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Time Will Soon Be Ripe For Much Wild Fruit And Berry Picking

The mulberries have been ripe for a couple weeks now. Wild strawberries and raspberries have been picked already. But, soon the bulk of the edible wild fruits and berries in the Nebraska countryside will be ready for harvest. Before you get started in the fun of harvesting wild fruits and berries in Nebraska, here are a some foraging rules, regulations and guidelines that you need to know. Ask the farmer or rancher first! You must acquire permission before gathering wild …

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Riverview Marina SRA temporarily closed due to high water; other areas take precautions

LINCOLN, Neb. – Riverview Marina State Recreation Area (SRA) in Otoe County is temporarily closed to the public. Rising water levels in the Missouri River led Nebraska Game and Parks Commission staff to close the area Tuesday. Riverview Marina SRA is adjacent to the Missouri River and offers river access. The closure includes campgrounds and the boat dock. Precautions are being taken in northeastern Nebraska as river levels rise. No park areas have been closed, but parks staff have moved …

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EAB confirmed at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – Emerald ash borer (EAB) was discovered at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP) on June 6 and has been confirmed by a state entomologist. Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) staff found EAB in a baited trap at the park’s Lakeside Campground. EAB is an invasive beetle native to Asia. It kills ash trees when its larvae feed on the inner bark, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients. Since first discovered in the United States …

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Ponca State Park features fun activities for all ages

LINCOLN, Neb. – Ease into July with a series of fun summer activities for all ages at Ponca State Park. June 27 – Take an introductory course to archery and muzzleloading, and learn how to make a bird feeder from everyday items in the home. June 28 – Learn how to shoot a pellet rifle, discover the types of wildflowers growing in the park, and find out about a giant creature that swam through the park 90 million years ago. …

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July Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in July. Get more event details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes. June 30-July 1 – Living History, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (SHP), Fort Calhoun July 1 – Archery fishing of game fish is allowed statewide through Dec. 31 July 1 – Underwater spearfishing of game fish allowed in certain waters through …

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Sun, Sand, Swimming And Safety

The Nebraska state park system offers some fantastic beaches for swimming and wading. From Big Mac to Branched Oak, more than two dozen state recreation areas offer a chance to catch some rays, play in the sand and cool off in the water of lakes and reservoirs during hot summer days. Beach swimming is blast! My family and I really enjoy it. However, drowning in dark water is a real danger and one of the most horrific things that can happen right in front of loved ones …

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Six state recreation areas will allow fireworks on July 4

LINCOLN, Neb. – Visitors to six state recreation areas will be allowed to touch off fireworks on Independence Day, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Those visitors should always use caution when lighting fireworks. Branched Oak State Recreation Area (SRA) near Malcolm, Fort Kearny SRA near Kearney, Memphis SRA near Memphis, Fremont SRA near Fremont, Pawnee SRA near Emerald and Wagon Train SRA near Hickman will permit fireworks from 8 a.m. until midnight on July 4 only. Signs …

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Road work to cause road closures near Wagon Train SRA

LINCOLN, Neb. – Visitors to Wagon Train State Recreation Area (SRA) should expect detours beginning this week. Lancaster County is replacing a culvert at the corner of South 96th Street and Hickman Road. The park will remain open during construction, but visitors to the popular area should watch for detour signs. Construction is expected to last approximately eight days. Wagon Train SRA is located 2 miles east of Hickman in Lancaster County. A valid Nebraska park entry permit is required …

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Branched Oak SRA Area 1 dump station closed

LINCOLN, Neb. – The dump station at Area 1 at Branched Oak State Recreation Area (SRA) is currently closed. The dump station is closed for extensive repairs to the area’s septic system. Park staff anticipate the closure to last for some time. Dump stations in areas 4 and 11 remain open. Park staff recommend campers plan for longer waits than normal. Branched Oak SRA is located in Lancaster County. A valid Nebraska park entry permit is required for each vehicle …

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