(1) The board, as established by the constitution of Montana (Article X,
section 4) "has the authority to direct, control, lease, exchange and sell
school lands" and other lands granted for the support of education. It has the authority to issue leases for
agriculture, grazing, mineral production, cabinsites, and other uses under such
terms and conditions as best meet the duties of the board to the various trusts
and the state of Montana. The board also has the authority to sell timber and other forest products. The board shall administer state land under
the concept of multiple-use management.
(2) Failure to comply with any provisions contained in any rule is grounds for cancellation of the lease,
permit or license, or assessment of any other penalty specified herein or by
law. The department has the authority to make management decisions to protect the best interests of the state.