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Natural Resource Partners L.P. Increases Distribution

04/18/2006

HOUSTON, April 18, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Natural Resource Partners L.P. (NYSE: NRP and NYSE: NSP) today announced that the Board of Directors of its general partner has declared a first quarter 2006 distribution of $0.79 per unit for both NRP and NSP, an increase of $0.0275 in its quarterly distribution. This equates to an annualized distribution of $3.16 per unit. The distribution will be paid on May 12, 2006 to unitholders of record on May 1, 2006. This represents a 15% increase over the same period last year and makes the eleventh consecutive quarter that NRP has increased its distribution.

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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. The common units are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol NRP and the subordinated units are traded on the NYSE under the symbol NSP.

For additional information, please contact Kathy Hager at 713-751-7555 or khager@nrplp.com . Further information about NRP is available on the partnership's website at http://www.nrplp.com .

SOURCE Natural Resource Partners L.P.

Kathy Hager of Natural Resource Partners L.P., +1-713-751-7555, or khager@nrplp.com

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