Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

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Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
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Agency overview
FormedEstablished in 1901;118 years ago (1901), by the Nebraska Legislature
Jurisdiction State of Nebraska
Headquarters2200 N. 33rd St., Lincoln, Nebraska 68503-0370
40°50′05″N96°40′19″W / 40.834668°N 96.671812°W / 40.834668; -96.671812 Coordinates: 40°50′05″N96°40′19″W / 40.834668°N 96.671812°W / 40.834668; -96.671812
Agency executives
  • Jim Douglas, Director [1]
  • Tim McCoy, Deputy Director
Website outdoornebraska.gov
Map
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Nebraska Game and Parks Jurisdiction within the State of Nebraska in the United States, highlighted in red.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) is the State of Nebraska's State agency charged with stewardship of the state's fish, wildlife, state park, and outdoor recreation resources. The agency is led by a governor-appointed member commission consisting of 9 commissioners which directs agency management. The commission is also charged with issuing of state hunting licenses, fishing licenses, and boat registrations. The agency also manages State Parks and recreation areas throughout the state. It conducts public education programs for hunting and boating safety. The agency is headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Nebraska State of the United States of America

Nebraska is a state that lies in both the Great Plains and the Midwestern United States. It is bordered by South Dakota to the north; Iowa to the east and Missouri to the southeast, both across the Missouri River; Kansas to the south; Colorado to the southwest; and Wyoming to the west. It is the only triply landlocked U.S. state.

Fish vertebrate animal that lives in water and (typically) has gills

Fish are gill-bearing aquatic craniate animals that lack limbs with digits. They form a sister group to the tunicates, together forming the olfactores. Included in this definition are the living hagfish, lampreys, and cartilaginous and bony fish as well as various extinct related groups. Tetrapods emerged within lobe-finned fishes, so cladistically they are fish as well. However, traditionally fish are rendered paraphyletic by excluding the tetrapods. Because in this manner the term "fish" is defined negatively as a paraphyletic group, it is not considered a formal taxonomic grouping in systematic biology, unless it is used in the cladistic sense, including tetrapods. The traditional term pisces is considered a typological, but not a phylogenetic classification.

Wildlife undomesticated organisms that grow or live wild in an area without being introduced by humans

Wildlife traditionally refers to undomesticated animal species, but has come to include all organisms that grow or live wild in an area without being introduced by humans. Wildlife can be found in all ecosystems. Deserts, forests, rain forests, plains, grasslands and other areas including the most developed urban areas, all have distinct forms of wildlife. While the term in popular culture usually refers to animals that are untouched by human factors, most scientists agree that much wildlife is affected by human activities.

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Board of Commissioners

The agency is governed by a board of nine commissioners, with one commissioner representing each of the eight commission districts and one At-Large commissioner. Each commissioner is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Legislature to a 6-year term. The commission meets six times per year. [2] The following is the current makeup of Commissioners:

Governor of Nebraska head of state and of government of the U.S. state of Nebraska

The Governor of Nebraska holds the "supreme executive power" of the U.S. state of Nebraska as provided by the fourth article of the Nebraska Constitution. The current office holder is Pete Ricketts, a Republican, who was sworn in on January 8, 2015. The current Lieutenant Governor is Mike Foley, who also assumed office on January 8, 2015.

Nebraska Legislature

The Nebraska Legislature is the supreme legislative body of the state of Nebraska. Its members are "senators." The legislature is officially unicameral and nonpartisan, making Nebraska unique among U.S. states; no other state has either a unicameral or a nonpartisan legislative body, but partisanship does occur in a de facto fashion. With 49 members, it is also the smallest legislature of any U.S. state.

Wahoo, Nebraska City in Nebraska, United States

Wahoo is a city and county seat of Saunders County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 4,508 at the 2010 census.

Omaha, Nebraska City in Nebraska, United States

Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska and the county seat of Douglas County. Omaha is located in the Midwestern United States on the Missouri River, about 10 miles (15 km) north of the mouth of the Platte River. The nation's 40th-largest city, Omaha's 2018 estimated population was 466,061.

Columbus, Nebraska City in Nebraska, United States

Columbus is a city in and the county seat of Platte County, in the state of Nebraska in the Midwestern United States. The population was 22,111 at the 2010 census.

District Offices

The Game and Parks Commission operates four regional offices: [3]

Alliance, Nebraska City in Nebraska, United States

Alliance is a city in Box Butte County, in the northwestern part of the state of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. Its population was 8,491 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Box Butte County.

North Platte, Nebraska City in Nebraska, United States

North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. It is located in the southwestern part of the state, along Interstate 80, at the confluence of the North and South Platte Rivers forming the Platte River. The population was 24,733 at the 2010 census.

Norfolk, Nebraska City in Nebraska, United States

Norfolk is a city in Madison County, Nebraska, United States, 113 miles northwest of Omaha and 83 miles west of Sioux City at the intersection of U.S. Routes 81 and 275. The population was 24,210 at the 2010 census, making it the ninth-largest city in Nebraska. It is the principal city of the Norfolk Micropolitan Statistical Area.

In addition, service centers that issue hunting & fishing licenses and issue other permits are located in: Bassett, Kearney, Gretna, and Omaha.

Bassett, Nebraska City in Nebraska, United States

Bassett is a city in Rock County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 619 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Rock County.

Kearney, Nebraska City in Nebraska, United States

Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 30,787 at the 2010 census. It is home to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The westward push of the railroad as the Civil War ended gave birth to the community.

Gretna, Nebraska City in Nebraska, United States

Gretna is a city in Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 4,441 at the 2010 census.

State Parks and Recreation areas

See main article: Nebraska State Parks

Among the park facilities controlled by the commission are the state's 85 state-owned parks facilities, divided into four categories:

Wildlife Management

The agency manages over 250 state Wildlife Management Areas. The acquisition and maintenance of these areas is funded entirely through hunting and fishing license fees. Primitive camping is generally allowed in these areas.

Law Enforcement

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission - Division of Law Enforcement (Conservation Officers)
AbbreviationGPC
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionNebraska, U.S.
Size77,421 square miles (200,520 km2)
Population1,774,571 (2007 est.) [4]
Governing body Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
General nature
Headquarters Lincoln, Nebraska

Conservation Officers58 (as of 2007) [5]
Agency executive
  • Craig Stover, Law Enforcement Division Administrator
Patrol Districts4 - Northwest (Scottsbluff), Southeast (Lincoln), Northeast (Norfolk), and Southwest (North Platte)
Website
http://outdoornebraska.gov/conservationofficers/

The commission is charged with enforcement of fish, wildlife, boating, and other state and federal laws and regulations within the state. Conservation officers patrol public lands including state parks, wildlife management areas, rivers, lakes, and other areas for law violations. Conservation officers are fully commissioned State law enforcement officers and can enforce all state laws and regulations throughout the state. These officers also conduct public outreach to educate the public on water safety, firearm safety, and stewardship of public natural resources. [6]

Law enforcement patrol districts

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References

  1. http://outdoornebraska.gov/about/
  2. http://outdoornebraska.gov/commissioners/
  3. http://outdoornebraska.gov/locations/
  4. 2007 Population Estimates Archived 2008-09-18 at the Library of Congress Web Archives
  5. USDOJ Statistics Archived 2008-11-20 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. http://outdoornebraska.gov/conservationofficers/