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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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Board of University & School Lands Regular February Meeting

Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

Categories: Land Board

The Board of University & School Lands will meet for the next regular meeting on February 29, 2024 at 9:00 AM in the Governor's Conference Room and via Microsoft Teams.

All are welcome to attend either in person or online.

Agenda materials will be published upon availability.

Microsoft Teams meeting 

Join on your computer, mobile app or room device 

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+1 701-328-0950,,570363531#

Phone Conference ID: 570 363 531# 


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Spring 2024 Surface Lease Auctions

Friday, February 23, 2024 at 10:30 am

The Department of Trust Lands on behalf of the Board of University and School Lands will conduct spring surface lease auctions March 20th through March 28th.  

Thank you for your continued support of funding K-12 education in North Dakota.

Spring 2024 Auction Schedule

Spring 2024 Auction County Advertisements


Oil & Gas Lease Auction Results

Friday, February 16, 2024 at 08:00 am

The Department of Trust Lands mineral division on behalf of the Board of University and School Lands held its latest Oil & Gas Lease auction through EnergyNet February 7-14th. 

February 2024 Oil & Gas Lease Auction Results

 


Employment Opportunites with DTL

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at 08:00 am

Career TitleAgencyCareer LocationClosing Date
Investment OfficerTrust LandsBismarck, State-Wide03/06/2024

Public Notice: Public Comment Request on Construction Aggregate Application

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at 08:00 am

The Department of Trust Lands, on behalf of the Board of University and School Lands, has received a construction aggregate lease application for the following tract of land:

Eddy County
Township 150 North, Range 67 West
Section 9: SW4

Application Information
Application Date: 01/18/2024
Applicant Name: Gowan Construction, Inc. 

Public Comments
Copies of the application and related documents are available for review. Written or oral comments on the proposed rules should be directed to the ND Dept. of Trust Lands, 1707 North 9th Street, Bismarck ND 58501-5523. All comments received by February 21, 2024 will be taken into consideration. If you require special facilities or assistance relating to a disability, call TDD at 1-800-366-6868.

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Press Release: February 1 is National Unclaimed Property Day

Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 12:53 pm

Take 30 seconds to search for your cash at unclaimedproperty.nd.gov

BISMARCK, N.D. (JAN. 31, 2024) – Whether it’s from an uncashed check, a forgotten bank account, or a refund, everyone loves finding their money. It only takes 30 seconds to find out if you have any unclaimed property. 

1 in every 7 – has what the industry calls unclaimed property: financial accounts or items of value in which the owner has not initiated any activity for a number of years. When that happens, and the company cannot locate the owner, the money or properties are submitted to the state. Common examples include unpaid life insurance benefits, forgotten bank accounts, and uncashed checks.

“States are required to return unclaimed property to its owner no matter how long it takes,” said Joseph Heringer, Administrator of North Dakota’s Unclaimed Property Program. “It is your money and should be returned to you.”...

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Department of Trust Lands 2021-2023 Biennial Report Now Available!

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 03:00 pm

The most recent Department of Trust Lands' Biennial Report is now available! - 2021-2023 Biennial Report

To view the Department's historical reports please visit Resources - Biennial Reports.

 


Red Tape Reduction 2.0 (RTR 2.0) Open for Your Feedback

Sunday, October 1, 2023 at 08:00 am

Watch the Red Tape Reduction video here

Public input is now being accepted for the second round of Gov. Doug Burgum’s Red Tape Reduction initiative aimed at eliminating unnecessary and outdated regulations, rules, policies and procedures to make government more efficient and effective and help lower costs for taxpayers, Lt. Gov. Tammy Miller announced today.

Help reduce State red tape and submit your suggestions here - Red Tape Reduction Working Group | North Dakota Office of the Governor (nd.gov)

 


Dept. of Trust Lands sets record in 2023 with $9.7M in unclaimed property returned to rightful owners

Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at 08:30 am

Record also set for amount of unclaimed property submitted by businesses

BISMARCK, N.D. (AUG. 16, 2023) –The Unclaimed Property Division of the North Dakota Department of Trust Lands returned a record $9.7 million of unclaimed property to its rightful owners during the fiscal year that ended June 30, an increase of $3 million over the previous fiscal year.

The amount of unclaimed property submitted by businesses to the Unclaimed Property Division also hit a record high of $20.3 million in fiscal year 2022-23, a $4.6 million increase over 2021-22.

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State-owned trust lands generate record $522M in oil and gas royalty revenues in fiscal year ending June 30

Thursday, July 27, 2023 at 12:00 pm

Nearly $500M to be distributed to K-12 from Common Schools Trust Fund this biennium, easing pressure on property taxes and state’s general fund

BISMARCK, N.D. (JULY 27, 2023) –The state of North Dakota collected a record $522.5 million in oil and gas royalties paid on state-owned mineral acres during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023, according to information presented today to the North Dakota Board of University and School Lands (Land Board). This is on top of a previous record of $457 million in fiscal year 2021-22...

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Department of Trust Lands Permanent Trusts and Funds Value and Distributions

Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 01:00 pm

At the Board of University & School Lands regular April meeting the Department of Trust Lands (DTL) presented an overview of the trusts and funds they manage, including the upcoming 2023-2025 distributions to our beneficiaries, to showcase the contribution these distributions make towards the beneficiaries' budgetary needs.

DTL 2023-2025 Trusts and Funds Summary


2023 County Rents and Prices Survey Available Now

Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 09:30 am

The Most Recent Survey - 2023 County Rents and Prices Survey

Last Year's Survey - 2022 County Rents and Prices Survey

Past Surveys can be found under the Resources tab.


Spring 2023 Surface Lease Auction Results

Friday, March 31, 2023 at 12:15 pm

The Department of Trust Lands on behalf of the Board of University and School Lands completed spring surface lease auctions in March.   

2023 Spring Surface Lease Auction Results

Unleased Tracts Available for Lease

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF ND EDUCATION THROUGH LEASING OF SCHOOL TRUST LANDS.


February 1 is National Unclaimed Property Day

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 09:42 am

NEWS: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Unclaimed Property Day is back to return money to citizens of North Dakota

Search for your cash at unclaimedproperty.nd.gov

BISMARCK, N.D. (JAN. 31, 2023) – Nearly 33 million people in the United States – 1 in every 10 – has what the industry calls unclaimed property: financial accounts or items of value in which the owner has not initiated any activity for a number of years. When that happens, and the company cannot locate the owner, the money or properties are submitted to the state. Common examples include unpaid life insurance benefits, forgotten bank accounts, and uncashed checks...

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

Monday, December 19, 2022 at 12:00 pm

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

BISMARCK, N.D. (DEC. 19, 2022) The North Dakota Board of University and School Lands (Land Board) today announced full completion of the Missouri River Acreage Adjustment Project, which in total returned a net of approximately $130 million to North Dakota private mineral owners and oil and gas operators...

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

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 10:00 am

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….


2019 - 2021 Biennial Report

Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 09:00 pm

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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