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Game and Parks closing overnight camping April 6-May 8

LINCOLN, Neb. – In a proactive effort to prevent the potential for spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will prohibit overnight camping at state parks, state recreation areas and wildlife management areas starting Monday, April 6 through Friday, May 8, with a possible extension. In addition, the closure of state park area lodging and cabins will be extended through May 8. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services recommends travelers coming to Nebraska or back …

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Hunters, other recreationists advised to be smart during COVID-19 crisis

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is advising hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts to honor guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other health organizations, to avoid spread of coronavirus as they head to the field this spring. “Outdoor recreation has long been an important part of our way of life for relaxing and getting in touch with nature, and many people are turning to outdoor recreation as they seek comfort during …

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Nonresident spring turkey permit sales to end immediately

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is suspending the sale of nonresident spring turkey hunting permits in a proactive effort to prevent the potential for the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This is being done by the Commission in coordination with Gov. Pete Ricketts Executive Order No. 20-11 to help protect the health of Nebraskans by discouraging unnecessary travel. Game and Parks will stop selling 2020 nonresident spring turkey permits effective immediately. Nonresidents who have purchased …

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Game and Parks to temporarily close playgrounds, structures

LINCOLN, Neb. – In a continued, proactive effort to prevent the potential for spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission temporarily will close state park and recreation area playgrounds and play structures beginning March 30. The closures are in keeping with national recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which encourages maintaining physical distance’ and limiting in-person social interactions. Game and Parks will continue to keep open state recreation areas’ and parks’ grounds …

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State park lodging, cabins to be closed temporarily

LINCOLN, Neb. – In a proactive effort to prevent the potential for spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission temporarily will close state park lodging in April. Game and Parks will close park lodging facilities and cabin rentals April 1-30. A possible extension period may be implemented if conditions do not improve. Tent camping and RV camping are available and will be evaluated regularly, following state and federal directives, as well as local health department …

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Bird migration, appreciation offer educational opportunities

LINCOLN, Neb. – Though most of the nation has halted travel and started practicing social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, birds across Nebraska have something very different in mind: Migration and in big numbers. Which is good news for Nebraskans seeking ways to keep busy during these unprecedented times where many are working from home and teaching now stay-at-home children in the face of school closures. With a few resources created by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission or …

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Sight-in range, viewing blind closing temporarily

LINCOLN, Neb. – The sight-in range at Killdeer Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Lancaster County and the prairie chicken viewing blinds at Burchard Lake WMA in Pawnee County have been closed temporarily by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. This is part of Game and Parks’ effort to prevent the potential for spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Game and Parks aims to protect its staff and customers by removing opportunities for crowds to gather at facilities and events and …

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Nature is the Respite for Coronavirus Concerns in Nebraska

Though we are in uncharted territory with COVID-19 regarding advisories and mandates, truly there is no better place to gain easy personal solitude or social distancing from the virus than in nature! All state park area grounds are open! They are not closed! They remain open to you for all sorts of outdoor pursuits – Sightseeing, picnicking, running, hiking, biking, camping, wildlife watching, fishing, mushroom hunting, etc. The Cowboy Trail is also open for use. Enjoying time in our state …

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State-Fish Art Contest deadline extended

LINCOLN, Neb. – With thousands of schools closed in response to COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the national State-Fish Art Contest deadline has been extended to April 30, giving students an opportunity to complete their entries – and keep creative – while staying engaged in learning activities at home. Nebraska artists in grades K-12 are eligible to compete in this free art competition, hosted by Wildlife Forever and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, for the chance to win state and national …

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Commission takes measures to keep staff, public safe in response to virus

LINCOLN, Neb. – In a proactive effort to prevent the potential for spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at its facilities, parks and events, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is limiting some public access. The Commission aims to protect its staff and customers by removing opportunities for crowds to gather at facilities and events and by maintaining clean facilities. To do so, the agency has taken the following steps: — All agency-sponsored events and activities scheduled through May 31 …

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