Leasing State Trust Lands for Agriculture and Grazing
   

Revenue from the 1.1 million acres of state trust lands that DNR leases for agriculture and grazing helps fund public school construction across Washington state. We work with lessees to assure that the lands are productive and sustainably managed while public resources such as water, fish, and wildlife are protected.
 
Find upcoming leases using DNR's Lease Opportunity Viewer. Parcels where an agricultural or grazing lease with be available are indicated by diamonds on this interactive map.

How to Obtain an Agriculture Lease from DNR

Participate in a public auction: See Public Auctions below
 
Place a bonus bid on a current lease that is marked “Open for Lease Application.” Use the Interactive Lease Opportunity Viewer to find parcels that DNR intends to negotiate. If the existing lessee does not match the highest bid (or negotiations fail), the lease will be put up for public auction. By state law, the highest bonus bid establishes the minimum bid for public auction (WAC 332-22-100). Download a Bonus Bid Application.
 
Request a new lease: Locate a parcel of DNR-managed trust land that is currently unleased, and apply to DNR for lease consideration. If there is legal access to the parcel, the proposed activity can be permitted and leasing the parcel is in the best interest of the State Trust, DNR will consider a public lease auction. Contact DNR for a new lease application
 
DNR's Lease Opportunity Viewer
 
Click on image to use the viewer:
 
Lease Opportunity Viewer
 
Using the map:
 
Zoom-in to locations you are interested in leasing. Click on a diamond shape to see the type of availability and associated documents:
  • Leases offered for public auction will show as “Offered at Public Auction,” with the auction date.
  • Leases available for bonus bid application prior to re-negotiation with the existing lessee will show as “Open for Lease Application,” with the dates we can accept bonus bid applications.
  • Use the ‘More Info Link” to see information about leases to be "Offered at Public Auction" or "Open for Lease Application."
The Basic User Guide and Detailed User Guide will help you to use the Interactive Map Viewing Tool.
 
Download the Mobile App for your smartphone or tablet.

Public Auctions

Irrigated Ag Lease No. 12-095036 — April 6, 2017 
Irrigated Ag Lease No. 12-095036 is a 25 to 35-year lease offered at sealed bid public auction which includes 3,000 acres suitable for irrigated agriculture development in Benton County. Sealed bids must be received no later than 1:00 p.m. on April 6, 2017, at which time they will be opened at DNR's Southeast Region Office, 713 Bowers Road, Ellensburg, WA 98926. All relevant documents are posted below. For more information, contact Randy Niessner at 509-899-6127, or Rick Roeder at 509-925-0943, or visit www.paterson2017.com
Irrigated Ag Lease No. 12-A79766 — April 11, 2017
Irrigated Ag Lease No. 12-A79766 is being offered at sealed bid public auction with the following lease options: a ten-year term for irrigated row crops, or a 25-year term for orchard or vineyards crops. The lease has 155.6 irrigable acres in Grant County. Sealed bids must be received no later than 2:00 p.m. on April 11, 2017, at which time they will be opened at DNR's Southeast Region Office, 713 Bowers Road, Ellensburg, WA 98926. All relevant documents are posted below. For more information, contact Tim Kopf at 509-528-2894, or Kathleen Beach at 509-925-0912.
Irrigated Ag Lease No. 12-A79611 — April 11, 2017
Irrigated Ag Lease No. 12-A79611 is a ten-year lease offered at sealed bid public auction which includes 520 irrigated agriculture acres in Franklin County. Sealed bids must be received no later than 2:30 p.m. on April 11, 2017, at which time they will be opened at DNR's Southeast Region Office, 713 Bowers Road, Ellensburg, WA 98926. All relevant documents are posted below. For more information, contact Ryan Cloud at 509-528-6196, or Kathleen Beach at 509-925-0912.
Irrigated Ag Lease No. 12-A79612 — April 11, 2017
Irrigated Ag Lease No. 12-A79612 is a ten-year lease offered at sealed bid public auction which includes 439.7 irrigated agriculture acres in Franklin County. Sealed bids must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. on April 11, 2017, at which time they will be opened at DNR's Southeast Region Office, 713 Bowers Road, Ellensburg, WA 98926. All relevant documents are posted below. For more information, contact Ryan Cloud at 509-528-6196, or Kathleen Beach at 509-925-0912.
Lease Auction Results
  • Grazing Lease No. 10-094032 went to public auction on March 8, 2017. No bids were received.
  • Temporary Grazing Permit No.11-095122 went to public auction on March 8, 2017. Robert Rebholtz, Jr. dba Double R Ranch was the successful bidder.
  • Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-092579 went to public auction on March 9, 2017. Brian Drouhard DBA Bluewater Farms was the successful bidder.
  • Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-092579 went to public auction on January 17, 2017. No bids were received.
  • Vineyard Lease No. 12-092003 went to public auction on August 23, 2016. Aquilini Red Mountain Vineyards LP was the successful bidder.
  • Vineyard Lease No. 12-090253 went to public auction on August 23, 2016. Shaw Vineyards, Inc. was the successful bidder.
  • Vineyard Lease No. 12-093962 went to public auction on August 23, 2016. Goose Ridge Vineyards, LLC was the successful bidder.
  • Vineyard Lease No. 12-089310 went to public auction on August 23, 2016. Ramer Holtan was the successful bidder.
  • Grazing Lease No. 10-89633 went to public auction on May 5, 2016. Dugualla Bay Company LLC was the successful bidder.
  • Grazing Lease No. 10-090715 went to public auction on April 19, 2016. Gerald Wilson was the successful bidder.
  • Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-093333 went to public auction on February 8, 2016. Ruby Ridge Dairy, LLC was the successful bidder.
  • Dryland Agriculture and Grazing Lease No. 12-E57136 went to public auction on January 27, 2016. Daniel Creveling was the successful bidder. 
  • Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-092579 went to public auction on January 12, 2016. No bids were received.
  • Grazing Lease No. 10-093038 went to public auction on December 8, 2015. Lyndell Hobbs was the successful bidder.
  • Grazing Lease No. 10-093039 went to public auction on December 8, 2015. SK Ranch Inc. was the successful bidder.
  • Grazing Lease No. 10-093040 went to public auction on December 8, 2015. Nate Kayser was the successful bidder.
  • Grazing Lease No. 10-091672 went to public auction on October 27, 2015.  Chet Morrison was the successful bidder.
  • Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-D68885 went to public auction on September 3, 2015. Kehl Farms LLC was the successful bidder.
  • Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-D68885 went to public auction on July 22, 2015. The lease auction has been rescheduled for September 3, 2015.
  • Grazing Lease No. 10-C58949 went to public auction on June 8, 2015. Daniel Creveling was the successful bidder.
  • Grazing Lease No. 10-091676 went to public auction on March 4, 2015. Levi T. Clinton was the successful bidder.
  • Grazing Lease No. 10-091674 went to public auction on March 4, 2015. John Meadows was the successful bidder.
  • Grazing Lease No. 10-091675 went to public auction on March 4, 2015. Amanda Unruh was the successful bidder.
  • Dryland & Grazing Lease No. 12-D56241 went to public auction on March 9, 2015. Alan Stromberger was the successful bidder.