The Little Missouri Grassland is the largest grassland under federal administration at a little over 1,028,000 acres. It encompasses parts of McKenzie, Billings, Slope, and Golden Valley counties in North Dakota. Ownership within the grassland is mixed: lands are owned by federal and state agencies and by private individuals. Many of the public lands are leased for grazing. The public lands within the grassland collectively are one of the extraordinary places in North Dakota.
We did not explicitly document grassland areas in Slope and Golden Valley counties during this trip. A future trip will include careful documentation of the existing diversity of habitats and an assessment of the impact of oil development.