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?


Purple blowout penstemon surround a windmill. 

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.

Recent News


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. 

Get Forest Maps on Your Smartphone!

Created by Avenza, PDF Maps is a downloadable application for electronic mobile devices that opens maps and allows you to add placemarks, find locations, and measure distances. 


Cheyenne River RAMP (Range Allotment Management Plan)

Shows a cowboy moving black angus cattle off the forest on a grey day.

The Wall Ranger District is conducting NEPA analysis for the Cheyenne River Range Allotments.

Comments Welcome on the Bessey Woody Encroachment Project

A skid steer pushing over a cedar tree as part of the Forest Service

The Bessey Ranger District proposes to remove Eastern red cedar that is encroaching into the grasslands.  We'd like your opinion.