Welcome to the North Dakota Department of Trust Lands.

Use this website to see how we impact the funding of North Dakota schools, find upcoming Trust Land auctions, download or submit official forms, and search for unclaimed property. 


Upcoming EventsView All Events

Upcoming Oil & Gas Lease Auction Nomination Deadline

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 08:00 am - Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 05:00 pm

Categories: Minerals

The next online EnergyNet oil & gas lease auction will run from January 31-February 7, 2023. 

The nomination deadline is December 16, 2022.

Tract Nomination Form

December 19, 2022 Regular Land Board Meeting

Monday, December 19, 2022 at 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

Categories: Land Board

The Board of University & School Lands will meet for their next regular meeting on Monday December 19, 2022, at 9:00 AM via Microsoft Teams and in the Governor's Conference Room.

Agenda materials to follow as available

Microsoft Teams meeting

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Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+1 701-328-0950,,746622926# 

Phone Conference ID: 746 622 926#


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Recent NewsView All News

Fall 2022 Surface Auction Results & Tracts Available for Lease

The Department of Trust Lands on behalf of the Board of University and School Lands conducted surface lease auctions throughout North Dakota in October of 2022. 

2022 Fall Surface Lease Auction Results

The following memorandum includes the list of unleased tracts offered at public auction that are available to lease now through the Department on a first come first served basis.

Unleased Tracts Memorandum

North Dakota Land Board Announces Successful Completion of Missouri River Acreage Adjustment Project – Part I

North Dakota Land Board Announces Successful Completion of Missouri River Acreage Adjustment Project - Part I

BISMARCK, N.D. (OCT. 4, 2022) – The North Dakota Board of University and School Lands (Land Board) today announced the successful completion of Part I of the River Acreage Adjustment Project, which returned a net of approximately $120 million to North Dakota private mineral owners and oil and gas operators….

ND Game & Fish Podcast w/ DTL

Hunting the Blue Squares

In this episode of NDO Podcast we visit with Jacob Lardy, land management specialist with the Department of Trust Lands, more commonly known to many North Dakota hunters as state school lands or the blue squares on the map. We talk about the department’s history and mission, regulations and restrictions and the upcoming grouse opener.

Listen to Hunting the Blue Squares

2022 County Rents and Prices Survey Available Now

The Most Recent Survey - 2022 County Rents and Prices Survey

Last Year's Survey - 2021 County Rents and Prices Survey

Past Surveys can be found under the Resources tab.

2019 - 2021 Biennial Report

The most recent Department of Trust Lands' Biennial Report - 2019 - 2021 Biennial Report

For the Department's historical reports please visit https://www.land.nd.gov/resources/biennial-reports.


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