Fort Pierre National Grassland

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Fort Pierre National Grassland
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
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Map showing the location of Fort Pierre National Grassland
Map showing the location of Fort Pierre National Grassland
Location Lyman, Stanley and Jones counties, South Dakota, United States
Coordinates 44°08′28″N 100°16′44″W / 44.141°N 100.279°W / 44.141; -100.279[1]Coordinates: 44°08′28″N 100°16′44″W / 44.141°N 100.279°W / 44.141; -100.279[1]
Area 115,890 acres (469.0 km2)[2]
Governing body U.S. Forest Service
Website Fort Pierre National Grassland

Fort Pierre National Grassland is a United States National Grassland in central South Dakota, south of the capital city Pierre and its neighbor Fort Pierre. The national grassland is primarily a short grass prairie and has a land area of 115,890 acres (46,900 ha).[2] In descending order of area it lies in parts of Lyman, Stanley, and Jones counties.[2] Part of the movie Dances with Wolves was filmed there. It is managed by the U.S. Forest Service together with the Nebraska and Samuel R. McKelvie National Forests and the Buffalo Gap and Oglala National Grasslands from common offices in Chadron, Nebraska. There is a local ranger district office located in Pierre.[3]


  1. ^ "Fort Pierre National Grassland". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Land Areas of the National Forest System". U.S. Forest Service. January 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 

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