Our mission is to lead in the conservation and wise use of the nation’s forests and grasslands.
The Nebraska National Forest encompasses nearly 1.1 million acres of land in central and northwest Nebraska and in central and southwest South Dakota. The administrative units comprising the Nebraska are the Nebraska and Samuel R. McKelvie National Forests and the Buffalo Gap, Oglala, and Fort Pierre National Grasslands.
Some unique features on the Forest include: the internationally known Hudson-Meng Bison Bonebed; the Bessey Tree Nursery (the oldest federal tree nursery and listed on the National Register of Historic Places); the western hemisphere’s largest hand-planted forest; black-footed ferret recovery program; and Toadstool Geological Park, one of the few areas in the world exposing fossil trackways of the Oligocene Epoch.
The Supervisor’s Office is located in Chadron, Nebraska. The forest has a broad array of resource programs including range, wildlife, lands, minerals, developed and dispersed recreation, water, wilderness, timber, fire, fossils, & heritage resources.
Emphasis areas include:
- Forest and Grassland Plan Implementation;
- Recreation strategy & travel management implementation;
- Implementation of a diverse wildlife program including black-tailed prairie dog management;
- Range Allotment Management Planning;
- Invasive weed management and coordination with state, county and private land partners;
- Strong coordination with grazing permittees, conservation community, recreation enthusiasts and other partners;
- Strengthening community relationships.