The DNR has developed the School Trust Aggregate Finder web map to help local government and private entities locate sand and gravel resources on School Trust Lands. As of October 2017, nearly 70 percent of the total School Trust parcels in Minnesota (64,453) have been evaluated for their sand and gravel resource potential. This evaluation project is ongoing.
Each parcel symbol shown on the map is given a classification related to construction aggregate lease activity or sand and gravel resource potential. The five classifications and general descriptions are:
Active Lease - Parcel is currently leased.
Pre-Approved for Lease - DNR has identified aggregate resources in the parcel and developed a management plan. Lease offering may be available.
Historic Lease - The parcel has been leased previously and may be available for a new lease.
Candidate - Aggregate resources are inferred based on digital data and DNR field observations. Additional field investigation is needed.
Prospective - Aggregate resources are inferred based on digital data only. Additional field investigation is needed.
For on-site field exploration a DNR temporary use permit is required. No parcel is guaranteed for lease and access conditions will vary. The DNR has a separate aggregate mapping program, where county-wide aggregate resource maps are produced to assist with land-use zoning planning. While observations from this program supplement the information provided in the Aggregate Finder Web Map, certain methodologies or conclusions may vary. For more information on the aggregate resource mapping program visit:
Aggregate Resource Mapping Program »
Search - Use this tool to search for any Minnesota county, city, or municipal township. As an example type in 'Hermantown'. Search tool will return no results if you add in 'Minnesota' or 'MN' to the search.
Select by Rectangle - Use this tool to select multiple sites by drawing a rectangle. A table showing the parcel information is returned in a separate window.
Measure - Use this tool to measure distance of a line in miles. This tool works in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox but not in Internet Explorer.
Clustered Markers - Closely spaced parcels are clustered at larger map scales into a single marker. This marker is labeled on the map by the number of clustered parcels inside it. Zoom or click a clustered marker to view individual parcels.
Basemap - Change the greyscale basemap to an air photo by clicking the air photo icon. Click the icon again to turn back on the greyscale basemap.
Parcel Information - Click or tap a parcel icon for more information such as parcel acres, legal description, county, political township/city, and classification status. Parcel icons represent the center of a parcel not the actual location of a deposit. Parcel classifications are not a direct measure of the type, quantity, or quality of aggregate resources. Parcel size and actual property boundary may vary. Parcel boundaries do not represent the outline of a deposit.
Launch the web map to view high aggregate resource potential on School Trust Lands
Aggregate Finder Web Map »
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If you would like to learn more about construction aggregate leasing opportunities, please contact:
Corrie Floyd, Industrial Minerals Specialist
Division of Lands and Minerals
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4045
Disclaimer: The DNR does not operate a retail business to sell stone products or construction aggregates. However, if you have a question regarding a request to purchase commercial quantities of materials from our lessees, we will provide contact information to you for our lessees. Please send an email inquiry to Corrie Floyd.