A Handbook for Reclaiming Sand and Gravel Pits in Minnesota
A general reference for the development of site specific mining and reclamation plans, this handbook provides technical information to landowners, county officials, and operators on reclaiming sand and gravel pits.
Download the handbook (2.9Mb)
Reclaiming Minnesota's Minelands (2001)
In the tradition of Digging Into Minnesota Minerals(below), Reclaiming Minnesota's Minelands covers all aspects of "recycling" lands that have been mined in Minnesota in a colorful, user-friendly, and information-packed publication. It is presented in a 12 page, tabloid format most suitable for students in grades 4-6.
Included are basic mining and reclamation facts, taconite/metallic mineral/sand and gravel/peat mining reclamation, information on the importance of planning, careers and research, two experiments ("Acid, Base or Neutral--Can You Tell Just by Looking" and "Does Your Soil Hold Water"), other activities, and a glossary. A single free copy is available upon request. Educators can obtain classroom sets.
Digging Into Minnesota Minerals (1995)
Digging Into Minnesota Minerals is a colorful, user-friendly, and information-packed publication covering all aspects of minerals & mining in Minnesota. It is aimed especially at students in grades 4-6. Included are basic minerals facts, educational activities, maps, and a section on 'Geology Up Close in our State Parks.' A single free copy is available upon request. Educators can obtain classroom sets. Online sample.
Geology of Minnesota: A Guide for Teachers (1995)
This guide, a collaborative effort between the Division and the Minnesota Geological Survey, is a summary of our understanding of Minnesota's geology. It is intended for earth science teachers grade 6-8 and others who have an interest or some background in geology. A single free copy is available upon request, or you can download a scanned version of the report.
Lake Agassiz Beach Ridges: A Coloring Book for Children (1997, 1.25 mb)
Through engaging line drawings, maps, and puzzles, this book introduces kids to idea of working cooperatively for balanced management of diverse natural resources. This is an interesting and entertaining way to provide information on the economic and natural heritage value of the beach ridges to future generations. While the focus is on Clay County, Minnesota, the concepts within the book have application throughout the Red River Valley. This book was distributed to all 3rd graders in Clay County on Earth Day 1997. No longer available in print.
Public Land and Mineral Ownership: A Guide for Teachers (2000, revised in 2016).
This newly revised, 34 page guide is recommended as a resource to supplement discussions on Minnesota's history, government and geography. It is intended for high school teachers and other people interested in public land history and management. The subject areas covered by the publication are:
Origins of Federal Ownership
Public Land Survey
Federal Land Grants
Federal and State Acquisitions of Land, and
There is also a section titled "Suggested Discussion or Research Topic," which identifies stories or topics for discussion in the classroom or for further research by students. A single free copy is available upon request. This document is now available in Adobe Acrobat format (4.5 MB); Get Acrobat Reader.
Fact sheets and maps
The Division publishes a series of fact sheets and maps for legislative and public reference. We provide them here in PDF format. Get Acrobat Reader.
The Establishment of a Permit to Mine Administration and Application Fee Schedule: (194 KB)
Report to the senate and house committees with jurisdiction over environment and natural resources finance. Published January 2009.
Conservation Easement Stewardship Report: (10 MB)
A report published in February 2011 that contains an inventory of DNR's conservation easements, DNR's conservation easement stewardship plan, estimates of funding needs and options for long-term conservation easement stewardship funding.
Minimum Standards for Conservation Easements: (147 KB)
A report published in February 2008 recommending minimum standards for conservation easements acquired with public monies.
Aggregate Mining and Reclamation: A series of fact sheets published January 2001.
- Fact Sheet 1: Environmental Regulations for Aggregate Mining (40KB)
- Fact Sheet 2: Mining Plans for Aggregate Operations (40KB)
- Fact Sheet 3: Reclamation at Aggregate Mining Sites (40KB)
- Fact Sheet 4: Using Native Prairie Species for Reclaiming Aggregate Mining Sites (40KB).
- MPCA Fact Sheet: Environmental Management at Aggregate Operations (September 2004). This Minnesota Pollution Control Agency fact sheet offers additional detail and contacts about pollution prevention and permitting requirements for aggregate operations.
Legislative Fact Sheets: A series of fact sheets published in early 2002. Also see below for the report Minnesota's School Trust Lands, produced in 2002 for the Legislature.
- Environmental Cooperative Research (100KB/1 p., 2002): Fact sheet summarizing this program, including funding sources, and current and proposed research between the Division and external stakeholders.
- Minerals Diversification (100KB/1 p., 2002): Fact sheet summarizing this program, including funding sources, and current and proposed research between the Division and external stakeholders.
- Mercury and Mining in Minnesota (2.2MB) - Minerals Coordinating Committee Final Report 2003
- Permanent University Fund (157 kb, 9 pages, revised 2016): Fact sheet presenting background information and updated summaries of interest distributions from the fund.
