North Dakota Land Board Announces Successful Completion of Missouri River Acreage Adjustment Project – Part I

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 10:00 am

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

Wednesday, September 28, 2022


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

Thursday, September 8, 2022 at 10:55 am

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

Monday, August 29, 2022 at 12:00 pm

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

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 10:30 am

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

Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 09:00 pm

The most recent Department of Trust Lands' Biennial Report - 2019 - 2021 Biennial Report

For the Department's historical reports please visit