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Prescribed burns planned in the Panhandle

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials have scheduled prescribed burns on Wildlife Management Areas in Scotts Bluff and Morrill counties in the coming weeks. A 200-acre burn at the Cedar Canyon Wildlife Management Area southwest of Gering may begin as early as Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15-16, if conditions are favorable. Other properties with approved burn plans may follow. They are the Arnold Trupp WMA north of Bayard and the Nine Mile Creek WMA southeast of Lake Minatare State Recreation …

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Some Mobile Hunting and Fishing Permits Now Available

LINCOLN – Some Nebraska hunting and fishing permits now may be purchased, accessed or displayed on a mobile device. The image of a mobile permit may be displayed and saved on a device such as a phone or tablet. The mobile permit fulfills the requirement of carrying a permit while eliminating the need to carry a paper version. Mobile permit purchase options are currently limited to hunt (small game), fish, and resident fur harvest permits, as well as associated stamps. …

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Southeast District Birding Day Set for May 14

LINCOLN – The public is invited to join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for the Southeast District Birding Day on May 14 at the Nebraska Eastern Saline Wetlands in northern Lancaster County. This free morning of birding will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the parking lot of Little Salt Fork Marsh Preserve, a half-mile west of the intersection of N. 1st Street and Raymond Road. A carpool from Game and Parks’ Lincoln headquarters, 2200 N. 33rd St., is available. …

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National Walk at Lunch Day to Benefit Nebraska Trails

LINCOLN – On April 30, Nebraskans from across the state will make time to walk for 30 minutes at lunchtime. In doing so, they’ll take part in National Walk at Lunch Day, an annual event intended to encourage participants to engage in healthy lifestyle choices. Participants will also help raise money for the Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation. For every organization that registers walkers for the annual event, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska will contribute $20 to the …

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Family Fishing Events Scheduled for 2014

LINCOLN – Another spring and summer of family fishing fun is scheduled with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Family Fishing Events. Family Fishing Events provide opportunities for people of all ages who have never fished or have not fished in years to learn and enjoy the activity. Rods and reels, as well as bait and fishing instruction, will be available for free. Look for the Family Fishing Trailer at each site. Appropriate fishing and park permits are required. All …

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Final Trees Planted in 25-year Project at Fort Robinson

All the roots have been planted for a northwestern Nebraska reforestation program. Now, the project has been turned over to Mother Nature. About 1,400 members of the Boy Scouts of the Longs Peak Council and other volunteers planted 10,500 trees at Fort Robinson State Park on Saturday, the final chapter of an annual effort to reforest areas burned in a massive 1989 wildfire. The planting marked the 25th and final year for the event. The planters were greeted with seasonably …

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Wild Adventure Day Set for April 19 in Lincoln

LINCOLN – Have you ever touched a snake? Or seen a badger? Come to Wild Adventure Day on April 19 in Lincoln and have that opportunity. This free public event, sponsored by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Nebraska Wildlife Federation, and Friends of Pioneers Park, will take place at Pioneers Park Nature Center, located at 3201 S. Coddington Ave., from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. See more than 30 nature-related activities for youth and families. Among the activities will be live …

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Great Park Pursuit Starts May 1

LINCOLN – The Great Park Pursuit (GPP) begins its seventh year of giving people an opportunity to win prizes while enjoying parks across Nebraska. The goal of GPP, a partnership between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Recreation and Park Association, is to promote active lifestyles while increasing awareness of the state’s nature-rich outdoor recreation opportunities. This is done by encouraging participants to visit up to 20 GPP sites located across Nebraska between May 1 and Sept. …

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Fishing Instructor Workshop Cancelled in North Platte, Scheduled in Kearney

LINCOLN – The certification of youth fishing instructors scheduled for April 5 in North Platte has been cancelled because of low registration. Those in the North Platte area may attend a workshop in Kearney on May 10 from 9 a.m.-noon at Yanney Park’s Mitzi’s Pavilion, 2005 1st Ave. To reserve a spot in this workshop, contact Lindsey Chizinski by May 5 at 402-332-4204 or lindsey.chizinski@nebraska.gov. Youth fishing instructors will receive training and tools to conduct fishing clinics. These volunteers will …

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Temporarily Closed Parks to Reopen April 18

LINCOLN – State park areas temporarily closed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission last fall will reopen April 18 – two weeks earlier than previously planned. The parks will reopen early because work crews reassigned from the closed parks completed their assigned projects ahead of schedule. The purpose of the closures was to redirect Game and Parks staff and resources from the closed areas in an effort to reduce the more than $40 million of identified deferred maintenance needs …

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