Game and Parks Increasing Outreach With Meeting in Norfolk

NORFOLK – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is trying to expand its outreach efforts.

As part of that push, the Commission held their monthly meeting in Norfolk on Friday on the campus of Northeast Community College. Commission chair Rex Fisher says that the their goal is to reach out to more of the people affected by their policy decisions, and make sure the public is informed.

“Our hunters and fisherman are pretty passionate” Fisher said. “They’re conservationists. They’re out there and they’re into it. That’s why we want to give them opportunities to participate.”

Fisher said partnering with Northeast also allowed them the chance to make a little history, as for the first time ever a Game and Parks meeting was live streamed on the web.

“We want as many people as possible to know how we do business and everything going on with all of our game and parks and everything we do across the state of Nebraska,” said Fisher.

Among the decisions made Friday, the Commission voted to reduce the number of antlerless-only whitetail permits along the Missouri River corridor by over 5,000 this year in an effort to help replenish the whitetail population. The Commission also approved increased rates for the Ponca State Park Aquatic Center, as that renovated facility gets ready to open this summer.

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