FAQs – Surface Resources
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Surface Resources FAQ
What is the function of the Surface Resources Division?
Surface Resources manages programs dealing with watershed health, site remediation, illegal dumping, prescribed fire and wildlife management. The staff supports other State Land Office divisions with field reviews and data analysis for leasing activities including rights-of-way, agricultural leases, minerals management, oil and gas frontier nominations, business leases and land exchanges.
How can I lease state trust land?
Contact the appropriate division for the type of lease you want: Oil & Gas and Minerals, Agricultural or Commercial.
Where can I hunt on state trust land?
Access to State Trust Land for the purpose of hunting is granted under an easement between the Department of Game and Fish and the New Mexico State Land Office. For more information about hunting on State Trust Land, please see our Recreational Access page. For more information on the general rules and regulations pertaining to hunting in the State of New Mexico, please visit the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish.
Can I cross private land to hunt state trust land?
You may cross private land ONLY with written permission from the landowner (s).
Can I camp on state trust land?
Camping is allowed on trust land only with the written permission of the surface lessee. To determine lessee and contact information, please contact our Surface Resources Division at (505) 827-5842.
Who do I contact if I encounter a locked gate on state trust land during hunting season?
Under the Game and Fish easement, during hunting season, state trust land that is accessible by public road is open for hunting. If you encounter a locked gate on trust land included in the easement, please contact our Agricultural Leasing Division at (505) 827-5851 or the nearest District Resource Manager.
How can I find out who is leasing a particular piece of state trust land?
Visit the State Land Office data access web page and enter the section, township, and range, or lease number. If you do not have this information, or if you need assistance, please contact our Agricultural Leasing Division at (505) 827-5851.
How do I locate acreage that is available to lease for livestock grazing?
Contact the Agricultural Leasing Division at (505) 476-0218.
Can my Agricultural Lease fee be reduced due to drought or non-use?
The formula used to calculate lease rates is dictated by statute and rule. However, lessees may request a reduction in carrying capacity due to drought which may reduce the overall fee. Please contact the Agricultural Leasing Division at (505) 827-5851 for more information.
How do I locate an Agricultural lessee and their contact information?
Visit the State Land Office data access web page and enter the section, township, and range, or lease number. If you do not have this information, or if you need assistance, please contact our Agricultural Leasing Division at (505) 827-5775.
How do I get permission to place improvements on my grazing lease?
You must have express written permission from the State Land Commissioner. Contact the Agricultural Leasing Division at 505- 827-5731 to apply.