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Run Wild Registration Deadline Extended

LINCOLN, Neb. – Run wild and enjoy the scenic backwoods of Eugene T. Mahoney State Park on June 1 to support the Nebraska Wildlife Conservation Fund. Sign up for Run Wild, a 10-kilometer trail run in a wild animal costume. The Nebraska Wildlife Conservation Fund helps thousands of nongame species that call Nebraska home. Learn more about it at NebraskaWildlifeFund.org. Visit www.RunWildNe.org to register. Registration fees are $40 through May 17 (extended from May 9) and $45 through May 24. …

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Flood Recovery Program Incentive Offered

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Missouri River Post Flood Habitat Recovery Program (HRP) provides eligible landowners incentives for enrolling cropland impacted by the 2011 flood into the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP). All lands eligible for CRP and CCRP located on the 500-year Missouri River Floodplain are eligible for the HRP. There will be a one-time incentive payment of $100 per acre for each CRP acre enrolled with Farm Services Agency (FSA). …

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Free Fishing and Park Entry Day Set for May 18

LINCOLN, Neb. – Free Fishing and Park Entry Day on May 18 is an opportunity for everyone to enjoy fishing or a state park area in Nebraska without the requirement of a fishing or park permit. Although no fishing or park entry permits will be required on the free day, which is celebrated annually on the Saturday before Memorial Day weekend, all other fee requirements, laws and regulations will be in effect. Anglers at Two Rivers State Recreation Area’s (SRA) …

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Mountain Lions Topic of Free Program

LINCOLN, Neb. – The status of mountain lions in Nebraska will be the subject of a free program May 9 in Kearney. Sam Wilson, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission carnivore program manager, will make the presentation at 7 p.m. at the Harmon Activity Center, located in Harmon Park. Wilson also will discuss mountain lions May 9 on the “Talk of the Town” radio program on Kearney’s 1340 KGFW-AM at 9 a.m. and again May 11 at the Fort Kearny Outdoor …

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Fort Kearny Family Outdoor Discovery Day is About Food and Fun

LINCOLN, Neb. – Join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on May 11 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area (SRA) for a family day of food and fun at the Outdoor Discovery Day. Aside from the dozens of outdoor activities, there will be plenty of free food at several of our campground activities. Eat cobbler made in the Dutch oven. Roast hot dogs over an open fire. Don’t forget to participate in our ’smores eating contest. …

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2013 Nebraska State Parks Summer Schedule

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraskans have more than 70 state park areas to enjoy this summer. These parks offer a variety of activities for all ages. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offers the following summer park schedule, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, to help Nebraskans plan vacations or trips to parks. A park entry permit is required for all vehicles entering these park areas: Arthur Bowring Sandhills Ranch State Historical Park (SHP) – Merriman, 308-684-3428. Sod House …

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Go Birding at Ponca State Park on May 15

LINCOLN, Neb. – Birders of all experience levels are invited to attend Northeast District Birding Day with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on May 15 at Ponca State Park. Several birding opportunities are scheduled throughout the day, beginning at 6 a.m. at the park office. Birders should bring binoculars and field guides, if they have them, as well as sunscreen, insect repellant and the appropriate clothing and footwear. Contact the park for more information at ngpc.ponca@nebraska.gov or 402-755-2284.

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Nebraskans Can Fish for Millions

LINCOLN, Neb. – Catch a specially tagged walleye or largemouth bass in Nebraska and become a winner. Nebraska is one of 22 states participating in the Cabela’s Fish for Millions promotion. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has tagged several fish in public waters. Anglers who catch those tagged fish from May 4 to July 7 will have a shot at up to $2 million in cash and nearly $275,000 in prizes. Every tagged fish will be a winner. Game …

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Share Lake McConaughy Sand with Terns and Plovers

LINCOLN, Neb. – Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area (SRA) is one of the state’s premier destinations and will provide great water and extensive white sandy beaches this summer, but visitors are asked to be mindful of interior least terns and piping plovers who share the lake’s sandy shoreline. “These protected birds struggle to nest and raise their young in the face of predators and extreme weather while here,” Lake McConaughy SRA superintendent Colby Johnson said. “Park visitors can help protect …

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CRP Meetings Scheduled

LINCOLN, Neb. – Conservation Reserve Program public informational meetings are scheduled across the state in May so landowners can learn about the May 20-June 14 Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup. CRP offers stable financial incentives for less productive acres, small fields and odd-shaped areas within productive fields. Now is an excellent time to enroll in CRP through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Rental rates have been updated in your area and some county rates have increased significantly. You have …

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