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800-acre island added to Missouri National Recreational River

Not every unit of the National Park System can brag about adding an island to its landscape, but Missouri National Recreational River can. And it's no small island, either; Goat Island runs about 800 acres.

The island in the Missouri River was given to the National Park Service to manage back in 2016. Since then, park staff has been working with the State of Nebraska, State of South Dakota, Nebraska's Cedar County, and South Dakota's Clay County on a management plan, which has just been approved.

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