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062 SUMMER DAZE
Niobrara Valley Preserve, Nebraska. In late August, a misty morning haze hangs over the Niobrara River Wild and Scenic Riverway in north central Nebraska. As August turns into September, the first signs of fall arrive as cooler nights and morning fog linger in river and creek valleys bring needed respite to the long hot late summer days in the northern plains. Located on the northern edge of the Sandhills, the Niobrara River valley is considered a major biological crossroads where eastern, western and northern plant communities and associated wildlife meet. The sprawling Niobrara Valley Preserve, owned by The Nature Conservancy, is one of many protected natural areas along the river corridor.