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

Dryland Agriculture Lease No. 12-095090 — June 29, 2017
Dryland Agriculture Lease No. 12-095090 is a ten-year lease offered at sealed bid public auction for 314.13 dryland crop acres, and in Whitman County. Sealed bid packets must be received no later than June 29, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., at which time they will be opened at DNR's Southeast Region Office located at 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.
Dryland Agriculture Lease No. 12-095091 — June 29, 2017
Dryland Agriculture Lease No. 12-095091 is a ten-year lease offered at sealed bid public auction for 366.24 dryland crop acres, and in Whitman County. Sealed bid packets must be received no later than June 29, 2017 at 2:30 p.m., at which time they will be opened at DNR's Southeast Region Office located at 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.
Grazing Lease No. 10-090996 — July 18, 2017
Grazing Lease No. 10-090996 is a ten-year lease offered at sealed bid public auction for 640 acres in Okanogan County. Sealed bids must be received no later than 11:00 a.m. on July 18, 2017, at which time they will be opened at DNR's Northeast Region Office, 225 S. Silke Road, Colville, WA 99114. All documents are posted below. For more information contact Brian Derting or Suzanne Thome at 509-684-7474.
Grazing Lease No. 10-090998 — July 18, 2017
Grazing Lease No. 10-090998 is a ten-year lease offered at sealed bid public auction for 528.25 acres in Okanogan County. Sealed bids must be received no later than 10:30 a.m. on July 18, 2017, at which time they will be opened at DNR's Northeast Region Office, 225 S. Silke Road, Colville, WA 99114. All documents are posted below. For more information contact Brian Derting or Suzanne Thome at 509-684-7474.
Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-A81331 — July 25, 2017
Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-A81331 is a ten-year lease offered at sealed bid public auction for 545 irrigated agriculture acres in Walla Walla County. Sealed bids must be received no later than July 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., 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 Agriculture Lease No. 12-E60282 — July 25, 2017
Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-E60282 is a ten-year lease offered at sealed bid public auction for 486 irrigated agriculture acres in Adams County. Sealed bids must be received no later than July 25, 2017 at 2:30 p.m., 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 Mark Bohnet at 509-531-7418 or Kathleen Beach at 509-925-0912.
Lease Auction Results
  • Grazing Lease No. 10-094039 went to public auction on June 26, 2017. Successful bidder was Aubert Land & Livestock LLC
  • Grazing Lease No. 10-093563 went to public auction on June 26, 2017. Successful bidder was Schneider Farms Inc.
  • Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-095036 went to public auction on April 6, 2017. No qualified bids were received.
  • Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-A79766 went to public auction on April 11, 2017. Successful bidder was JB Farms LLC.
  • Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-A79611 went to public auction on April 11, 2017. Successful bidder was Frank Tiegs LLC.
  • Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-A79612 went to public auction on April 11, 2017. Successful bidder was Brian Drouhard dba Bluewater Farm.
  • 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.