We are one of seven divisions within the Department of Natural Resources. The division is split into two sections — lands and minerals. These sections have different types of work but collaborate daily to accomplish their respective goals. Our employees use their expertise in law, science, geology, engineering, industry, and real estate to meet critical public needs.
To provide exceptional real estate and mineral expertise to enhance Minnesota’s future, uphold strong environmental protections and support our economy by demonstrating the highest professional standards.
Lands and Minerals news
Oct. 30, 2023 - Plan approved to explore on state nonferrous metallic minerals leases.
Lands and Minerals News »
The DNR plans to sell additional properties at an auction in 2024. Visit the the land sale webpage to subscribe to receive details on future auctions.
Land sale webpage »
Get up to date permitting information about PolyMet's NorthMet project.
DNR's PolyMet permitting webpage »
Strategic plan 2017-2027
We recently completed a plan that serves as the division's strategic direction from 2017-2027. Read all about it here.
Strategic Plan »
View or download a selection of publications from Lands and Minerals Division.