First preservation area closer to reality with approval of Niobrara ranch buy

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Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013 12:00 am

LINCOLN — A piece of Niobrara River woods and grassland is a step closer to becoming Nebraska's first forestry and wildlife management area.

State Game and Parks commissioners unanimously approved the acquisition of a small, heavily timbered ranch on the Niobrara west of Valentine. The 460-acre ranch in Cherry County would be actively managed as an outdoor laboratory to show ranchers ways to reduce the chances of wildfire destroying their operations and to manage land for cattle and wildlife.

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