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Nebraska & Samuel R. McKelvie National Forests - Bessey Ranger District
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Year - 2016

Scale - 1" to the Mile (1:63,360)

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The Bessey Ranger District, located south of Highway 2 near Halsey, was originally known as the Dismal River Forest Reserve. The Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest near Valentine was initially named the Niobrara Forest Reserve. By congressional act, both reserves were proclaimed in 1902 and renamed the Nebraska National Forest in 1908. In 1971, Congress proclaimed the Niobrara District as the country's 155th national forest, naming if for the Cherry Country rancher, publisher, and Nebraska's 28th governor, Samuel R. McKelvie.

Nearly all the trees on these national forest units are hand-planted due to the concern and vision of a University of Nebraska botanist, Dr. Charles E. Bessey. Concern for serious losses of the country's timber to fire and unregulated harvest caused Dr. Bessey to lobby for setting aside available lands for planted timber reserves. President Theodore Roosevelt established the reserves in 1902 and planting began in 1903, following establishment of the first federal tree nursery - now the Charles E. Bessey Nursery.
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