State land review process

  • Periodic comprehensive review of state-owned lands managed by the DNR.
  • State land ownership is routinely evaluated to determine whether it is assisting in meeting the DNR’s mission, but the State Land Review offers an opportunity to conduct a more comprehensive statewide review.
  • The last comprehensive review was completed between 2004 and2008.
  • The State Land Review includes the review of 240,000+ acres of state-managed land to determine how the parcels should be categorized under the following options:
    • Retained
    • Offered to alternate conservation owner
    • Held for a land exchange
    • Disposed via auction
  • Conduct review on 10 counties at a time through eight rounds.
  • Multi-divisional and multi-level comprehensive review.
  • Opportunities for public and stakeholder review and input prior to final recommendations.
  • Final recommendations will be reviewed and decided upon by the DNR director at a public Natural Resources Commission meeting.
  • Surplus land will be disposed of through a series of sealed bid auctions.