About Surface Management
Information on the Surface Management Division.
Surface Lease Auctions
View auction dates, locations and all other pertinent auction information.
Surface Lease Inquiry
Get estimated days of grazing for school land based on the livestock you plan to graze.
Right-of-Way On-Line Application and Procedures
The on-line application form for submitting a request for an easement, permit or surface damage agreement
can be found here. If you have questions about easements,
permits or surface damage agreements and the process on school trust lands, this is the place to start.
Active rights-of-way issued on trust lands are available on-line to print, search and download the
conveyance and the surveys.
Construction Aggregate, Clay, Coal, and Geophysical Exploration Applications
Construction aggregate and clay are leased for mining on trust lands. This site provides detailed information on
how to apply for prospecting permits and leases for gravel, scoria, sand, clay and general soil and archeological surveys.
Commonly called “seismic permits” this is where applications are accepted for exploration on trust minerals.
Public Access Information
Most School trust lands are open to non-vehicular access. The few tracts that are posted are listed here.
Livestock Water Development Permit Application and Procedures
The on-line application form for submitting a request for a livestock water development permit can be found here.
If you have questions about livestock water
development permits and the process on school trust land, this is the place to start.
Noxious Weed Control/Cost Share
Check for noxious weed control information on school trust lands, including cost share.
Aerial Photographs of School Trust Lands
View and print aerial photographs and GPS corners of your favorite school trust lands.
County Rents and Values Annual Survey – North Dakota
Beginning in 2013, the annual County Rents & Values results will be available only
on the North Dakota Department of Trust Lands website. This is the same survey done by the North Dakota
Agricultural Statistics Service in previous years. This site also contains a link to the historical surveys.
Managing for Drought
We have to be eternal optimists to live in North Dakota but we can't ignore and must plan for the inevitable drought.
Check out these important resources for drought management.
View current or archives of Surface Newsletters (PDF format).
Do you have a question about school trust lands? These fact sheets contain the answers to many commonly asked questions.