NARO supports, advocates and educates with the sole purpose of empowering mineral and royalty owners.

All chapters provide education, political action and state conventions that bring together friends and neighbors from across the nation to keep them informed and working together on issue of importance to their property.

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NARO Helps Mineral and Royalty Owners Mineral Management

How We Help Oil & Gas Mineral & Royalty Owners

NARO is the only national organization representing the interest of oil & gas royalty owners. It is a place where you can learn how to manage your minerals like a pro, connect with industry experts, meet other mineral owners in your area, and have your interest represented on both the state and national level.

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State & National Conventions

NARO conventions provide unique learning opprotunities for members and non-members alike. From Mineral Management 101 to Legislative Updates, these events offer something for all mineral owners.

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Local Events & Town Hall Meetings

Our chapters host local and regional events to help you connect and foster relationships with other mineral owners and professionals.  These events help you stay on top of the latest education and policy issues.

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Free Exclusive Webinars

All membership levels except our Introductory membership enjoy free access to live webinars as well as access to our extensive library of past webinars that are available to watch on-demand.

Webinar: How To Read & Manage Your Royalty Statement

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Monthly Newsletter

The Royalty Owners Actions Report (ROAR) is NARO's monthly publication to keep members abreast of legislative issues, Chapter Events, guidance for mineral owners and state Chapter issues.

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Discount On NARO Foundation Educational Publications

The NARO Foundation Library offers a myriad of publications to assist Mineral & Royalty Owners

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Look Before You Lease, J. Stafford

Basics of leasing from the small mineral owner's perspecitve, by former NARO Chairman, and founder Jim Stafford.

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Legislative Calls-To-Action

Our voices are louder as a group. Get timely Calls-To-Action to contact your national or state legislators to ensure your voice is heard on important matters.

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Mineral Rights Forum

Enjoy access to a special forum for NARO members to discuss mineral rights.

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NARO National Leadership

David Smith NARO National President

David C. Smith, NARO National President

My introduction to oil and gas began in 2007 on the industry side – my father was a career landman, and he convinced me to follow in his footsteps.  I ran title and bought leases for a number of operators in the South, but I also experienced the concern of supporting a family that comes when work is slow.  In 2012, I joined a wealth management firm as a mineral manager – this allowed me the opportunity to use my industry knowledge to work on behalf of mineral owners.  I was introduced to NARO in early 2013 when I was asked to join the Louisiana chapter’s board of directors, and I’ve been involved with the organization since that time.

What I know is this – when it comes to the oil and gas industry, there are a lot of good people doing great things; however, there are also bad actors that are looking to take advantage of you.  NARO was created many years ago with the purpose of educating mineral and royalty owners to protect and maximize the value of their assets, as well as advocating on their behalf at the state and federal levels.  The more you know, the better off you are.  NARO is an organization run by volunteers that routinely give of their time, knowledge, and expertise in a number of areas – all in an effort to help you make educated decisions regarding their mineral rights.  If you own minerals, I encourage you to consider joining NARO.  Attend a state convention or town hall meeting.  Sit in for a webinar or feel free to call a board member with questions.  Get registered in our Certified Mineral Manager (CMM) program.

We would love for you to get plugged in and network with other mineral owners across the nation.

Jon Corkern NARO Executive Director

Jon Corkern, NARO National Executive Director

Jon earned his degree in Forestry from Louisiana Tech University. He began his career as a Park Naturalist educating visitors of the local fauna & flora of Northwest Louisiana. He often would collaborate as a Park Naturalist with the local Boy Scout Council, which led to him being offered a position with Boy Scouts of America.

Jon spent 16 years with the Boy Scouts of America where he developed a strong background in membership and development. During his tenure with the Boy Scouts, he was honored to receive several career advancements, as well as recognition for membership and development. Though grateful for these recognitions, his most cherished memories while working for the BSA were serving as Summer Camp Director for 6 years and receiving the Vigil Honor Award.

