Community leaders are committing resources to keep open Pelican Point, Oliver Reservoir, Rock Creek and Cottonwood Lake state recreation areas.
They were among the 29 state park areas targeted for temporary closure by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
In addition, community leaders are working to provide staffing and funding to reinstate events this fall and winter at Arbor Lodge, Fort Atkinson and Buffalo Bill Ranch state historical parks and Alexandria State Recreation Area.
The Game and Parks recently announced the temporary closure of all services and vehicle access at 24 state recreation areas and five state historical parks from fall to spring. Except for the dates of any reinstated events, Fort Atkinson would close Oct. 7 and reopen May 1 and Arbor Lodge would close Sept. 23 and reopen April 23.
The reason for the temporary park closures is to redirect Game and Parks staff and resources from the closed areas in an effort to reduce the more than $30 million backlog of deferred maintenance needs and meet compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and environmental requirements.
“Game and Parks is willing to work with local leaders and organizations so they can host events or extend the open period at park areas impacted by the temporary closures,” Game and Parks Director Jim Douglas said. “We understand the importance of these events to local communities and it is gratifying that they understand our challenges and are working with us to continue services at these park areas.”
Training for instructors
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will train apprentice firearm hunter education instructors Oct. 17 in Norfolk. The workshop will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center, 601 E. Benjamin Ave.
Register by Oct. 16. Contact Mike Streeter at 402-471-6134 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit huntsafenebraska.org.
Perfect all-around trap score
Richard Marshall Jr. has become only the second shooter in an ATA championship shoot to record a perfect 400x400 in the high all-around event since the inception of clay target trapshooting in the late 1800s.
The all-around is made up of 200 championship singles, 100 championship doubles and 100 championship handicap.
He also shot 991x1,000 for the week at the 26th Annual Western Grand American Trapshoot in Vernal, Utah at the Vernal Rod and Gun club.
Marshall, a shooting instructor, is a member of the Lincoln Trap and Skeet Club and a multi-year member of the ATA All-America team.
» Postmark deadline for Great Park Pursuit nature impressions
» Center of the Nation half and full marathons, Chadron SP, Chadron, 308-432-6167
» Muzzleloader antelope hunting season opens
» Woodcock hunting season opens
» Storm the Fort 5K Run, Fort Atkinson SHP, Fort Calhoun, 402-468-5611
» Start of Missouri River Outdoor Expo, Ponca SP, Ponca, 402-755-2284
» Start of Applejack Festival and Fine Arts Show, Arbor Lodge SHP, Nebraska City, 402-873-7222
SUNDAY, SEPT. 22
» Meat shoot, Sportsmen of Nebraskaland Trap Range. noon to 5 p.m., I-80 to Mahoney Park exit 426 and follow the signs. Call Scott at 402-515-0953 or Jeff at 402-650-9211, or visit the website at www.sportsmenofnebraskaland.org.