The Niobrara Council is a partner on a new Community Garden project in Valentine. There will be a work day on May 28 to prepare the site for planting yet this spring. All community members are invited to come and work or just stop by and see what the project is all about from 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. that day. The location is the empty lot between the Comfort Inn and Wells Fargo Bank on Main Street. For more information, contact us or Joseph Carty at 402-322-3304.
Niobrara Council to be Coordinator of Title III funds for Firewise Program
At the March 21, 2013 regular meeting, the Niobrara Council was voted to become the coordinating agency for the Cherry County Title III funds and to prepare and seek approval of an interlocal agreement with the Niobrara Council, Cherry County, Brown County, Rock County, Keya Paha County, the Nebraska Forest Service, Region 24 Emergency Management area, and the Middle and Lower Niobrara NRD's for the purposes of establishing a Firewise Community. More details will be coming soon. In the meantime, you can visit the national Firewise website.
If you would be interested in serving as a committee member for this project, please contact the Niobrara Council office at (402) 376-2793 or email@example.com. We will be forming committees for different target (high-risk) areas so there will be opportunities for many families to get involved.
Thank you to all who helped with Spring River Clean-Up!
A big thank you to everyone who braved the stormy weekend to help with the annual Spring River Clean-Up on May 18! Despite having fewer vessels on the water due to the fast-moving current, we still were able to pick up lots of trash on foot. We hope to see all of you again next year!
Have lunch with us!
Are you an outdoor enthusiast with a desire to learn more about the Niobrara National Scenic River? Would you enjoy some company and good discussion but have limited time? Come and join the Niobrara Valley Outdoor Education Partnership (NVOEP) for monthly brown bag luncheons in 2013!
There will also be time to brainstorm about future topics, possible speakers, and locations. The goal will be to meet outdoors when the weather is warmer. This group will also be a way for the public to bring ideas and suggestions to the table for nature programs in the community.
THERE WILL BE NO BROWN BAG LUNCHEONS IN MAY AND JUNE DUE TO SUMMER CAMPS.
The April Brown Bag Luncheon was presented by Doris Heath, local naturalist. She shared her knowledge and expertise on wild, edible plants. WE WERE UNABLE TO UPLOAD THE POWERPOINT SLIDES HERE SO PLEASE E-MAIL MICHELLE firstname.lastname@example.org OR CALL 402-376-2793 IF YOU WOULD LIKE A COPY. Please note that great care should be taken when collecting and consuming wild plants - it can be difficult to correctly identify different species and you should have an experienced collector accompany you. Some plants have a "false" poisonous counterpart that is difficult to distinguish.
The March Brown Bag Luncheon was "Greening Your Garden". We had a great turn-out and compiled a list of local tried-and-true tips for raising a garden that is truly in-tune with the environment. Here are some resources from that topic:
Click here to learn more about a free NEW resource available through the Niobrara Council Office!
THE MISSION OF THE NIOBRARA COUNCIL is to assist in all aspects of the management of the Niobrara National Scenic River corridor since a portion of the Niobrara River has been designated as a national scenic river under 16 U.S.C. 1274(a)(117), as such section existed on May 24, 1991.
The Niobrara Council's enabling legislation gives them express authority and responsibility to manage the Niobrara National Scenic River in conjunction with the National Park Service.
All activity within the Niobrara National Scenic River corridor shall be consistent with the purpose of the scenic river designation, including the scenic river's free-flowing condition and scenic, geological, biological, agricultural, historic and prehistoric resources.