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?


A Forest Service employee standing in waist-high grass at the Ft. Pierre National Grasslands. 

The Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands are located in Nebraska and South Dakota. It is made up of two national forests, three national grasslands, the historic Charles E. Bessey 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 within the Nebraska Sandhills with their combined grassland and forest are unique to the National Forest System.

A variety of recreation and natural resources makes this a perfect place to explore and enjoy your National Forests.

Map of Ranger District boundaries


Bessey Ranger District

Pine Ridge Ranger District

Fall River Ranger District

Samuel R. McKelvie NF

Fort Pierre Ranger District

Wall Ranger District



Hunting Information

An elk. These links provide information on hunting and licensing in Nebraska and South Dakota.


Cheyenne River Area RAMP EA and Draft Decision & FONSI

The Wall Ranger District has released its Environmental Assessment and Draft Decision Notice and FONSI (finding of no significant impact).  Specialist reports are available on request; call (605) 279-2126.

Stony Butte Assessment Now Available

Cover of the Stony Butte Assessment - a prairie

The Stony Butte Assessment will guide future NEPA decisions in the area. 


Comments Welcome on the Bessey Motorized Trail Width Project

ATV riders out volunteering, repairing trails

The Bessey Ranger District proposes to allow vehicles 64 inches wide or less on its existing designated motorized trails.