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From the desk of Jerry Kane, Public Information Officer for NGPC.

Nebraska Game and Parks Offices to be closed on upcoming holidays

LINCOLN – All Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offices will be closed Oct. 12 for Columbus Day and Nov. 11 for Veterans Day. The closures include Game and Parks headquarters in Lincoln, district offices in Norfolk, North Platte and Alliance, service centers in Bassett and Kearney, Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium and the Omaha office. The Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln will be open on Columbus Day. It will be closed on Veterans Day, which falls on a Wednesday ... Read More »

High blue-green algae levels detected at Smith Lake

LINCOLN – Hunters should be aware of high levels of blue-green algae that were recently detected at Smith Lake Wildlife Management Area in Sheridan County. It is recommended that visitors to the lake, especially waterfowl hunters, avoid contact with the water and should not let dogs or other pets drink from the lake, as high levels of blue-green algae can be lethal if ingested. Non-contact activities such as boating, fishing and camping are not affected by this caution. The area ... Read More »

Valentine National Wildlife Refuge Aquatic Habitat Project Continues

LINCOLN – An aquatic habitat project that began this spring at the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge south of Valentine will continue this fall and into 2016. The project addresses the presence of nuisance common carp in the system and their passage through the existing water control structures. Control structures, berm improvements, fish barriers and dredging were planned at Watts, Hackberry, Dewey, Whitewater, Clear, Pelican and Willow lakes. Work has progressed and construction has been partially completed at both Watts and ... Read More »

Boy Scouts, Volunteers Planting Trees at Chadron State Park

Tree planters at Fort Robinson State Park

About 250 Boy Scouts of the Longs Peak Council will gather at Chadron State Park this weekend to plant trees in areas burned by the 2012 wildfire that entered the popular northwestern Nebraska tourism attraction and burned much of its ponderosa pine forest and surrounding areas. The public is invited to assist in the planting of 3,000 trees in the park Saturday morning. Participants will begin planting trees after an education session at 8 a.m. and are expected to finish ... Read More »

New Cowboy Trail Section Celebrated in Rushville

Cowboy Trail

Kris Ferguson had a lot to celebrate Saturday. It was her birthday, but that milestone came secondary to the party for one of her greatest labors of love. Ferguson is the Gordon cyclist who turned tragedy to triumph after being struck by a motor vehicle while riding along Nebraska Highway 27 south of the Sheridan County city. While recuperating from the 2011 accident, which required her to be flown to Scottsbluff for emergency care, she launched an effort to develop ... Read More »

High Toxic Algae, E. Coli Levels Detected at Several Nebraska Lakes


LINCOLN – A health advisory is in effect for lakes at four Nebraska state recreation areas. During testing earlier this week, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) detected elevated levels of toxic algae at Rockford Lake in Gage County, Swan Creek Lake No. 5A at Willard L. Meyer Recreation Area in Saline County, and at Pawnee Lake in Lancaster County. While elevated algae levels have been recorded throughout the summer at Willow Creek Lake in Pierce County, levels were ... Read More »

Winter Backyard Bird Habitat Workshop Is Nov. 5 in Lincoln


LINCOLN – The bird workshop sponsored by the Wild Bird Habitat Stores of Lincoln and Omaha and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission scheduled for Oct. 8 now will take place Nov. 5. Learn how to create winter backyard bird habitat at the event at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln. The free workshop will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the education center, located at 4703 N. 44th St. Reserve a spot in the workshop at: ... Read More »

Fall Trout Stocking Has Begun


LINCOLN – Catchable-size rainbow trout are being stocked by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in October to enhance fishing opportunities this fall and winter. Trout fishing is a great way to introduce children to fishing because simple and inexpensive equipment may be used. A spinning or spin-cast rod and reel with a hook baited with a worm will work well. Add a split shot a couple feet above the hook and a bobber a couple of feet above the ... Read More »

Commission Reminds Hunters That Goose Lake WMA Closed Because of Plant Invasion


LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds hunters that Goose Lake Wildlife Management Area, located southeast of Chambers in Holt County, is closed to public access until further notice. The closure is necessary because of a heavy infestation of Eurasian watermilfoil, an invasive aquatic plant, at the lake. Eurasian watermilfoil can spread rapidly because a single fragment of stem or leaf can take root and form a new colony, and plants can grow up to 2 inches per ... Read More »

Krivohlavek Sets Record at Nebraska Youth Smallbore Silhouette Invitational


LINCOLN – Kylie Krivohlavek of Seward set an event record by hitting 39 of 40 targets to win the 2015 Nebraska Youth Smallbore Silhouette Invitational at Pressey Wildlife Management Area south of Broken Bow on Sept. 26. Colin Wooldrik of West Point and Megan Vrbka of Staplehurst each hit 36 targets. Competitors fired 40 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition with a rifle unsupported and off hand at metal silhouette targets. Each shot 10 shots at targets that were 43, 66, ... Read More »