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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. 


Upcoming EventsView All Events

Continuing Appropriation Authority Policy Public Comment

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 08:00 am - 05:00 pm

Categories: all, Land Board

The proposed Continuing Appropriation Authority Policy were presented to the Board of University and School Lands (Board) on June 25, 2020 for the first reading and will be presented to the Board at the Board’s July 29, 2020 meeting for the second reading.  The policies will become effective after the second reading in accordance with the Board’s policy titled Policy Introduction/Amendment/Passage.  Comments will be accepted by the Department of Trust Lands through 5:00 p.m. on July 22, 2020.

Comments must be in writing and submitted to the Department of Trust Lands at dtlrequest@nd.gov.

Board Policy Introduction Amendment 9-27-18 

Continuing Appropriation Authority Policy


August 2020 EnergyNet Oil and Gas Lease Auction

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Categories: all, Minerals

The nomination deadline for the August 2020 OG Lease Auction is June 19th, 2020.

EnergyNet will begin auctioning the approved nominated tracts beginning on July 28th through August 4th.

July 29, 2020 9:00 AM Land Board Meeting

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

Categories: all, Land Board


Meeting Room - TBA

State Capitol

July 29, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Meeting Materials Link to be provided as materials are available


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


Recent NewsView All News

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.


2019-2021 EIIO Contingency Grant Round Awards

Categories: all, EIIO

At the April 8th, 2020 Land Board meeting the Board awarded the following EIIO Contingency Grants.

2019-2021 Contingency Grant Round Awards

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.