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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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December 17, 2020 Land Board Meeting

Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

Categories: all, Land Board


Via Microsoft Teams Only - you may call in for audio only or

join through video with the information below:

December 17, 2020 at 9:00 AM

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+1 701-328-0950

Conference ID: 667 913 201#

Agenda Materials to follow as available.

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Fall Surface Lease Auctions Online with EnergyNet

Fall Surface Lease Auctions Online with EnergyNet

Bidding will commence on October 12th and tracts will begin closing on October 20, 2020 ending on October 23, 2020.  Open and closing of tracts is staggered.  Adams County will open the auction and it will continue in alphabetical order by county.

Due to COVID-19, Governor Burgum issued an Executive Order on April 8, 2020 , allowing the Department of Trust Lands to hold their fall surface lease auction online partnering with EnergyNet.  

Please call EnergyNet with any auction process related questions. Their dedicated Government Resources customer service team can be reached at 877-351-4488 to assist you with the registration process and are available to answer any of your questions. The Department can be reached at 701-328-2800 for specific tract questions. 

Oil & Gas Lease Auction Summary & Upcoming Events

November 2020 EnergyNet Oil & Gas Lease Auction Summary

Upcoming Events -

Nomination Deadline December 18, 2020 for the January 26 - February 2 2021

2019-2021 EIIO Contingency Grant Round Awards

Categories: all, EIIO

At the July 29, 2020 Land Board meeting the Board awarded the following EIIO Contingency Grants.

2019-2021 Contingency Grant Round Awards

Acreage Adjustment Survey

On June 25, 2020, the Board adopted the acreage adjustment survey on a quarter-quarter basis or government lot basis above and below the ordinary high water mark as delineated by the final review findings of the NDIC except T152N R93W Section 11 Lot 2, Section 10 Lot 6 and T153N, R102W Sections 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 33, 34, and 36.

If you are an operator and have questions regarding the acreage adjustment survey please email dtlminerals@nd.gov or call Minerals Director David Shipman at 701-328-1949.

If you are a private mineral owner and have questions regarding the acreage adjustment survey please contact your legal counsel or your operator. 

Acreage Adjustment Survey


DTL Smart Restart

DTL begins Smart Restart with phased reopening on June 10

The Department of Trust Lands (DTL) is conducting a phased approach to reopen to outside guests beginning June 10. DTL is committed to safety and we are doing our part to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.

We are following ND Smart Restart guidelines to ensure we are safely serving our customers. Here are some changes to our regular operations.

  • Starting June 10, 2020:
    • Prioritized services are provided only through appointments made by phone ahead of time. No walk-ins will be allowed.
    • Schedule an appointment by calling 701-328-2800 to be directed to the appropriate party.

DTL’s Smart Restart focuses on safely providing service with controlled access to our facility.


2020 County Rents and Prices Survey Available Now

The Most Recent Survey - 2020 County Rents and Prices Survey

Last Year's Survey - 2019 County Rents and Prices Survey

Past Surveys can be found under the Resources tab.