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. 


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Oil & Gas Lease Auction January 25 - February 1, 2022

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 08:00 am - Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 05:00 pm

Categories: Minerals

The Board of University and School Lands will conduct an online oil and gas lease auction for fifty-seven (57) tracts in Billings, Bottineau, Divide, Dunn, McKenzie and Stark Counties, ND. Bidding will commence January 25, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. CST and end February 1, 2022. 

List of Tracts to be Offered

View EnergyNet Auction

A 3% convenience fee will be assessed. Anyone needing auxiliary aids and services should call Lynn at (701) 328-1921 by January 18, 2022.


January 27, 2022 Land Board Meeting via Microsoft Teams Only

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

Categories: Land Board

The Board of University & School Lands will meet on January 27, 2022 at 9:00 AM for their regular meeting.

The meeting is available via Microsoft Teams


Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+1 701-328-0950,,793445823#   United States, Fargo

Agenda materials will be posted upon availability.

Sale of State Land for Public Purposes McHenry County

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

Categories: Surface


According to Ch. 15-09 N.D.C.C., notice is hereby given that Central Power Electric Cooperative, Inc has submitted an application to purchase (0.46) acres of land, more or less, in McHenry Co., ND, requested to expand their existing substation in:

Township 152 North, Range 78 West

Section 16:  0.46 acres more or less in NW1/4 adjoining to and southwest of the current electrical substation (metes & bounds description can be furnished by the Department of Trust Lands upon request)

The Board of University and School Lands has set a preliminary price for this parcel at $644.00.  The Board of University and School Lands reserves the right to raise the price.  The purchaser must pay the following additional costs:  Land Sale Application Fee $500 and Advertising Cost $135.

A hearing has been set for February 9, 2022, at 2.00 PM CT, North Dakota Department of Trust Lands 1707 N 9TH St, Bismarck, ND. Any person may appear and show cause why the land should not be sold or why the price is insufficient. Anyone needing auxiliary aids and services, please call the Department at 328-2800 or email dtlrequest@nd.gov by February 2, 2022.

January 4, 2021    /s/  Jodi Smith   Commissioner

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Fall 2021 Surface Lease Auction Results

The Department of Trust Lands on behalf of the Board of University & School Lands conducted surface lease auctions in October of 2021. 

Full list of tracts offered Fall 2021 by county

Surface Lease Auction Results

List of unleased tracts to be offered in the Spring of 2022

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.


Department of Trust Lands Application Process Notification

Thank you for visiting our website to process your application.  The Department of Trust Lands is in the process of switching over to their new Land Management software.  During this time, to process your application, please contact the Department at 701-328-2800 or email landrow@nd.gov for a Right of Way applications or dtlsurface@nd.gov for all other surface related applications. When you contact us, please let us know which application process you need assistance with and we will get you to the correct expert. 


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.

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