From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
-- LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners approved funding of six Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant applications, six Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant applications, funding of the Trail Development Assistance (TDA) grant program for the 2009 fiscal year, and addressed a number of other issues at their regular meeting Jan. 16.
The LWCF grant applications and amounts approved were for the village of Pleasanton, zero-depth splash pool, $25,000; the city of St. Paul, tennis court renovation, $32,500; the city of Genoa, ball field restroom, $36,000; the city of Henderson, Henderson Sports Complex, $40,200; the city of Dakota City, Cottonwood Cove update, $15,450; the village of Malcolm, baseball field improvements, $6,250.
The RTP grant applications and amounts approved for funding were the city of Fremont, Johnson Lake Trail, $150,000; Branched Oak State Recreation Area (SRA), equestrian trailhead and trail, $52,500; the city of Friend, lake trail, $131,346; the city of Lincoln, Billy Wolff Connector, $136,373; Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, Antelope Valley pedestrian bridge, $150,000; Lower Platte South NRD/Lancaster County, motocross track, $356,756.
The Commissioners approved funding of the Commission's TDA trail project in the amount of $51,433.27 for maintenance work on the Lied Platte River Bridge. Funds will be matched by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds on a 75/25 matching basis.
In other action, the Commissioners amended fishing regulations to include a $1 issuing fee, effective in 2010, to the cost of the following permits: Commercial Put and Take Permit, Nonresident Fish Dealer's Permit, Missouri River Commercial Fishing Permit, Inland Waters Commercial Fishing Permit, Aquaculturist Permit, Bait Dealer Permit, and Special Fishing Permit for Severely Physically Disabled or Developmentally Disabled Persons.
They also approved revisions to the Hunter/Bowhunter Education Program policy manual for the purpose of clarifying and updating language, and approved acquisition of an 888-acre tract of land in Scotts Bluff County that will be managed for wildlife diversity and hunting. It will be known as Montz Point Wildlife Management Area (WMA) southwest of Scottsbluff.
The commissioners called for public hearings at the next meeting to consider amendments to general regulations governing wildlife species, regarding personal quotas for big game permits, allowable weapons, legal possession of meat, wildlife damage control program and fur harvesting regulations; to consider amendments to wildlife regulations governing administration and use of property; to consider amendments to administration regulations regarding the setting of lottery application fees for a season choice statewide buck permit and a combination antelope, deer, elk and turkey permit; to consider amendments to boating regulations; to consider amendments to wildlife regulations regarding antelope, deer and elk; and to consider amendments to wildlife regulations regarding endangered and threatened species.