Arkansas Natural Resources Committee
This committee consists of ten (10) state agencies including the Commissioner of State Lands who presides as Committee Chairman: the Department of Finance and Administration, the Oil and Gas Commission, Geological Survey, the Forestry Commission, the Natural Resources Commission, the Game and Fish Commission, the Department of Parks and Tourism, the Department of Environmental Quality and the Natural Heritage Commission. If the committee approves the application it then goes out to bid by being published in the local and state newspapers and after twenty (20) days all bids that have been received are opened and read aloud at the Commissioner of State Lands office. The bid that meets the requirements and is in the best interest of the State is declared the winning bid and the company is notified. A company who holds a lease on state owned land and is operating on that lease must submit a monthly report along with the royalty check to the Commissioner of State Lands office.