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Prescribed fires planned at Mahoney State Park

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will be conducting prescribed fires at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park near Ashland starting Feb. 27. These fires are part of an ongoing prairie and oak woodland restoration project and will help control the spread of invasive plants. Exact dates of the fires will depend on weather. Affected trails and roads in portions of the park will be marked with signs and closed during the fires.

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Schramm Speaker Series to feature watchable wildlife March 15

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Learn how citizens can contribute to scientific research by observing wildlife March 15 at Schramm Education Center near Gretna. Alie Mayes, watchable wildlife biologist with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, at 2 p.m. will present People Powered Science, a program about citizen science, as part of the Schramm Sunday Speaker Series. This series is a monthly program in which experts deliver presentations on the natural and cultural history of Nebraska. The series is designed to promote …

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March outdoor calendar

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in March. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for more event details and a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes. March 1-14 – Archery paddlefish permit application period March 2 – Fisheries public informational meeting, Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District, Chadron March 3 – Fisheries public informational meeting, Mid-Plains Community College North Campus, North Platte March 7 – Jesse James in Nebraska, …

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Part of Fremont Lakes SRA temporarily closed

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The portion of Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area (SRA) south of Military Avenue in Fremont is temporarily closed due to high flows of the Platte River and the potential for rapid changes in the area’s lake levels. Recent flooding caused by ice jams on the Platte has resulted in some SRA lake levels to rise well above surrounding lakes. That created the potential for overtopping and erosion of low areas. Staff is monitoring the status of the …

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See debut of ‘Exploring Nebraska’s State Parks’ March 1 on NET

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Some of Nebraska’s most scenic, natural and cherished destinations will be spotlighted when “Exploring Nebraska’s State Parks” premieres at 8 p.m. CT on Sunday, March 1 on NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations. See why all eight state parks – Chadron, Fort Robinson, Smith Falls, Niobrara, Ponca, Eugene T. Mahoney, Platte River, and Indian Cave – are special not only to people who return to visit year after year, but by those who work at them. Separately, …

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Tips for safe, successful late-season ice-fishing

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Safety is always paramount when ice-fishing in Nebraska. Safe, fishable ice can disappear quickly during February or March. Daryl Bauer, fisheries outreach program manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, has the following tips for safe late-season ice-fishing: — Ice gets thinnest and worse near shore first, especially in areas exposed to the afternoon sun. Be especially careful when you start seeing weak ice in those areas. — Four-inch-thick ice may be fine for early in …

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Bighorn sheep captures aid research

CHADRON, Neb. — Bighorn sheep in the Panhandle are sporting some new hardware this week thanks to the work of a helicopter capture crew, wildlife professionals and volunteers. South Dakota State University joined the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in capturing and processing a total of 44 sheep Thursday, Friday and Saturday — 28 in the Wildcat Hills near McGrew and 16 at three locations in the Pine Ridge near Chadron and Crawford. Wildlife professionals have ramped up monitoring efforts …

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Game and Parks accepting grant applications for projects promoting outdoor recreation through new online portal

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is now accepting grant applications for 2020 to promote outdoor recreation facilities and amenities for political subdivision parks and outdoor recreation areas through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF was established by Congress in 1964 to ensure access to outdoor recreation resources for present and future generations and to provide money to governments to purchase land, water and wetlands to benefit all. The primary source of revenue for …

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Applicants to see changes to archery paddlefish process

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept archery paddlefish permit applications March 1-14. Applicants will notice some changes in the application process this year. The application period begins at 1 p.m. Central Time on March 1. Mail applications must be received in Game and Parks’ Lincoln office by 5 p.m. and online applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 14. A person must be 12 years old by June 1 to apply for an …

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Many Rainwater Basin wetlands appear to have lost water

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Many Rainwater Basin wetlands observed during a survey Feb. 12 appear to have lost some water since late fall, but overall conditions still are generally good, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The estimate of water conditions was done when the most of the wetlands were covered with ice, so conditions likely will change as the wetlands thaw. The Light Goose Conservation Order currently is open and will close April 5 in the Rainwater Basin …

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