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Land Ownership:  Statewide Inventories

Several inventories provide a picture of public land ownership patterns in Minnesota. They are intended for overview and general planning purposes. Ownership was mapped for each public land survey quarter-quarter section (40-acre unit). The owner is determined by whichever agency owns or administers more than 50 percent of a quarter-quarter section.

The inventories are snapshots in time, compiled from data from many sources of varying quality and currency. There is no comprehensive statewide database of current ownership information and no ongoing maintenance of the inventory data, except at some individual agencies such as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

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