The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issues leases to private companies and local governments to mine construction aggregates (sand and gravel, crushed stone) on School Trust lands and other state-administered lands. This type of state lease is called an earth materials lease and is required prior to any aggregate mining on state-owned lands administered by the DNR.
A state earth materials lease requires a rental fee along with a payment for all materials removed. A lease may also have minimum annual production conditions. A state lease also includes requirements for environmental controls and reclamation of the site. Before a lease is issued, the lessee must provide a certificate of insurance by an insurance carrier licensed to do business in Minnesota at the amount specified in state law.
Earth materials leases may be issued upon application or are awarded as part of a public bid sale. At a public bid sale, the highest bidder that meets the bid contract requirements is awarded the lease contract. Under certain circumstances, "over-the-counter" permits may be issued for an additional fee.
The leasing of construction aggregates from School Trust lands generates revenue for the School Trust. Sites may be available for lease on a first-come-first-serve basis.
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Launch the web map to view high aggregate resource potential on School Trust Lands
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View 7 common steps for getting a state earth materials lease.
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Status of active and historical state earth material lease sites on all state-administered lands.
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Learn about the DNR’s planning and best management practices for aggregate extraction activities. One requirement is to have a mining and reclamation plan before mining starts.
Management Plans »
We all rely on sand and gravel and/or crushed stone resources in Minnesota. These are commonly called construction aggregates.
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If you would like to learn more about DNR construction aggregate leasing opportunities, please contact:
Corrie Floyd, Industrial Minerals Specialist
Division of Lands and Minerals
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4045
Note: 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.