Saturday, March 19, 2016

Nebraska: Trail Blazed - Full Article

Posted: Friday, March 18, 2016 3:00 am
By Kamie Stephen

NCORPE to open acreage south of North Platte for recreation

One of the goals of NCORPE’s grassland restoration program is to provide recreational activities to the public. Last September, they opened up several thousand acres on a 15,500-acre property south of North Platte for hunting. In April, even more will be opened up for the public to enjoy in the form of a trail system.

“There’s not a lot of public land access for hiking around here,” said Lisa Burke, executive director of the North Platte/Lincoln County Visitors Bureau.

After speaking with members of organizations like the Visitors Bureau, the NCORPE team decided to devote approximately 2,000 acres to a trail. Two trails have been mowed into the grass to form an eight-mile loop.

“[The Visitors Bureau] felt there’s a large need in this area for public access hiking, biking and horseback riding,” said Kyle Shepherd, general manager of NCORPE...

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