The Nebraska & Samuel R. McKelvie National Forests, Buffalo Gap, Fort Pierre, & Oglala National Grasslands are located in the center and north border areas of Nebraska.
Where is this Forest?


Flyer with information regarding an Open House on the Bessey Ranger DistrictThe Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands are located in central and western Nebraska and central and western South Dakota. This area is made up of 2 national forests, 3 national grasslands, a tree nursery, and is host to a Job Corps facility.

There is an unusual combination of the native ponderosa pine forest of the Nebraska and Samuel R. McKelvie National Forests and mixed grass prairies on the Buffalo Gap, Fort Pierre, and Oglala National Grasslands. Hand-planted forests (Bessey Ranger District and Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest) within the Nebraska Sandhills with their combined grassland and forest are unique to the National Forest System.

And finally, Charles E. Bessey Nursery, the nation's oldest federal tree nursery, rounds out this interesting and challenging combination known as the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands. A variety of recreation and natural resources makes this a perfect place to explore and enjoy your National Forests

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