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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August 25, 2022 Regular Land Board Meeting

Thursday, August 25, 2022 at 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

Categories: Land Board

The Board of University & School Lands will meet for the next regular meeting on Thursday, August 25th, 2022 at 9:00 AM in the Governor's Conference Room.  The meeting may also be attended via Microsoft Teams.

Agenda Materials to be provided upon availability.

Microsoft Teams meeting

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Or call in (audio only)

+1 701-328-0950,,975588041#   United States, Fargo

Phone Conference ID: 975 588 041#

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

The nomination deadline is September 9, 2022

Nomination Form 



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Fall Surface Lease Auctions

Fall surface lease auctions will be held in October of 2022.  Department staff are working to finalize auction dates.  Once the schedule and list of available tracts are finalized they will be posted here on our website and in the official county newspapers corresponding with the auction sites. 

All are welcome to attend the public auctions.  You must be 18 years of age or older to bid.

Employment Opportunities

The Department of Trust Lands' Employment Opportunities: 

Career Title Agency Career Location Closing Date
Land Management Specialist - Leasing Coordinator Trust Lands Bismarck 08/25/2022


Summer Field Work

The summer field work season is upon us!  To ensure you are able to get in touch with the proper surface division staff member it is beneficial to call ahead. We look forward to seeing you.

Staff Directory



Surface Tracts Available for Lease

The Department of Trust Lands on behalf of the Board of University & School Lands will conducted surface lease auctions the last two weeks in March of 2022.  Please click the link below for a list of the unleased tracts that are now available on a first come first served basis.

2022 Unleased Tracts Memorandum

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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