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Energy Land Management (ELM)

About ELM

The Energy Land Management program in WVU's Division of Forestry and Natural Resources is one of 10 programs in North America accredited by the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL). The AAPL represents approximately 20,000 members nationwide and helps to support and represent the best interests of America’s energy land professionals before the public, legislators and federal administrations and agencies, to advocate for policies and practices that ensure the continued success of our nation’s energy needs.

Primary job responsibilities of Energy Land Managers include:

  • the determination of the ownership of surface and subsurface rights;
  • negotiating contracts and leases;
  • coordination of field exploration activities;
  • serving as a liaison between lease owners and exploration/production companies;
  • and ensuring compliance with government regulations.

Read more about this exciting new program here.