of Nebraska is a 19,600-square-mile sand dune formation covered by native grasses in
north-central Nebraska. The hydrology associated with sand dunes has created a vast
groundwater reservoir and 1.3 million acres of wetlands.
The Sandhills represents the largest contiguous
tract of grassland remaining in the United States and provides valuable breeding habitat
for waterfowl, shorebirds, and wading birds. The abundance of wetlands and grasslands
makes the area important to wildlife and ranching. Ranching is the primary economic use,
with over 90% of the land in private ownership.
For more information, visit the Sandhills Habitat