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?


Photo of Nebraska National Forests and Grassland

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, 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
Fall River Ranger District
Fort Pierre Ranger District
Pine Ridge Ranger District
Samuel R. McKelvie NF
Wall Ranger District



Hunting Information

An elk.Please visit these links for more hunting information and licensing in Nebraska or South Dakota.


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