After leaving the Boy Scouts, Jon then began serving as Membership and Development Director for the American Rose Society, where he served two years in this position. Because of his success in this position, he was later promoted to Executive Director of the American Rose Society. While serving as Executive Director, he oversaw the Great Garden Restoration capital campaign which raised over $2 million dollars of capital improvements to the Gardens of the American Rose Center. Jon is also proud of his family. He is married to the beautiful Mrs. Shelly Corkern; they have one son, Andrew Stroud. Jon is very excited to join the NARO team and looks forward to being a part of its prosperous future!

Frequently Asked Questions

Which States Have NARO Chapters?

NARO currently has chapters in the following states:

  • Appalachia
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Louisiana
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rockies (Utah, New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming)
  • Texas

What Is A Mineral Owner?

A Mineral Owner is an individual who owns the minerals underground and is entitled to receive monthly or annual royalty income from operators producing crude oil and natural gas, not to be confused with the "Surface" property.

A mineral interest is a property interest that is created when the minerals, such as hydrocarbons, are separated from the surface by a mineral deed or an oil and gas lease. While the surface owner can also own the minerals, it is common that in past sales of the surface, the seller reserved the mineral rights and kept them. However, since these owners do not have expertise of exploring minerals themselves, they can lease their mineral ownership rights to oil operators (oil companies).

What Is Mineral Interest?

A mineral interest is a property interest that is created when the minerals, such as hydrocarbons, are separated from the surface by a mineral deed or an oil and gas lease. While the surface owner can also own the minerals, it is common that in past sales of the surface, the seller reserved the mineral rights and kept them. However, since these owners do not have expertise of exploring minerals themselves, they can lease their mineral ownership rights to oil operators (oil companies).

What Is An Oil & Gas Lease?

An Oil and Gas Lease is an agreement between two parties (the mineral owner and an oil and gas operator) to allow oil and gas exploration. The lease allows the crew and drilling equipment to access the property and minerals which the Lessor owns. Most oil and gas leases are for a specific period of time, e.g. three years, but if a well gets drilled before the lease expires, the lease usually lasts for as long as the well is producing.

What Is A Division Order?

A Division Order is a document which lays out the proportional ownership in produced hydrocarbons, including crude oil, natural gas, and NGL’s (mineral property). Sometimes the Division Order is referred to as a division of interest. More often than not, a single well or lease will have multiple owners.

The division order is sent from the operating company to the mineral owner. The company will request the mineral owner sign the Division Order and return it. In Texas a signed Division Order is required before the company can issue royalty payment. If you have a Division Order, even an old one, it will be useful in knowing what you own. If you are sent a Division Order to be signed KEEP A COPY of what you send them for your records.

What Is A Mineral Deed?

A mineral deed is like a surface deed, and is the way mineral properties are sold. It shows who sold and bought the minerals and on what terms.  A mineral deed is different from a mineral lease, in which a lessee has to engage in development  activities and production of oil and gas has to start  during the lease period. Deeds are written many different ways.

Mineral deeds are public documents available in the courthouse in the county where the minerals are located. ---Check online to see if your courthouse  in that county has online documents. If they don't, call the court clerk for information on how you can get a copy of your paperwork.

Where Can I Find My Oil & Gas Lease?

Mineral leases are agreements between mineral owners and others that provide authorization to look for and remove minerals from specified sections of land.
A copy of the lease may have been filed in the courthouse in the county where the minerals are located. Check online to see if that county has online documents. If they don't, call the court clerk for information on how you can get a copy of your lease. However, in many cases a full copy of the lease is not filed with the courthouse. Only a summary or “Memorandum” of the lease was filed. In that case, you will need to contact the operator who currently owns the lease to obtain a copy.

Managing Your Minerals

Can My Lease Be Sold Without My Permission?

It is very common that leases are sold from company to company. Unless your lease restricted the ability of the lessee to sell it, it can usually be sold without your permission. The new owner of your lease should notify you they are your new operator, and will send you paperwork to get you in their accounting system to be paid. If you think your lease was sold or your operator was acquired look at the National Association of Division Order Analysts (NADOA) book of mergers and acquisitions for owner relations contact information.

How Do I Sell My Minerals?

Selling your minerals is a personal decision. While we generally advocate for mineral owners to hold on to their property to enjoy the benefits of future royalty payments, we understand there may be times where you need to sell some or all of your interests.

