Department of Conservation and
Division of State Lands
Results in Brief
The Division does not maintain a comprehensive automated inventory of all
state lands. Although, the Division developed an automated database to
track state lands, the database only includes about 8% of state-owned lands.
As a result, the Division must rely on an index system that does not always
provide complete and accurate information. Our examination identified several
properties and interest in properties that either were not recorded or
were not accurately identified on the index. The index did not include
all property easements and included properties transferred to other entities,
properties sold, expired leases and site selection information for properties
never purchased. Further, the Division has not established a program to
perform regular property inspections and monitor land use for compliance
with deed and other restrictions, nor has it assigned all applicable lands
to the appropriate using state agency.
1. The index of state lands did not always provide accurate information.
The index included 3 land parcels that had been sold, 1 of which had been
sold over 50 years ago. In addition, the index included 6 parcels or interest
in lands transferred by quitclaim deed or relinquishment to other entities,
site selection information for land not purchased and 2 expired leases.
To accurately show current state land ownership, these items should be
separately identified as no longer being state-owned lands or interest
in lands. The index also did not include 3 easements. (page 10)
2. The Division's index of state lands is not complete. The index does
not include cost and acreage information for properties purchased after
April 1, 1957. Cost, acreage, and other pertinent information must be obtained
from other sources. (page 10)
3. The Division's computerized land inventory database has not been completed.
The Division needs a system that will provide the necessary information
in a more efficient and easily retrievable manner. The current index system
is cumbersome and inefficient. (page 12)
4. Although the Division's policy states it will complete regular property
inspections and monitor land use for compliance with deed and other restrictions,
it performs land inspections generally as time is available or if complaints
are received, and completes monitoring of land usage mainly in conjunction
with other inspections or also if a complaint is received. When performed,
the Division's land records do not always document the Division's review.
Of 30 files reviewed, only 3 instances were found where land inspections
or monitoring land usage had been documented. (page 13)
5. Not all state lands have been assigned to using agencies. Of the files
examined, the Division has formally assigned only about to using agencies.
NRS requires that all applicable lands be assigned to a using agency. (page