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Gerald McWhorter
Assistant Secretary of State
Public Lands Division

Located at 125 S Congress Street
Jackson, MS 39201
P.O. Box 136
Jackson, MS 39205-0136
Phone: 601-359-5156
Fax: 601-359-1461

Gulf Coast Office
1701 24th Avenue
Gulfport, MS 39501
Phone: 228-863-9220
Fax: 228-864-0325
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The Public Lands Division of the MSOS has the constitutional and statutory authority for enforcement of the Sixteenth Section Public School Trust Lands and Lieu Lands laws, development and implementation of the Public Trust Tidelands Management Programs, sale of lands forfeited to the State for non-payment of ad valorem taxes, inventory of State agency lands and services to the public and governmental subdivisions relating to sales, acquisitions, leasing, and title of the State’s real property assets.

  1. Search active Tax Forfeited properties available for purchase.
  2. Search for timber product market prices on 16th Section and other state-owned lands.
  3. Search leasing options for more than 640,000 acres of land in Mississippi.
  4. public_lands_public_trust_tidelands.aspx Obtain information regarding Lease Applications and Boundary Determination.
  5. Obtain information regarding Coastal Preserves from the Department of Marine Resources.