The mission of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is stewardship of the state's fish, wildlife, park, and outdoor recreation resources in the best long-term interests of the people and those resources.
To accomplish that purpose, the Commission plans and implements its policies and programs efficiently and objectively; maintains a rich and diverse environment in Nebraska's lands and waters; provides outdoor recreation opportunities; manages wildlife resources for the maximum benefit of the people; and attempts to help Nebraskans appreciate their role in the natural world.
Our agency is governed by a board of Commissioners appointed by the governor of Nebraska. The Commissioners appoint a Director for a 6-year term. The agency is divided into divisions.
Enforcing the laws and regulations pertaining to fishing, hunting, boating and the state parks system, is a vital part of management. Effective natural resources law enforcement can be divided into three categories: (1) education demonstrates the purpose and need for existing laws and regulations, (2) selective law enforcement allows officers to concentrate their efforts where specific problems are occurring, and (3) general enforcement concentrates on prevention and control of violations in an offi ndividual patrol area.
Officers are well-trained, mobile and well-equipped. They strive for high visibility, which in itself serves to educate and to deter unlawful conduct to benefit of Nebraskans and the resource.
- Hunter Education
- Bowhunter Education
- Boating Education
Operations and Construction
This division assists other divisions with personnel and equipment for construction, maintenance, transportation and warehouse services. Duties are assigned to two sections:
This unit handles the daily supervision, operation and maintenance of unmanned areas. Responsibilities also include the establishment of tree nurseries and maintaining a tree transplanting program, assisting with regulation enforcement, public contact relating to unmanned areas, and providing and manning an equipment and material supply warehouse for the Parks Division.
Personnel in this section are trained in construction and heavy maintenance skills to supervise and operate heavy equipment and install and maintain utility services. In addition, personnel trained in building trades and crafts supervise and assist with construction, renovation, and repair of agency building facilities.
The 88 state park areas across the state offer a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. Some parks offer modern campgrounds, cabins, swimming pools and trail rides, while at others visitors may enjoy the cultural interpretation of a historic site. Still other opportunities include such things as boating and fishing at Nebraska's many lakes, primitive camping in the Pine Ridge country and backpacking along the Missouri River.
Nebraska's park areas are managed by four categories:
- State Parks: Public use areas of significant scenic, scientific and/or historical values and of sufficient size to allow adequate development without infringing on the primary values.
- State Recreation Areas: Areas that possess resource values primarily associated with active outdoor recreation pursuits, day-use activities and camping. All the state's major water-oriented areas fall in this classification;
- State Historical Parks: Sites that have notable historical significance.
- State Recreation Trails: Linear corridors of statewide or regional significance for non-motorized recreational use; may be equipped with amenities and support facilities appropriate to their intended use.
Park planning is an effort to solve particular park design problems through preparation of graphic designs, descriptive narratives and preliminary cost estimates for various park developments.
The sign shop handled a variety of signs and displays for all Commission areas.
Horticulture & Landscape
To promote the planting and proper care of trees, shrubs and wildflowers in landscapes of the Nebraska Park System.
One of the most important roles of this division is its service to other divisions in legal record keeping, negotiations, appraisals, leasing and acquisition.
Realty is involved in land acquisitions, appraisals, lease renewals, payments and cancellations, appraisal reviews, negotiations and public hearings.