OKLAHOMA CITY — The 24th annual school land trust lease auctions will begin Oct. 16 in Beaver County and conclude Oct. 30 in Pottawatomie County.  This year's fall auctions will include a total of 512 leases in 31 counties.

"Over 155,000 acres are being offered in these auctions," said Keith Kuhlman, Director of Real Estate for the Commissioners of the Land Office.

"Some leases are suitable for grazing or farming operations and others are ideal for recreational hunting, fishing or other personal enjoyment uses."


            Most leases are for a term of five years, he said.  Minimum bids are listed for each tract. Detailed lists are available from the CLO at (405) 604-8100 or 1-888-355-2637. The information is also available on line at www.clo.state.ok.us.


            Leases in Beaver County will be auctioned at the Beaver County Fairground at 2 p.m. October 16. Cimarron County leases will be offered at 9 a.m. October 17 at the Cimarron County Fairground. Bidding for Texas County leases begins at 2 p.m. at the Texas County Fairgrounds in Guymon on October 17.


            Leases in Woodward, Major, Harper, Woods and Ellis Counties will be offered October 18th at 10:00 a.m. at the High Plains Vo-Tech in Woodward.  Caddo, Washita, Kiowa and Beckham County leases will be auctioned at 10:00 a.m. at the Western Technology Center in Burns Flat on October 23.


            On October 24, leases in Payne, Noble, Logan, and Pawnee Counties will be auctioned at the Payne County Fairgrounds in Stillwater starting at 10:00am. Comanche, Jackson, Cotton, Grady and Tillman will be held at the Great Plains Tech Center in Lawton at 10:00 a.m. on October 25, 2006.  Garfield, Kingfisher, Grant, Blaine, Kay and Alfalfa County leases will be offered the following day, October 26 at the Garfield County Fairgrounds, Hoover Auditorium in Enid at 10:00 a.m.


            The final day of will be held on Oct. 30th at the Gordon Cooper Tech. Center in Shawnee where Pottawatomie, Cleveland, Lincoln and Oklahoma Counties will be auctioned to the highest bidder at 10:00 a.m.


Statewide, 745,000 acres are managed by CLO and revenue generated from lease auctions is distributed to Oklahoma schools and universities. Kuhlman said more than $63 million was contributed to education by the School Land Trust last year.

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