Nebraska's natural resources districts have created an interactive website that allows you to search dozens of outdoor recreation areas perfect for camping, fishing, a family picnic, hiking/biking, wildlife viewing, and much more.
The interactive website, www.nrdrec.org, allows you to search for recreation areas by NRD, highlight an activity at a recreation area such as boating or fishing, or find a lake with a specific type of fish, says Dean Edson, executive director of the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts.
In addition to providing opportunities for outdoor fun, NRD recreation areas are often built and operated to meet multipurpose needs. NRDs combine recreation facilities with other purposes, including flood control structures to protect lives and property, wildlife habitat enhancement, prevention of soil erosion, control sediment and provide wetland renovation. NRDs often partner on projects with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, as well as other organizations.
"Whether you're looking for a quiet fishing hole, a hiking area or bike path, a place to hunt or camp, or just a scenic spot to enjoy a picnic, chances are you can find what you're looking for by visiting the website," Edson says.
"A Nebraska Outdoor Recreation" app is currently awaiting approval from Apple and will be available at no cost for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad from the iTunes App Store, he says.
The NARD is the trade association for Nebraska's 23 NRDs. These districts, which are unique to Nebraska, are local government entities with broad responsibilities to protect our natural resources. Major Nebraska river basins form the boundaries of the 23 NRDs, enabling districts to respond best to local conservation and resource management needs. To learn more about Nebraska NRDs visit www.nrdnet.org.