- Taconite Mining Grants (100KB/1 p., 2002): Fact sheet summarizing new program to support innovation in the taconite mining industry.
Land Acquisition Account Report FY 2009 (99 kb, September 2009). Minnesota Statutes, section 94.1651 requires that the Commissioner of Natural Resources report land purchases and sales related to the Land Acquisition Account.
Mineral Rights Ownership in Minnesota (20 KB/2 pp., revised 2000): Fact sheet presents legal overview of mineral ownership and the severed mineral interests law in Minnesota, developed in response to landowner questions.
Minnesota's Mining Laws (21KB, 1998): Minnesota's mining laws are found in Minnesota's Constitution, statutes, and administrative rules. This factsheet is a guide to the major laws that directly address mineral issues.
Map of State Owned Lands In Minnesota by Land Type. Color, 7.5" x 10" printed. (1.5MB, January 2001).
The Minnesota Department of Revenue has the latest edition of the Minnesota Mining Tax Guide online in PDF format. The Guide contains a wide variety of information on many aspects of mining production and taxes.
Revenue Received from State Mineral Leases FY 1890-2014 A report providing detailed data on the revenue collected by state mineral leasing programs from fiscal year 1890 to 2014. (180kb, 31 pages)
School Trust Lands Reports (1998-2013)
Table 1: School Trust Lands Biannual and Biennial Reports. Reports on management of and income from school trust lands, done at the request of the Legislature.
|Fiscal Years||Report Title||Online Link|
|2012-2013||Minnesota's School Trust Lands: Biennial Report for Fiscal Years 2012- 2013 (07.01.2011 - 06.30.2013)||PDF (5 mb, 73 pages)|
|2010-2011||Minnesota's School Trust Lands: Biennial Report for Fiscal Years 2010-2011 (07.01.2009 - 06.30.2011)||PDF (581 kb, 25 pages)|
|2009||Minnesota's School Trust Lands: Biannual Report June 2009||PDF (109 kb, 5 pages)|
|2008-2009||Minnesota's School Trust Lands: Biennial Report for Fiscal Years 2008-2009 (07.01.2007 - 06.30.2009)||PDF (1.5 mb, 28 pages)|
|2006-2007||Minnesota's School Trust Lands: Biennial Report for Fiscal Years 2006-2007 (07.01.2005 - 06.30.2007)||PDF (1.3 mb, 24 pages)|
|2004-2005||Minnesota's School Trust Lands: Biennial Report for Fiscal Years 2004-2005 (07.01.2003 - 06.30.2005)||PDF (574 kb, 27 pages)|
|2002-2003||Minnesota's School Trust Lands: Biennial Report for Fiscal Years 2002-2003 (07.01.2001 - 06.30.2003)||PDF (4.8 mb, 23 pages)|
|2000-2001||Minnesota's School Trust Lands: Biennial Report for Fiscal Years 2000-2001 (07.01.1999 - 06.30.2001)||PDF (2 mb, 21 pages)|
Table 2: Other School Trust Lands Reports
|January 2011||School Trust Lands – Analysis of Funding Mechanisms for Private and Public Use.||This report provides advantages and disadvantages of mechanisms to compensate the trust for public and private use of school trust lands, done pursuant to Laws of Minnesota 2010, Chapter 361, Article 4, Section 70(b).||PDF (97 kb, 19 pages)|
|July 2010||DNR Management of School Trust Lands||A report on the management of and income from school trust lands, done pursuant to Laws of Minnesota 2010, Chapter 361, Article 4, Section 70(a).||PDF (8 mb, 69 pages)|
|December 2007||School Trust Land Revenue Enhancement Program Report||A report that examines the potential to enhance school trust revenue with certain real estate related activities.||PDF (1.6 mb, 32 pages)|
|March 1998||School Trust Land||This report examines the performance of the Department of Natural Resources in managing school trust land that was granted to the state by the federal government in the 19th Century for the "benefit of schools."||External Site|
Recreational geology in Minnesota
Recreational Geology in Minnesota (143KB) - information on recreational gold panning, rockhounding, speleological activities, and more.
Surficial Geology of Select State Parks in Minnesota - reports and maps related to the surficial geology of the following Minnesota State Parks; St. Croix, Kathio, Minneopa, Nerstrand Big Woods, McCarthy Beach, and Interstate.
The Division conducts research and publishes reports on many aspects of minerals and mining in Minnesota.
- Mineral potential-related publications and projects (Updated as of 01/2014)
- Biosolids for Reclaiming Minelands (April 2004: 4.99 MB, 50 p.)
- Reclamation Sections' list of publications (480 kb). Many of these are online on the Reclamation Section's Research webpage.
The documents cited in the indices are currently available through the Division's Hibbing office.