About the Surface Management Division

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The Surface Management Division leases and manages surface acres held in trust for various schools and institutions. The major source of income on these lands comes from grazing and agricultural leases, with significant revenue also being generated from rights-of-way, salt water disposal, and gravel and scoria mining.

The objective of surface management is to obtain a "fair market" return from the lands while maintaining or improving their condition and value.

School trust lands are open to non-vehicular access and are most often used during the various hunting seasons. Some tracts are posted closed for the publics safety or to protect a lesseeā€™s livestock. Please check our website for a complete listing of lands which are closed to public access.

Please browse our website for information on topics such as noxious weed control, rental rates, grazing, public access, maps, and much more. There are also many on-line tools for such things as calculating stocking rates on trust lands, applying for an easement and submitting a request for noxious weed cost share payments.

If you have any questions, please Contact the Surface Management Division.


1707 North 9th Street | PO Box 5523 | Bismarck, ND 58506-5523 | Telephone: (701)328-2800 | Fax: (701)328-3650

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