOLN, Neb. – The new Water for Food exhibit is open at the Visitor and Water Interpretive Center at Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area (SRA) near Ogallala. “Visitors to the new exhibit will understand how advances in science and technology, as well as legislative policy, have shaped dry-land and irrigated agriculture in an effort to find sustainability between feeding the world and conserving water for future generations,” said Colby Johnson, Lake McConaughy SRA superintendent. The Center, built in 1999, is …

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State Parks Offer Voluntary Firewood Restriction

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has initiated a voluntary firewood restriction, effective immediately, at all state parks and state recreation areas. This restriction is an effort to prevent the spread of the destructive emerald ash borer. The spread of the borer and other invasive pests can be prevented if park users acquire firewood within 50 miles of their park destination and burn all their wood, especially if brought from another state, rather than transporting to another …

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Sherman Reservoir to Celebrate 50 Years

LINCOLN, Neb. – A 50th anniversary celebration of Sherman Reservoir as a centerpiece for agriculture and tourism will be held June 7-9. Events will take place at Sherman Reservoir State Recreation Area, as well as in Loup City and Ashton. Activities will include music, food and several fishing events. The celebration will begin with a dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. June 7. Visit loupcity.com for more information.

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Fluctuating Water May Expose or Conceal Boating Hazards

LINCOLN, Neb. – Levels on water bodies fluctuate constantly. Nebraska boaters should be aware that rising and falling levels can create hazards. Many water bodies are flood-control structures where levels rise during heavy rains and wash potential hazards into new areas. Other bodies are used for irrigation and experience draw-downs during the summer, creating and exposing additional hazards. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offers boaters the following tips: — Plan an upstream trip when navigating a river. If you …

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Cowboy Trail Bridge Ribbon Cutting Near Norfolk on June 1

LINCOLN, Neb. – A ribbon cutting for the new Cowboy Trail Bridge near Norfolk is set for June 1 at 10:30 a.m. The Cowboy Trail Bridge, formally known as Broken Bridge, spans 200 feet across the Elkhorn River and is designed to look similar to the historic trestle railroad bridge that was washed out during the 2010 flood. The event will be preceded by fun and educational activities along the trail beginning at TaHaZouka Park in Norfolk. Participants can begin …

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Scheels 3-D Archery Shoot is June 1-2 at Ponca State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – All ages are welcome to participate in the Fourth Annual Scheels Sixty 3-D Archery Shoot at Ponca State Park on June 1-2. The event will be held from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. both days and features 60 challenging 3-D targets. Demonstrations of the newest bows and crossbows will also be available. The registration fee is $15 for adults. Youth age 14 and under are free. Lunch is included with registration and the first 100 registrants receive a T-shirt. …

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June Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in June: June 1 – Run Wild 10k Run, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP), Ashland, 9 a.m., runwildne.org June 1 – Cowboy Trail Bridge Ribbon Cutting, Norfolk, 10:30 a.m. June 1 – Family Fishing Event, Yanney Park Lake, Kearney, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 1 – Fishing is Fun Water Expo, Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area (SRA), Ogallala, 308-284-8800 June 1 – …

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Commissioners Approve Big Game Regulations

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners approved 2013 big game hunting regulations at their meeting May 24 in Chadron. The regulations represent a significant reduction of antlerless deer bonus tags in an effort to lower harvest. That reduction in permits reflects a white-tailed deer population that was depleted by a major outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) in 2012. A summary of the 2013 big game changes: Deer — Remove 30,300 antlerless bonus tags from November Firearm …

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Rock Creek Trail Days June 1-2

LINCOLN, Neb. – Several historical interpretations, re-enactments and displays are scheduled for Rock Creek Trail Days, June 1-2 at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park. Rock Creek Station was established in 1857 along the Oregon and California trails. It was a supply center and resting spot for westward emigrants and later became a Pony Express relay station. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission developed it as a state historical park in 1980. Activities will include black powder gun demonstrations, cowboy …

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Outdoor Skills Day Camp Set for June 8

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Lincoln Izaak Walton League will host a family Outdoor Skills Day Camp on June 8. The camp runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Izaak Walton League shooting range, located a half-mile south of 134th Street and Nebraska Highway 2. It is open to youth ages 11-16, as well as their parents. Equipment and lunch will be provided. Participants will have opportunities to fish and shoot rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders or …

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