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 Sherry Land at 360-902-1620 or Rebecca McAferty at
360-902-1726 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 Agriculture Lease No. 12-097794 — May 30, 2019
Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-097794 is a ten year lease offered at sealed bid public auction for up to 233.7 irrigated acres parcel in Grant County. Sealed bids must be received no later than May 30, 2019 at 3:00 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 Chad Unland at 509-925-0935.
Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-A84299 — June 3, 2019
Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-A84299 is an ten-year lease offered at sealed bid public auction for 307 irrigated agriculture acres in Franklin County. Sealed bids must be received no later than June 3, 2019 at 3:00 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 Tim Kopf at 509-528-2894.
Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-A82173 — June 3, 2019
Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-A82173 is an ten-year lease offered at sealed bid public auction for 578 irrigated agriculture acres in Franklin County. Sealed bids must be received no later than June 3, 2019 at 3:15 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 Tim Kopf at 509-528-2894.
Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-C68655 — July 1, 2019
Irrigated Agriculture lease No. 12C68655 is a ten year lease offered at sealed bid public auction for 520 irrigated agriculture acres parcel in Grant County. Sealed bids must be received no later than July 1, 2019 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 Rochelle Wickwire at 509-899-7915.
Grazing Lease No. 10-D59137 — July 1, 2019
Grazing Lease No. 10-D59137 is a ten year lease offered at sealed bid public auction for 285 grazing agriculture acres in Douglas County. Sealed bids must be received no later than July 1, 2019 at 3:00 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 Rhetta Cypert at 509-792-0141.
Lease Auction Results
  • Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-097794 went to public auction on April 11, 2019. No qualified bids were received.
  • Solar Lease No. 60-098529 (Knight Road) went to public auction on April 1, 2019. No bids were received.
  • Solar Lease No. 60-098530 (Aloha) went to public auction on April 1, 2019. No bids were received.
  • Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-A74405 went to public auction on February 15, 2019. Successful bidder was Columbia Fruit Farms.
  • Dryland Agriculture Lease No. 12-C57251 went to public auction on February 19, 2019. No bids were received.
  • Grazing Lease No. 10-093564 went to public auction on February 20, 2019. Successful bidder was Jeff Dawson.
  • Grazing Lease No. 10-098107 went to public auction on February 20, 2019. Successful bidder was Jeffrey & Leisa Hill.
  • Grazing Lease No. 10-090717 went to public auction on January 15, 2019. No bids were received.
  • Grazing Lease No. 10-095239 went to public auction on January 15, 2019. Successful bidder was Haeberle Ranch.
  • Grazing Lease No. 10-095240 went to public auction on January 15, 2019. Successful bidder was Woodward Cattle.
  • Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-A74405 went to public auction on November 15, 2018. No bids were received.
  • Dryland Agriculture and Grazing Lease No. 12-F55351 went to public auction on December 4, 2018. No bids were received.
  • Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-097794 went to public auction on December 4, 2018. No bids were received.
  • Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-E68703 went to public auction on August 16, 2018. Successful bidder was Martin's Farming, Inc.
  • Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-A82213 went to public auction on August 16, 2018. Successful bidder was Brian Drouhard dba Bluewater Farm.
  • Grazing Lease No. 10-D54116 went to public auction on August 16, 2018. Successful bidder was Steve Hoffmann dba CH Cattle.
  • Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-095036 went to public auction on July 9, 2018. Successful bidder was Frank Tiegs, LLC.
  • Grazing Lease No. 10-095281 went to public auction on July 9, 2018. No bids were received.
  • Grazing Lease No. 10-C56285 went to public auction on July 9, 2018. Successful bidder was Robert Mielke.
  • Grazing Lease No. 10-096784 went to public auction on May 29, 2018. Successful bidder was Keith Ringer.