US Forest Service using Outdoor Act funds to improve grassland reservoir access

Chadron, NE– Three reservoirs on the Oglala National Grassland north of Crawford will be easier to access thanks to a project funded by the Great American Outdoors Act.

Tim Buskirk, Pine Ridge District ranger for the U.S. Forest Service, said funds designated from the act are being used to improve access roads to Agate, Boardgate and Rock Bass reservoirs on the Oglala National Grassland beginning this week.

The roads leading to the reservoirs are being improved from two-track, four-wheel drive only roads to an all-weather aggregate surface. When complete, the roads should be suitable for even two-wheel drive vehicles.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is collaborating with the Forest Service to improve the fisheries once the access project is complete.

The Great American Outdoors Act, which was enacted August 2020, designates about $1.9 billion annually to invest in recreation infrastructure, public lands access, and land and water conservation. The investments, which run through fiscal year 2025, improve outdoor recreation and contribute to economic growth and job creation in rural America.

Project updates will be sent via the Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands social media, including its Facebook page, Twitter @USFSNebraska and website,

For more information, contact Buskirk at 308-432-0300 or

Source: Nebraska Regional News

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