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

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 08:00 am - Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 05:00 pm

Categories: Minerals

The next online oil & gas lease auction will run from October 25 - November 1, 2022

Auction Tract Listing



October 27, 2022 Regular Land Board Meeting

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

Categories: Land Board

The Board of University and School Lands will have their next regular meeting on October 27, 2022 at 9:00 AM in the Governor's Conference Room and via Microsoft Teams.

Agenda items to follow upon availability.

Microsoft Teams meeting

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+1 701-328-0950,,17194067#   United States, Fargo

Phone Conference ID: 171 940 67#


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Recent NewsView All News

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….

Governor Burgum's Red Tape Reduction


The Red Tape Reduction Working Group was created to bolster ongoing efforts to identify antiquated, unnecessary and burdensome regulations, rules and policies that could be changed or eliminated to reduce burdens and lower costs for North Dakota citizens and the private sector and make state government more efficient, effective and nimble.

Are there processes that you would like to see streamlined?  Please click the link below to submit your suggestions.

Share your ideas with the Working Group

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

Fall Surface Lease Auctions

The Department of Trust Lands Fall 2022 Surface Lease Auction Schedule & County Advertisements

The Department will advertise the auction announcement for 3 consecutive weeks in the official county newspapers as well as provide the tract list to the North Dakota County Treasurers.

**Please Note** - Update to Auction Process - Unleased tracts after the fall auction will be offered on a first come, first served basis for the advertised minimum rent.  Payment must be received in the Bismarck office first to be granted the lease. The list of unleased tracts will be posted here on our website after the auctions are held.

The auctions are open to the public, all are invited to attend.  You must be 18 years of age or older to bid.


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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