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Count down until 2013 summer camp!
Annual Spring River Clean-Up is May 18!
More details will be coming soon. Please contact our office if you would like to volunteer! We usually begin mid-morning and end with a meal at Smith Falls State Park around 1:00 p.m. Thank you to those who have already signed up. We get a wide variety of groups from all across the state.
Niobrara Council to be Coordinator of Title III funds for Firewise Program
At the March 21, 2013 regular meeting, the Niobrara Council was voted to become the coordinating agency for the Cherry County Title III funds and to prepare and seek approval of an interlocal agreement with the Niobrara Council, Cherry County, Brown County, Rock County, Keya Paha County, the Nebraska Forest Service, Region 24 Emergency Management area, and the Middle and Lower Niobrara NRD's for the purposes of establishing a Firewise Community. More details will be coming soon. In the meantime, you can visit the national Firewise website.
If you would be interested in serving as a committee member for this project, please contact the Niobrara Council office at (402) 376-2793 or email@example.com. We will be forming committees for different target (high-risk) areas so there will be opportunities for many families to get involved.
Have lunch with us!
Are you an outdoor enthusiast with a desire to learn more about the Niobrara National Scenic River? Would you enjoy some company and good discussion but have limited time? Come and join the Niobrara Valley Outdoor Education Partnership (NVOEP) for monthly brown bag luncheons in 2013!
There will also be time to brainstorm about future topics, possible speakers, and locations. The goal will be to meet outdoors when the weather is warmer. This group will also be a way for the public to bring ideas and suggestions to the table for nature programs in the community.
The April Brown Bag Luncheon was presented by Doris Heath, local naturalist. She shared her knowledge and expertise on wild, edible plants. WE WERE UNABLE TO UPLOAD THE POWERPOINT SLIDES HERE SO PLEASE E-MAIL MICHELLE firstname.lastname@example.org OR CALL 402-376-2793 IF YOU WOULD LIKE A COPY. Please note that great care should be taken when collecting and consuming wild plants - it can be difficult to correctly identify different species and you should have an experienced collector accompany you. Some plants have a "false" poisonous counterpart that is difficult to distinguish.
The March Brown Bag Luncheon was "Greening Your Garden". We had a great turn-out and compiled a list of local tried-and-true tips for raising a garden that is truly in-tune with the environment. Here are some resources from that topic:
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THE MISSION OF THE NIOBRARA COUNCIL is to assist in all aspects of the management of the Niobrara National Scenic River corridor since a portion of the Niobrara River has been designated as a national scenic river under 16 U.S.C. 1274(a)(117), as such section existed on May 24, 1991.
The Niobrara Council's enabling legislation gives them express authority and responsibility to manage the Niobrara National Scenic River in conjunction with the National Park Service.
All activity within the Niobrara National Scenic River corridor shall be consistent with the purpose of the scenic river designation, including the scenic river's free-flowing condition and scenic, geological, biological, agricultural, historic and prehistoric resources.