The Dakota Prairie National Grasslands is located in both North and South Dakota.
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**The Dakota Prairie Grasslands Supervisors Office has moved to a new location at 2000 Miriam Circle near the US Fish and Wildlife Office in east Bismarck.**

Welcome to the Dakota Prairie National Grasslands!

Dakota Prairie Grasslands Supervisor Dennis Neitzke

Welcome to the Dakota Prairie Grasslands,where pristine vistas inspire the imagination; where the rugged unspoiled beauty of the land invites exploration; and where the sights and sounds of the wide, rolling prairie stimulate the senses.

Stretching over 1,259,000 acres, the Dakota Prairie National Grasslands offers visitors the opportunity to view elk, antelope, whitetail and mule deer, bighorn sheep , coyotes, sharptail grouse, greater prairie chicken, pheasants, wild turkeys, eagles, falcons, and the busy prairie dogs. Recreational opportunities offer hiking, camping, horseback riding, photography, canoeing, fishing, hunting, and backpacking.

Flower/ButterflyPronghorn Dakota Prairie Grasslands





Map of the Dakota Prairie Grasslands

              Map of the Dakota Prairie Grasslands

The National Grasslands are not solid blocks of National Forest System lands; rather, they are intermingled with other federal, state, and privately owned lands. This mixed ownership pattern contributes to the uniqueness of the National Grasslands. Each of the National Grasslands has a flavor all its own. The tallgrass prairies of the Sheyenne National Grassland are a significant contrast to the stark badlands found in the Little Missouri National Grassland. The resources are as varied also; paleontological and archeological digs, oil and gas production, cattle grazing, and recreation.

Dakota Prairie Grasslands Land Resource Management Plan


New and Updated Grassland Projects

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1.   McKenzie RD Pastures 2, 10, 11 Allotment Management Plan   Revisions

2.   Elkhorn Gravel Pit

3.   Greater Sage Grouse Plan Amendment

What's New

Forest Service Begins Dakota Prairie Grasslands Greater Sage-grouse Effort

Greater Sage-grouseThe Forest Service published a Notice of Intent on May 21, 2014, annoucing the agency's intent to prepare an environmental impact statement to amend the Dakota Priaire Grasslands Land and Resource Management Plan.  The scoping period commenced on May 22, 2014, and ended on July 7, 2014.  This effort will analyze approximatetly 140,400 acres in the planning areas and identify management direction to conserve, enhance, or restore greater sage-grouse habitat by reducing, eliminating, or minimizing threats to the habitat.  A Forest Service draft environmental impact satement is expected in June 2015.

The Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management are working on a draft environmental impact statements and land use plan amendments for Idaho, Neveda, Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. A Notice of Availability for the Proposed Land Use Plan Amendments and Environmental Impact Statements is expected to be published in the Federal Resiger in the Fall of 2014.



Winners of the Dakota Prairie Grasslands Coloring Contest

Katee Hollenbeck

The Dakota Prairie Grasslands announces the winners of a coloring contest. Katee from Cathedral of the Holy Spirit School of Bismarck and Eve of Edison School in Minot tied for first place. Both will receive a backpack – just in time for the school year.  The Dakota Prairie Grasslands sponsored a coloring contest for third graders across North Dakota and those schools surrounding the Grand River Ranger District in South Dakota.  There were over 600 entries representing 57 schools.  The color sheet identified a few of the important plants that grow on the Grasslands; the Western Prairie Fringed Orchid, Wild Prairie Rose and the Western Wheatgrass.

Honorable Mention winners include: Aspyn of Longfelller School, Brecken of Trinity Elementary East, David of Century Elementary – Grafton, and McKenzie of Max Public School all receiving posters.


Dakota Prairie Grassland Photos

Medora Landscape

A gallery of scenic photos from the Dakota Prairie Grasslands.


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