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Full Notice of Intent to Adopt and Amend Administrative Rules August 26, 2020

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Categories: all, 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 proposed rules and amendments to N.D. Admin. Code Title 85, at 10:00 a.m. CT, on August 26, 2020 at the Fort Totten Room, North Dakota State Capitol, 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, North Dakota.  The purpose of the proposed rules and amendments is to implement additional administrative rules.  The proposed rules and amendments address additional Definitions, Surface Land Management Land Exchange and Land Sales, and Minerals Management Offset Obligations.   

The proposed rules are not expected to have an impact on the regulated community in excess of $50,000.   

The proposed rules may be reviewed at 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 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 September 8, 2020 will be fully considered.

If you plan to attend the public hearing and will need special facilities or assistance relating to a disability, please contact the Department of Trust Lands at the above telephone number or address at least two days prior to the public hearing.

DUE TO COVID -19 and the limited number of people that can be accommodated due to limited capacity, we encourage written or oral comments be submitted as set forth above.  There will be real time public streaming of the public hearing through a Microsoft Teams meeting.  No testimony will be accepted through the Microsoft Teams meeting. 

Information concerning listening access by telephone or through Microsoft Teams:

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+1 701-328-0950   United States, Fargo (Toll)

Conference ID: 321 400 855#

August 27, 2020 8:00 AM Land Board

Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 08:00 am - 12:00 pm

Categories: all, Land Board


Pioneer Meeting Room

Judicial Wing, State Capitol

August 27, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Agenda Packet Materials - To be provided when available

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+1 701-328-0950

Conference ID: 465 078 429#


Unleased Surface Lease Tracts Available on EnergyNet until August 31, 2020

Categories: all, Surface

Through Governor Burgum's Executive Order on April 8, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Trust Lands held their spring surface lease auction online with EnergyNet.  


To participate in the leasing please Register to bid.  You may do so at any time prior to bidding.

Available Unleased Tracts

The first bidder to offer minimum rent will be the successful bidder and will be notified via email with closing instructions, including total amount due.

Payment to the State of North Dakota must be confirmed by email to dtlsurface@nd.gov on the day of the sale, and a check mailed within 24 hours. Please make checks payable to the Department of Trust Lands.

A 3% convenience fee will be assessed; this 3% fee is only on the first year's rent.

EnergyNet Frequently Asked Questions, Help and Contact Information


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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.