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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. 

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Full Notice of Intent to Adopt and Amend Administrative Rules

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 08:00 am - Monday, November 8, 2021 at 05:00 pm

Categories: Land Board


TAKE NOTICE the Department of Trust Lands, on behalf of the Board of University and School Lands, will hold a public hearing to address adoption, repeal, and amendment to rules contained in N.D. Admin. Code Title 85, at 10:00 a.m. CT, on October 26, 2021, at the Fort Totten Room, North Dakota State Capitol, 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, North Dakota…   

The proposed rules may be reviewed at the office of the Department of Trust Lands, 1707 North 9th Street, Bismarck, North Dakota 58501, or online at the web address: https://www.land.nd.gov/.  A copy of the proposed rules and/or regulatory analysis may be requested by writing the above address, emailing dtlrequest@nd.gov, or by calling (701) 328-1918. Written or oral comments on the proposed rules sent to the above address, email address, or telephone number and received by November 8, 2021, will be fully considered.


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+1 701-328-0950,,439970654#   United States, Fargo

Phone Conference ID: 439 970 654#

Land Board September 30, 2021 9:00 AM

Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

Categories: Land Board

The regular meeting of the Land Board will be held in the Governor's Conference Room and Via Microsoft Teams.  All those who wish to attend through Microsoft Teams may join via the link provided below.

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+1 701-328-0950 

Conference ID: 424 866 903#

Land Board meeting materials will be provided as they become available.


Fall 2021 Surface Lease Auction Schedule & County Advertisements

Monday, October 4, 2021 at 08:00 am - Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 05:00 pm

Categories: Surface

The Department of Trust Lands on behalf of the Board of University and School Lands will conduct fall surface lease auctions in October 2021.  

Fall 2021 Auction Schedule

Full List of Tracts Offered this Fall by County

Please Note: Advertisements are ran in their corresponding official county newspapers.


EnergyNet Oil & Gas Lease Auction October 26-November 2, 2021

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 08:00 am - Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 05:00 pm

Categories: Minerals

The nomination deadline for the upcoming October 26 - November 2, 2021 Oil & Gas Lease online auction is September 10th.

Nomination Form

Register with EnergyNet


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Tracts Available for Surface Lease

Tracts that are unleased after the spring auctions are held are offered on a first come, first served basis for the advertised minimum rent. Unleased tracts are available until August 31st.

Unleased Tracts Memorandum

Badlands Area Water Adjustment Region

The North Dakota Department of Trust lands has expanded its policy addressing Livestock Water Developments in the Badlands Water Adjustment Region.  The policy has been modified as follows:

Badlands Area Water Adjustment Region Memorandum

Surface Tracts Available for Hay Cutting Permit

The following tracts are available for nominating for a hay cutting permit. 

If you are interested in nominating please call the Department and ask for the Surface Division at 328-2800. 

The permit for hay cutting will be granted through a sealed bid process after advertising in the tract's official county newspaper.

Barnes T142N, R60W Section 5 NE¼

LaMoure T135N, R66W Section 16 SE¼

Department of Trust Land's Drought Management

The Department of Trust Lands provides up to 100% of the development cost of permanent improvements.  Please read our The Department of Trust Land's Drought Management Newsletter for more information.

2021 County Rents and Prices Survey Available Now

The Most Recent Survey - 2021 County Rents and Prices Survey

Last Year's Survey - 2020 County Rents and Prices Survey

Past Surveys can be found under the Resources tab.

Department of Trust Lands Facility

The Department of Trust Lands is open to outside guests. Appointments are not mandatory but are encouraged to ensure proper staff is available to answer your questions.

DTL focuses on safely providing service with controlled access to our facility; masks are requested.


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