Little Missouri National Grassland
|Little Missouri National Grassland|
|Location||North Dakota, United States|
|Nearest city||Medora, ND|
|Area||1,028,784 acres (4,163.34 km2)|
|Established||June 23, 1960|
|Governing body||U.S. Forest Service|
|Website||Little Missouri National Grassland|
Little Missouri National Grassland is a National Grassland located in western North Dakota, USA. At 1,028,051 acres (416,037 ha), it is the largest grassland in the country. Enclaved within its borders is Theodore Roosevelt National Park, which is managed by the National Park Service (and therefore not included in the preceding statistics). The Little Missouri National Grassland was once a part of the Custer National Forest, but is now a part of the Dakota Prairie Grasslands, a National Forest unit consisting entirely of National Grasslands. A predominant feature of the grassland is colorful and beautiful badlands, a rugged terrain extensively eroded by wind and water. It is a mixed grass prairie, meaning it has both long and short grass.
The boundaries of the grasslands on certain maps can be misleading. Within the boundaries of the national grassland are significant portions of state-owned and privately owned land, much of it leased by cattle ranchers for grazing. Overall, in descending order of land area, it is located in parts of McKenzie, Billings, Slope, and Golden Valley counties.
Private land intersperses the public grassland acres and there is heavy cattle grazing throughout with 253 allotments in the Medora district and more than 190 allotments in the Mckenzie district.
The grassland is administered by the Forest Service as part of the Dakota Prairie Grasslands from offices in Bismarck, North Dakota. There are local ranger district offices in Dickinson and Watford City.
The ongoing oil and gas exploration, extraction, and distribution in the region has the potential for long term negative impacts on the soil, water, vegetation, and wildlife of the grassland, including threatened and endangered species.
- "Little Missouri National Grassland". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
- "Land Areas of the National Forest System". U.S. Forest Service. January 2013. Archived from the original on December 1, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
- Moul, Francis (2006). The National Grasslands - A guide to America's Undiscovered Treasures. Nebraska: The Ronald K. and Judith M. Stolz Parks Publishing Fund. p. 67. ISBN 9780803283206.
- "Dakota Prairie Grasslands". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
- Macek-Rowland, K.M. "Studying the Effects of Land Use on Sediment Loads, Little Missouri National Grasslands, North Dakota". USGS. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
- Moul, Francis (2006). The National Grasslands - A guide to America's Undiscovered Treasures. Nebraska: Ronald K. and Judith M. Stolz Parks Publishing Fund. p. 70. ISBN 9780803283206.
- Butler, Jack L.; Ott, Jacqueline P.; Hartway, Cynthia R.; Dickerson, Brian E. (November 2018). Biological Assessment of Oil and Gas Development on the Little Missouri National Grassland (PDF). Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
- Media related to Little Missouri National Grassland at Wikimedia Commons
- Dakota Prairie Grasslands - U.S. Forest Service
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