Welcome to the Dakota Prairie Grasslands!

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Welcome to the Dakota Prairie Grasslands,where pristine vistas inspire the imagination; where the rugged unspoiled beauty of the land invites exploration; and where the sights and sounds of the wide, rolling prairie stimulate the senses.


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Map of the Dakota Prairie Grasslands

Map of the Dakota Prairie Grasslands

The Dakota Prairie Grasslands are not solid blocks of National Forest System lands; rather, they are intermingled with other federal, state, and privately owned lands. This mixed ownership pattern contributes to the uniqueness of the DPG. Each of the National Grasslands has a flavor all its own. From the savannas of the Grand and Cedar River National Grasslans to the rugged badlands of the Little Missouri National Grasslands and the rolling plains of the Sheyenne National Grasslands, visitors  can enjoy the abundant wildlife and a wide range of recreational opportunities. Resource use on the grasslands include paleontological and archeological digs, oil and gas production, cattle grazing, and recreation.

Dakota Prairie Grasslands Land Resource Management Plan

New and Updated Grassland Projects

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  1. McKenzie RD Pastures 2, 10, 11 Allotment Management Plan   Revisions
  2. Elkhorn Gravel Pit
  3. Greater Sage Grouse Plan Amendment

Tips to Plan Your Visit

Preparedness is the key to having a good and safe time at any of our national forests or grasslands. 


Joint Chiefs' Selection

The North Dakota Badlands Restoration Project was one of the 16 new projects selected under the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership for Fiscal Year 2020.

Demonstration Project Signed August 30, 2016

Revised Demonstration Project (Appendix A of the Livestock Grazing Record of Decision for the Dakota Prairie Grasslands final Environmental Impact Statement and Resource Management Plan.

Direct questions to Leslie Ferguson, Grasslands Environmental Coordinator, at 701-989-7300. 

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2021 Shadehill Christmas Bird Count

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Looking for a great outdoor activity that allows for social distancing? Join us for the 122nd Annual Christmas Bird Count at Shadehill, SD on Monday, December 20, 2021.

USDA Civil Rights Policy Statement April 9, 2021

Secretary Vilsack writes that, "At USDA, we are recommitting ourselves to the values of equity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for each other and those we serve."


Dakota Prairie Grassland Photos

Medora Landscape

A gallery of scenic photos from the Dakota Prairie Grasslands.


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