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The Importance of Ecotourism By Governor Dave Heineman

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

The Importance of Ecotourism

By Governor Dave Heineman

March 26, 2012


Dear Fellow Nebraskans:


Last week, I was pleased host Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas and Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado as we met to discuss common efforts and issues related to ecotourism and economic development. In addition to discussing tourism efforts, my colleagues and I had the opportunity to view the world-renowned migration of the sandhill cranes, a significant ecotourism attraction in Nebraska.


From mid-February to mid-April each year, visitors to the Platte River valley in south-central Nebraska can enjoy the migration of 90 percent of the world’s sandhill cranes. Our location along the central flyway provides wildlife watchers the opportunity to experience the annual migration of 500,000 Sandhill cranes as they stop along a 40 mile stretch of the Platte River en route to their summer breeding grounds in Canada, Alaska and Siberia.


The abundance of rivers and waterways in our state create excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation. Our amazing state parks also play a vital role in attracting visitors. Nebraska offers a range of landscapes from pine-covered bluffs in the northwest to the rolling Sandhills and prairie grasslands of central Nebraska. There are unique and picturesque rock formations in western Nebraska, scenic river communities along the Missouri River and acres of wide open range and pastureland in between.


Ecotourism is vital in Nebraska where 97 percent of the land is privately owned. Forging partnerships with private land owners are critical in providing access to our beautiful landscapes and bountiful hunting opportunities.


According to statistics gathered by the Nebraska Division of Tourism and Travel in the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Nebraskans and visitors to Nebraska together made more than 19 million trips in the state in 2010 to destinations 100 miles or more away from home. Travelers spent nearly $4 billion in Nebraska during 2010 on day trips more than 100 miles away and trips with overnight stays. Annual spending on these trips has increased by $2.3 billion since 1990. Jobs attributable to travel in Nebraska totaled more than 45,000 in 2010. For trips by visitors, the leading states of origin were Kansas, Iowa, Colorado, Missouri and South Dakota.


Together with hunting, fishing, birding, camping, hiking, and biking, opportunities for outdoor recreation are some of the fastest growing segments of our tourism industry. Growth in all these areas is helping to make Nebraska a tourism destination. In addition, visitors experience all the great things Nebraska has to offer, and then spread the word to friends and family members. I look forward to continued growth in ecotourism across our state.

Val Kilmer Wins Right to Turn Pecos River Ranch into a B&B

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Val Kilmer Wins Right To Turn Pecos River Ranch Into A Bed and Breakfast

by Deidre Woollard (RSS feed) Jun 24th 2010 at 10:45AM

A couple of days ago we wrote about Val Kilmer’s fight to get his Pecos River Ranch in New Mexico approved as a bed and breakfast, now it seems an apology has turned the tide. His neighbors originally fought the proposal because of some unfavorable comments he made about life in New Mexico including a quote in Rolling Stone magazine about how he lived in “the homicide capital of the Southwest.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement for a place that Kilmer wants to draw tourists to even though Kilmer has said he was misquoted.

The San Miguel County Commission has suggested to Kilmer that he step forward and set the record straight and that’s what he did showing up at the hearing on June 23. He presented his case to the crowd, explaining that he loves his home in New Mexico. After a mea culpa in which Kilmer said he understood why people were so upset, New Mexico’s San Miguel County decided the nearly 6,000 acre Pecos River Ranch can operate as a bed-and-breakfast retreat.

The ranch is located approximately 22 miles northeast of Santa Fe and has ample wildlife and a trail system that snakes throughout the property. It is located along a seven-mile stretch of the Pecos River which offers great opportunities for fishing. Last year in a video interview with KOB-TV Kilmer said that when he put the ranch up for sale he was not planning to leave the state. Kilmer said that he only listed the whole ranch to “try and attract a business partner for an idea I have about a sustainable, off-the-grid community.” Back in 2006 he had also offered an 1,800 acre parcel of the ranch for $18 million. Earlier this year the Pecos River Ranch website listed one-bedroom casitas renting at $200 per night.

Kilmer joins a long line of celebrity hotel and inn owners including Richard Gere, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert DeNiro and Robert Redford.

Gallery: Val Kilmer’s Pecos River Ranch
as published in PAII Innfo Newsletter

B&B Geneaology Vacation

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Plan your next vacation at a B&B in Nebraska to discover your roots.
Whether you come from a big or small family, we all have roots that begin somewhere. Take a closer look at family origins beginning with “Trace Family Roots at a Bed and Breakfast” packages available at any Nebraska B&B that has a genealogy center nearby. Bed and Breakfast let guests who are curious about learning more about their ancestral ties do just that by providing access to genealogical records and historical documents.

Various members of NABB may provide easy options for families or individuals to enjoy the comfort of a special experience, not only at the B&B, but also walk the same paths your ancestors may have walked. Some family ties can be likened to fraternal bond between friends.

In “Bed and Breakfasts Man Up with Mancation Specials – Take a Time Out with the Guys,” we give the guys some hang time or downtime to spend with their buds at B&Bs that offer guys getaways. Guys have a variety of options to spend their free time at a B&B ranging from beer brewing, clay pigeon shooting, watching sports, hunting, fishing or living the life of a cowboy.

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