USDA Forest Service
Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands;
Samuel R. McKelvie
Buffalo Gap, Fort Pierre,
& Oglala National Grasslands
125 North Main Street
Chadron, NE 69337
The 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!
The Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands (NNFG) is required to review and consider cultural resources during the course of its work, per Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 as amended. The NNFG has initiated the process to develop a programmatic agreement between the NNFG and the South Dakota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) which is intended to streamline the process on the Buffalo Gap and Ft. Pierre National Grasslands, consistent with direction found in 36 CFR Part 900.14(b)(1)(i-v). The first public meeting was held on July 24, 2013 at the National Grasslands Visitor Center in Wall, SD. Future meetings are being planned, and additional information will be shared as it becomes available.