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Commissioners to Discuss Parks Deferred Maintenance May 30

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners will discuss a plan for addressing deferred maintenance needs within the state park system when they meet May 30 in Alma. The meeting will be at 8 a.m. at the Alma Golf Course Conference Room, 102 Dick Brown Drive. The commissioners also will consider recommendations: — to amend hunter education regulations; — to approve a gift of land from Ducks Unlimited as an addition to Sora Wildlife Management Area in Fillmore County; …

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Enjoy Melodramas at Eugene T. Mahoney SP This Summer

LINCOLN – Enjoy a stay at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park this summer with melodramas performed at Kountze Memorial Theatre. This family-friendly venue gives park visitors some relaxing indoor entertainment following a day of outdoor fun. The 2014 schedule, ticket prices and play descriptions are available at hissboo.com. For more information, call the park at 402-944-2523.

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Three Nebraska Lakes Among Top 100 for Boating and Fishing

LINCOLN – Three Nebraska lakes have been recognized by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) in the Top 100 Family-Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the United States. The lakes, and their ranking, are: 55. Two Rivers State Recreation Area (SRA), Waterloo; 63. Summit Lake SRA, Tekamah; and 88. Holmes Lake Recreation Area, Lincoln. Criteria for the top places to boat and fish included having a public body of water within an hour of a major city and …

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NEBRASKAland Magazine Seeks Photo Contest Entries

LINCOLN – Photographers of all ages and skill levels are invited to share their visions of Nebraska in the 2014 NEBRASKAland Magazine Photo Contest. The contest is open to all subscribers of the magazine and anyone in a subscriber’s household. Winners will be published in the magazine and receive prizes from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Rockbrook Camera. All entries must be photos taken in Nebraska. There will be judging in youth and adult categories. The entry deadline …

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Park Visitors Asked to Restrict Firewood Movement

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is asking campers to restrict the movement of firewood to prevent the entry of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) into the state. EAB is a tree-killing beetle native to Asia. It can move from state to state in firewood. EAB has become established near Creston, Iowa, just 60 miles from the Nebraska border. A Voluntary Firewood Exchange Program is in place at several state park areas to prevent the movement of …

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Game and Parks Urges Boaters to Think Safety This Summer

LINCOLN – Nebraskans are asked to be cautious when they enjoy a day on the water in their boats this summer. Boating safety should never be taken for granted. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission suggests ways boaters may reduce the risk of incidents and help ensure a safe and enjoyable day on the water. Wear a Life Jacket – Children under age 13 and anybody on a personal watercraft are required by law to wear a United States Coast …

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Free Fishing and Park Entry Day in Nebraska is May 17

LINCOLN – Free Fishing and Park Entry Day in Nebraska is Saturday, May 17. Enjoy a Saturday of fishing or state park activities without having to purchase a fishing or park entry permit. Free Fishing and Park Entry Day means anyone can explore outdoor opportunities at any Nebraska state park, state recreation area or state historical park. Anglers must observe all fishing regulations. Camping, lodging and all other user fees still apply at state park areas. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for more …

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2014 Big Game Guide Available Online

LINCOLN – The 2014 Big Game Guide is available in digital format at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s website, OutdoorNebraska.org. The publication is a summary of regulations, laws and orders pertaining to the hunting of deer, antelope, elk and bighorn sheep in Nebraska. It includes unit maps, as well as information on season dates, permits and bag limits. The guide soon will be available in hard copy wherever hunt permits are sold. To view the guide online, just click …

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Join Cowboy Trail Tour May 17-23

LINCOLN – The public is invited to join two Nebraska Game and Parks Commission staffers on a Cowboy Trail bicycle tour May 17-23 from Norfolk to Valentine. Riders may join Jenny Nguyen and Jamie Bachmann for all or any segment of the 195-mile tour, which begins at Norfolk’s TaHaZouka Park at 8 a.m. All riders must arrange their transportation. A summary of the itinerary: May 17 – Norfolk to Neligh; May 18 – Neligh to O’Neill; May 19 – O’Neill …

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Panhandle Parks Gearing Up for Free Entry Day

Many of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s attractions in the Panhandle are planning special activities for Free Park Entry and Fishing Day on Saturday, May 17. Free Park Entry and Fishing Day is an annual event in which the Commission allows fishing and entry to parks without requiring permits. It provides an opportunity for people to experience the state’s diverse park areas and fishing resources free of charge. Following is a list of special activities at the region’s State …

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