Construction Aggregate Leasing
Opportunities to Mine on School Trust Lands

From land available, to mining (gravel pit), to use of materials (roads), to money for schools, and finally reclamation of land


Construction Aggregates

For nearly 150 years, School Trust land has been used to generate revenue for Minnesota's public schools. Identification and development of construction aggregate resources (sand and gravel) provide one such opportunity. The DNR offers leases, called earth material leases, to private entities and local governments for the commercial production of sand, gravel, crushed stone and landscape stone. Rental payments and material sales royalties from School Trust leases create revenue that benefits Minnesota's school children. The lessee pays a specific fee, called a royalty, for every unit of weight (ton) or volume (cubic yard) of material taken off the property.


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School Trust Aggregate Finder Map

Launch the web map to view high aggregate resource potential on School Trust Lands.
Aggregate Finder Web Map »

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How to lease School Trust Aggregate

View 7 common steps for getting a DNR construction aggregate lease.
7 Steps to Lease »

Graphic showing sections 16 and 36 from a typical township. These sections were initially given to fund schools in Minnesota.

Minnesota School Trust Lands

Learn more about the little known, and often misunderstood category of public land ownership that benefits Minnesota's public schools.
Story Map on Minnesota's School Trust Lands »

Graphic showing revenue on state aggregate leases since 2000.

Economic Opportunity

Since 2000, leases for School Trust construction aggregate have generated 4.8 million dollars.
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If you would like to learn more about DNR construction aggregate leasing opportunities, please contact:
Corrie Floyd, Industrial Minerals Specialist
[email protected]

Division of Lands and Minerals
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4045
Tel: 651.259.5958

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.