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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, a tree nursery, and is host to a Job Corps facility.

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, a tree nursery, and is host to a Job Corps facility.

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Picture of Nebraska - Nebraska National Forest/Oglala National Grassland - Pine Ridge Ranger District
Nebraska - Nebraska National Forest/Oglala National Grassland - Pine Ridge Ranger District
For nearly 60 years, the only national forest lands in Nebraska were two areas in the Sandhills region that were originally proclaimed by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902. The drought and economic depression of the 1930's caused many who had homesteaded tracts in the Great Plains to abandon their dreams and to sell their land to the federal government. The Soil Conservation Service, now the Natural Resources Conservation Service, was assigned the task of stabilizing the soil and rehabilitating the purchased lands. Of the 11 million acres purchased by the government, 3.8 million were established as 19 national grasslands in 1960. The remainder was distributed to several federal agenies includeing the Forest Service.
$20.00 excl tax
Picture of Nebraska - Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest - Bessey Ranger District
Nebraska - Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest - Bessey Ranger District
The Nebraska National Forest -- Bessey Ranger District, located south of Nebraska Highway 2, between Thedford and Halsey, was originally known as the Dismal River Forest Reserve. Proclaimed at the same time (April 16, 1902), the Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest was initially named the Niobrara Forest Reserve. Both Reserves were renamed the Nebraska National Forest in 1908 by congressional act. In 1971, Congress proclaimed the Niobrara District the country's 155th national forest, naming it for Cherry county rancher, published, and Nebraska's 28th governor, Samuel R. McKelvie.
$20.00 excl tax