The LCCMR is made up of 17 members: 5 Senators, 5 Representatives, 5 citizens appointed by the governor, 1 citizen appointed by the Senate, and 1 citizen appointed by the House. The function of the LCCMR is to make funding recommendations to the legislature for special environment and natural resource projects, primarily from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). These projects help maintain and enhance Minnesota's environment and natural resources. The LCCMR developed from a program initiated in 1963. Since 1963, approximately $900 million has been appropriated to more than 2,000 projects recommended to the legislature by the Commission to protect and enhance Minnesota's environment and natural resources.
- Susan Thornton, Director
Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF):
In 1988, 77% of Minnesota voters approved a constitutional amendment establishing the ENRTF (Article XI, Sec. 14) - a constitutionally dedicated fund that originates from a combination of Minnesota State Lottery proceeds and investment income. The purpose of the ENRTF is to provide a long-term, consistent, and stable source of funding for activities that protect, conserve, preserve, and enhance Minnesota's "air, water, land, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources" for the benefit of current citizens and future generations. Since 1991, the ENRTF has provided approximately $500 million to approximately 1,000 projects around the state.
In response to the 2017 Request for Proposal (RFP) due March 21,2016, 181 proposals requesting a total of approximately $142 million were received. This RFP process is for funding available beginning July 1, 2017. For that period, approximately $50 million from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund is currently expected to be available to recommend for project funding. Proposals are listed within funding priority topic areas in rank order based on preliminary staff evaluation using LCCMR adopted evaluation criteria.
The LCCMR will be reviewing, evaluating, and ranking all proposals received. On June 7-8, 2016, the LCCMR is scheduled to select a subset of proposals to receive further consideration and to invite to present before the Commission. Proposal presentations for those invited are scheduled to occur June 21, 22, 23, 27, 28 and 29 - dates are as needed depending on the number of proposals selected to present to the Commission. Check the LCCMR schedule for the most up-to-date information on important process dates.
On December 2, 2015, the LCCMR selected 89 projects totaling $46.3 million to recommend to the 2016 Minnesota Legislature for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). The recommendations are the result of the LCCMR's 2016 Request for Proposal (RFP) process, in which 186 proposals requesting a total of approximately $131 million were received and considered through a competitive, multi-stage evaluation process. The recommendations range from full funding for the full proposal and dollar amount requested to partial funding for specific proposal elements and partial dollar amounts requested. Visit the M.L. 2016 Proposal & Funding Process page for more information or for updates on activities and schedules. Summary of LCCMR Recommendations by Subdivision, Affiliation, and Area of Impact.
The 2015 Legislature appropriated $1,000,000 into the LCCMR's Emerging Issues Account authorized under M.S. 116P.08, Subd. 4. These funds can be allocated to efforts addressing an unexpected and urgent need in an expedited manner. For more information see the LCCMR's Emerging Issues Account Procedures or contact LCCMR staff. The LCCMR is also expected to next be discussing the emerging issues account funds at its September 16 meeting.
Interactive mapping tool for Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund funded fee title and conservation easement land acquisitions going back to calendar year 2005. The map can be used to locate parcels and get parcel details.
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