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Natural Resource Partners L.P. Acquires Frac Sand ORRI

06/01/2011

HOUSTON, June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Natural Resource Partners L.P. (NYSE: NRP)today reported the acquisition of a 21-year term overriding royalty interest in frac sand reserves located on approximately 711 acres near Tyler, Texas for a purchase price of $16.5 million, of which $14.4 million was funded at closing. The $14.4 million was funded with cash remaining from NRP's recent senior notes offering. The remaining $2.1 million will be funded upon satisfactory completion of a condition precedent.

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The reserves are strategically located near several shale gas basins in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Frac sand is utilized by oil and gas service companies in the fracturing process during the completion of wells.

The agreement is structured like other NRP leases with annual minimums, production royalty based on sales price and a minimum per ton for each ton sold. The reserve life is estimated to be in excess of the 21-year term. The sand reserves are currently being mined, processed, and sold and will immediately generate income for NRP.

Company Profile

Natural Resource Partners L.P. is a master limited partnership headquartered in Houston, TX, with its operations headquarters in Huntington, WV. NRP is principally engaged in the business of owning and managing mineral reserve properties. NRP primarily owns coal, aggregate and oil and gas reserves across the United States that generate royalty income for the partnership.

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

Forward Looking Statements

This press release may include "forward-looking statements" as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Such statements include the estimated life of the reserves. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the partnership expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on certain assumptions made by the partnership based on its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the partnership. These risks include, but are not limited to, decreases in demand for coal; changes in operating conditions and costs; production cuts by our lessees; commodity prices; unanticipated geologic problems; changes in the legislative or regulatory environment and other factors detailed in Natural Resource Partners' Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Natural Resource Partners L.P. has no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

SOURCE Natural Resource Partners L.P.

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