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Gov. Ricketts proclaims 2021 Nebraska’s State Parks Centennial

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska’s state parks are vibrant and diverse. They can be venues of solitude or teeming with activity. After 100 years, they’ve been a little bit of everything to many people. Gov. Pete Ricketts has proclaimed 2021 the year of Nebraska’s State Parks Centennial. It is a year that will see activity in the parks like no other, with events scheduled throughout 2021 across the state. Chadron State Park became Nebraska’s first state park in 1921. The state …

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Survey seeks input this spring, summer on state park areas

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska state park visitors will get a chance to share their experiences this spring and summer. Crews will be in parks conducting surveys every weekend from April 3 through Aug. 8. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is looking for feedback about visitors’ park experiences at 22 state parks, recreation areas and historical parks. It is contracting with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Bureau of Sociological Research to conduct the surveys. Feedback from the survey will help inform …

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Nebraska’s Smaller State Recreation Areas: The Hidden Gems

From casting a line in a pristine trout stream to a kicking back while camping at a scenic, serene oasis, Nebraska’s state park system, celebrating its 100th anniversary, is an outdoor lover’s dream. There are 76 areas in our park system and they truly offer something for everyone. I know. I have firsthand knowledge of all of them. In my 42 years with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. I have been to EVERY. SINGLE.ONE and even worked in our …

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Game and Parks to burn brush piles throughout winter

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will burn brush piles throughout the winter as conditions allow. Many tree and shrub piles occur in areas where trimming has occurred, areas with storm damage or where trees have been cut to improve wildlife habitat. Removing piles when snow is on the ground is safer, and their removal allows for safer prescribed burns later in the year. It also facilitates the area to be seeded to desirable grasses and forbs. …

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Nebraska’s outdoor resources provide fall fun

LINCOLN, Neb. – Fall is here, and Nebraska’s outdoor resources offer a variety of ways to have fun, relax and enjoy nature. Here are a few activities the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission recommends exploring in the coming months. State parks – Less crowded and decorated with autumn color, Nebraska’s state park areas are a great place to be in the fall. Take advantage of the cool weather and enjoy your favorite outdoor recreation activity, whether that be fishing, boating, …

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Free Fishing and Park Entry Day set for Sept. 12

LINCOLN, Neb. – Free Fishing and Park Entry Day in Nebraska has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12. September is a great month to get outdoors in Nebraska! Free Fishing and Park Entry Day allows anyone to explore outdoor opportunities at any Nebraska state park, state recreation area or state historical park without the need to purchase a park entry permit for the day. It also allows anyone to fish for the day without a fishing permit. Anglers must observe …

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July outdoor calendar

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission important dates in July. July 1 – Select state park area service centers will reopen to the public for customer service, information and permit sales (OutdoorNebraska.gov/healthinfo). July 1 – Year-to-date reservation process returns for Nebraska state park area cabins, lodge rooms meeting rooms, group lodges, cabooses, pavilions, and picnic shelters July 1 – Outdoor shooting range reopens, Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area, Gering July 1 – …

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Camping at Nebraska state park areas extremely limited; no tent or beach camping allowed

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Camping currently is extremely limited at Nebraska state parks and recreation areas, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Visitors first should become familiar with the restrictions before planning a trip to Nebraska. Visit OutdoorNebraska.gov/healthinfo for more information. Starting May 20, recreational vehicle camping will be allowed by reservation only at select state park areas where social distancing and group-size recommendations can be maintained to help ensure compliance with the state’s public health directives amid the …

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Game and Parks to temporarily close playgrounds, structures

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

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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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