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Commissioners to consider 2023-2024 waterfowl recommendations

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider 2023-2024 waterfowl hunting season recommendations at its March 14 meeting in Kearney. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. in the North Platte Room at the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, 3060 E. 1st St. Staff will recommend amending Commission Orders to opening duck season in Zone 3 a week later than the 2022-2023 season. The other recommended season dates are calendar date adjustments. Waterfowl recommendations are developed balancing hunter preferences with …

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Fort Kearny offers excellent crane viewing, resources for visitors

By Renae Blum, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Every spring Nebraska’s central Platte River valley hosts one the most remarkable wildlife spectacles in North America: sandhill crane migration. More than 500,000 cranes will descend there to rest and refuel before continuing their journey north. One popular place to view these birds is Fort Kearny State Recreation Area, located southeast of Kearney. At dawn and dusk, visitors can walk the park’s hike-bike trail to a bridge over the Platte, where birds …

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Prescribed burns planned for Rock Creek Station SHP

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Rock Creek Station State Historical Park in Jefferson County will conduct several prescribed burns on tallgrass prairie and forested areas within the park in the coming weeks. The objectives of the burns are to enhance the growth of native grasses and reduce non-native and woody vegetation, protecting prairie and woodland habitats. The burns also will reduce standing and dead vegetation, helping prevent the potential for destructive wildfires. The grasses will regenerate quickly following the burns. Burn dates will be determined …

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Box Butte SRA getting new campsites

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Box Butte State Reservoir State Recreation Area soon will have capacity to accommodate more campers. Those campers even will have a new facility for cleaning up during their stay. Workers soon will begin construction of an $840,000 addition at Box Butte that includes 20 new electrical campsites and the installation of a shower house and sewage dump station. Mike Morava, regional park superintendent for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, said construction is scheduled to begin in March. He is …

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Two Rivers Trout Lake to open March 11; statewide stockings to follow

Another spring of trout fishing fun is on tap in Nebraska. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is scheduling the release of rainbow trout in waters across the state. This will give anglers and families, especially at city ponds and lakes, additional angling opportunities for this popular species. It starts March 11, opening day of the Trout Lake at Two Rivers State Recreation Area in Douglas County. All trout caught in this lake must be harvested and not released. Anglers …

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Registration open for Crofton’s Dam Race

Registration is open for Crofton’s Dam Race 2023, which will be July 29 at Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area. Choose your adventure between three events: a triathlon, half-marathon, or 12-mile bike race. Crofton’s Dam Race, which is open to athletes of all experience levels, will help raise funds for a new hike-bike trail at the SRA. Here’s a closer look at the events, which finish in Crofton: Triathlon – Kayak 1.5 miles on Lewis and Clark Lake, run a …

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Register for Memorial Run to help boost mental health awareness, support state park trails

Registration is open for the Tyler Vanderheiden Memorial Run, an annual race aimed at raising awareness and understanding of mental health that also acts as a fundraiser for Nebraska Game and Parks state park trails. The run is May 20, 2023, at Cody Park, 1899 US-83, North Platte. Participants may choose between a 2-mile or 5-mile distance and run in-person or virtually. Register at PlatteRiverFitness.com/PublicHealth or donate to the fundraiser at TylerVanderheidenMemorial.com. This year, funds raised will help support the construction and upgrade …

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Venture Park Region Discovery Fair scheduled April 8

Discover the activities that will be offered this summer and job opportunities available during the Venture Park Region Discovery Fair on April 8 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. The Venture Park Region offers visitors opportunities for discovery, exploration, excitement, serenity, and imagination with unique features and activities at each park. Parks in this region that will be hiring are: Mahoney SP near Ashland, Platte River State Park near Louisville, Louisville State Recreation Area in Louisville, Schramm Education Center and …

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East access road at Wildwood WMA closed Feb. 28

The east access road off NW 84th Street, leading to the boat ramp and parking lot at Wildwood Wildlife Management Area in Lancaster County, will be closed Feb. 28 for tree clearing. The tree clearing in the parking area is in preparation for a boat launch improvement project expected to begin later this summer. This is a joint project between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Lower Platte South Natural Resource District. The road closure is expected to …

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Game and Parks will certify youth fishing instructors across state

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will certify youth fishing instructors at workshops in five locations across the state in the coming months. Instructors are part of the Youth Fishing Program, a statewide team of volunteers and Game and Parks staff who host educational fishing events. Trainings will take place at: The Mark, Elkhorn, March 19, 2-5 p.m.; Schramm Education Center, Gretna, March 26, 2-5 p.m.; Ponca State Park, April 23, 9 a.m.-noon; Fort Kearny State Historical Park, May 10, …

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