The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for managing state-owned minerals in a manner that protects and enhances the lands for current and future generations. Minerals are developed in an orderly manner to optimize revenue consistent with other public interest and natural resource values.
Revenue from the leasing and sale of state-owned mineral rights translates into funding for the acquisition, development, and maintenance of local and state parks and other recreational areas, resulting in a wide range of recreational opportunities and access to Michigan's forests, trails, waterways, and beaches.
The DNR is responsible only for the leasing of state-owned mineral rights. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy is responsible for all permits and regulations for the act of extracting the minerals from the land.