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Natural Resource Partners L.P. Increases Distribution Seventh Consecutive Quarter


HOUSTON, April 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Natural Resource Partners L.P. (NYSE: NRP) today announced that the Board of Directors of its general partner has declared a 4% increase or $0.025 in its quarterly distribution to $0.6875 per unit. This equates to an annualized distribution of $2.75 per unit. The first quarter distribution will be paid on May 13, 2005 to unitholders of record on May 2, 2005. This makes the seventh consecutive quarter that NRP has increased its distribution and represents a 20% increase over the first quarter distribution last year.

Natural Resource Partners L.P. is headquartered in Houston, TX, with its operations headquarters in Huntington, WV. NRP is a master limited partnership that is principally engaged in the business of owning and managing coal properties in the three major coal producing regions of the United States: Appalachia, the Illinois Basin and the Powder River Basin.

For additional information, please contact Kathy Hager at 713-751-7555 or . Further information about NRP is available on the partnership's website at .

SOURCE Natural Resource Partners L.P.
CONTACT: Kathy Hager of Natural Resource Partners L.P., +1-713-751-7555,
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