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Commission to consider fees for Schramm Education Center

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider proposed user fees for the new Schramm Education Center when it meets Jan. 18 in Lincoln.

Schramm Education Center, built on the site of the former Aksarben Aquarium within Schramm Park State Recreation Area in Sarpy County, will be an interactive, state-of-the-art nature center featuring the state’s river, pond and lake systems. It will open in the spring of 2019. The education center is part of the Venture Parks project, an innovative public-private partnership providing more interactive, nature-based learning opportunities for current and future generations of park visitors.

The meeting will start at 8 a.m. at Game and Parks headquarters, 2200 N. 33rd St.

An 8:30 a.m. public hearing is scheduled for input regarding the listing and delisting of state threatened and endangered species in the Commission’s District 8, which is Lancaster County.

Also on the agenda are staff recommendations to:

— approve an easement request from the Nebraska Department of Transportation for a road-widening and culvert-placing project at Narrows Wildlife Management Area in Webster County.

— approve a permanent easement request from the Richardson County Rural Water District No. 2 to install a water line and metering valve pit on Indian Cave State Park property in Nemaha County.

— approve grant awards for the Land and Water Conservation Fund Stateside Assistance Program.

— approve trail projects for federal funding through the Recreational Trails Program.

The commissioners also will hear several staff updates, including pheasant genetics research, chronic wasting disease, big game informational meetings, and cooperative research with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources. They also will elect officers for the year.

A complete agenda is available at outdoornebraska.gov/commissioners/.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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