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

Tax Check-off Benefits Wildlife, Habitat Conservation


LINCOLN – Tax season provides a unique opportunity for Nebraskans to contribute to wildlife and habitat conservation. Line 42 on the 2014 state income tax form (Form 1040N) allows individuals to donate all or a part of their tax refund to the Nebraska Wildlife Conservation Fund, ¬which focuses on saving Nebraska’s wildlife and wild places. “The check-off is one of the principal sources of state funding used to conserve more than 95 percent of fish and wildlife species that are ... Read More »

February Outdoor Calendar


LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in February: Feb. 1 – White-fronted goose hunting season closes Feb. 1 – Archery 101: Know Your Bow: Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St., Lincoln, 4 p.m., 402-471-6141 Feb. 1 – Super Bowl Sunday Mini-Lodge Package, Ponca State Park (SP), Ponca, 402-755-2284 Feb. 4 – Prescribed Burn Training workshop, Lifelong Learning Center, 801 E. Benjamin Ave., Norfolk, 9 ... Read More »

Birds and Binoculars Feb. 7 at Mahoney SP


LINCOLN – Join bird lovers of all ages Feb. 7 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park for the Birds and Binoculars workshop. Interested birders should meet at 9 a.m. at the lower level of the Riverview Group Lodge, where the guided hike and bird identification workshop will begin. The event is scheduled in preparation for the Audubon Society’s Great Backyard Bird Count, an annual event in which participants count birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. This year’s ... Read More »

Water Over Roads Temporarily Closes Two Rivers SRA


LINCOLN – A typical spring rise of the Platte River has resulted in minor lowland flooding and the temporary closure of Two Rivers State Recreation Area (SRA) in Douglas County. Two people in a camper were escorted out of the park on the morning of Jan. 27 when an ice jam sent water and chunks of ice over the river bank, making roads impassable. The main road into the park has been closed. Two other Nebraska Game and Parks Commission ... Read More »

Big Equipment, Big Projects at Chadron State Park

A track hoe operated by Rich Halverson loads a dump truck with soil excavated from the pond at Chadron State Park. The pond will be as deep as 14 feet after its renovation. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

Chadron State Park is visited by multitudes of big RVs and pull-type campers in the summer. It is getting a good share of its winter traffic this season from other types of big vehicles. They include a Caterpillar track hoe, six-wheeled dump trucks, a Timbco tree feller and a skidder. The big vehicles have been contracted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to renovate the park’s pond and thin trees. The separate projects are expected to be substantially complete ... Read More »

Game and Parks to Receive Grants for Habitat


LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will receive $1.2 million in federal grants over the next five years from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help private landowners improve grasslands and croplands for wildlife habitat and agriculture production. The money was provided through the USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The RCPP is a new program in the 2014 Farm Bill managed by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, NRCS forms a ... Read More »

Become a Certified Youth Fishing Instructor


LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will certify youth fishing instructors March 7 at Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, 21502 W. Neb. Hwy. 31, Gretna, from 9 a.m. to noon. Youth fishing instructors will receive training and tools to conduct fishing clinics. These volunteers will have access to Game and Parks’ loaner fishing equipment and educational materials for events, as well as receive program incentives. They also are encouraged to volunteer for such Game and Parks programs as Family Fishing Nights ... Read More »

Nebraska Natural Legacy Partnership Team Requests Innovative Proposals


LINCOLN – The Nebraska Natural Legacy Partnership Team (NLPT) is requesting proposals that will facilitate the expansion of the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project in any of the 39 Biologically Unique Landscapes. The NLPT is looking for proactive, collaborative opportunities to conserve wildlife in Nebraska by reaching out to landowners, local communities, conservation and agricultural organizations. The NLPT will competitively award proposals for innovative projects that may be habitat improvement, research, inventory, monitoring, planning or a combination of these types. Projects ... Read More »

Nebraska Turkeys Heading to Montana


CHADRON — In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Nebraska reintroduced wild turkeys from other states to its landscape after the big birds had been extirpated decades earlier during the nation’s westward expansion. The reintroduction was so successful that turkeys have again become common border-to-border and Nebraska is now able to return the favor to another state. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission led an effort this week to trap wild turkeys on a ranch near Whiteclay in northern Sheridan ... Read More »

Pound Middle School to Host NASP Tournament in Lincoln


LINCOLN – A statewide youth archery tournament will take place at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln on Feb. 7. The tournament, hosted by Pound Middle School in Lincoln, is open to any participant in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). Competition flights are limited to 32 archers and will begin at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon. Registration is 45 minutes before each flight. The cost is $10. NASP is an in-school curriculum ... Read More »