Whatever your decision, be sure to find out if any oil and gas activity is occurring near or on your interests. Many mineral owners who accept unsolicited purchase offers don't realize that the reason that the buyer is contacting you is because a well is about to be drilled.

Even if you are planning on selling you interests, an investment in a NARO membership and the information you will learn, could return a higher purchase price.

What If My Lease Terms Are Being Violated By The Operating Company?

An oil and gas lease is a private business contract. If you feel the company you have contracted with has violated the terms of this agreement, your recourse is through the legal channels. The state regulating agency, the local police, related associations (like NADOA, AAPL, OGCC etc) cannot generally help, and you will need to consult an oil and gas attorney.

What If I Can't Get My Operator To Call Me Back?

This can be very frustrating. If you are having trouble getting a reply, send your request in writing, via certified mail. Also look for the “Owner Relations” page (or similar) on the operator’s website for email and other contact information. Many operators try to funnel owner contacts through email only.

State Regulatory Agencies

How Do State Regulatory Agencies Serve Mineral Owners?

State regulatory agencies serve their citizens via:

  • Stewardship of natural resources and the environment;
  • Setting standards for personal and community safety;
  • Support of development and economic vitality for the benefit of their citizens; and
  • Regulating when, where and how wells can be drilled and oil and gas purchased.

What Do State Regulatory Agencies NOT Do For Mineral Owners?

State regulatory agencies usually do not:

  • Fight private legal battles or contact operators on behalf of mineral owners
  • Keep deeds, leases or other such documents (Those can be found in the courthouse where your document was filed.)
  • Get involved in issues with your royalty payment.
Valerie A.NARO Appalachia Chapter

First and foremost, the people I have met in this organization are the greatest asset. I have met folks from all over the country and learned something from each and every one of them. I am proud I now call some of them friends and can call them to pick their brains when needed. I love running into NARO Appalachia members and just being able to have conversations with them and catching up.

Sandy N.Texas Mineral Owner

I have taken great educational courses at NARO. Great education courses, great contacts, and great people. Every time I come to a NARO conference, I have a folder of questions and I have always found someone who can answer them. Sometimes it is a speaker and sometimes it is a person I meet at breakfast.

David FTexas Mineral Owner

NARO has benefited me in so many ways. First, would be the members and presenters I have met. Second, the education and knowledge acquired from these individuals involved with NARO. “More is caught than taught”. The friendship and the experiences shared with members and their families during conventions, town hall meetings, lunch, dinners and etc. Also, benefited with my son attending NARO events and his exposure to members, speakers and education.

Malissa B.Louisiana Mineral Owner

Having joined NARO, I know all the “top secret” info now! The contacts I have made are vital to growing and the knowledge of those contacts is immeasurable.

Jim L.New York Mineral Owner

The biggest benefit NARO has brought me are the professional and personal contacts. Whenever I had an odd or unusual question, I could always find someone within NARO to help me sort things out. Second, is the fantastic education in the oil and gas business. The National and State conferences are always excellent. To me, the real education often begins at the bar at 5PM. There’s no better way to learn than from the dialogue with other NARO members and discussing their issues, problems, solutions, and the real-life experiences of others.

Patti W.Oklahoma Mineral Owner

The education that NARO and the Foundation offers is amazing. I have learned so much from the state and national convention speakers as well as the CMM program. The Webinars that NARO is presenting are appreciated especially since we didn’t have our convention season. Knowledge is key, especially in the oil and gas industry. NARO offers the best!

Jack FleetTexas & Oklahoma Mineral Owner

Being a fourth generation mineral owner, you would think I should know a thing or two. But generational mineral ownership is usually learned when the will is read. Fortunate or not, I was pulled into the family business due to medical conditions of my father. We had been members of NARO but never really participated. I attending an OK NARO convention and came back with a notebook full of information. Contacts that shared the same situation and knowledge of who to call. NARO provides the single best place to learn how to be good stewards of our mineral and royalty estates. And the chapters and national advocate for us legislatively, regulatorily and legally.

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