Fire-plagued land along Niobrara River may become state's lab

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Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 12:00 am

A slice of land on the Niobrara River in Cherry County could be a living laboratory on Nebraska woodlands and grasslands.

The 460-acre site southwest of Valentine would be the state's first Forestry and Wildlife Management Area. The Nebraska Forest Service and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission would manage the land to demonstrate how the Niobrara forests and grasslands could be operated for the maximized benefit of ranchers, hunters, the timber industry and others — all while dampening the chances of a wildfire.

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