National Register nomination stirs controversy at Theodore Roosevelt NP

North Dakotans are voicing strong objections to a federal proposal to add about 12,000 acres of ranchland in and near Theodore Roosevelt National Park to the National Register of Historic Places. Although Federal officials insist that the listing would be benign, locals fear that it may bring unacceptable land-use constraints.

The U.S. Forest Service administers the 3.8 million-acre National Grasslands system. In April 2007, the agency purchased the Eberts Ranch, a 5,200-acre private property situated along the Little Missouri River in the western North Dakota badlands about 35 miles north of Medora. The land is now part of the Little Missouri National Grasslands and is administered by the Dakota Prairie Grasslands (Medora Ranger District). Additional pertinent details about the property can be found in the USDA’s Elkhorn Ranchlands Assessment.

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