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.
186 proposals requesting a total of approximately $131 million were received in response to the 2016 Request for Proposal (RFP) by the deadline of May 11, 2015. Approximately $46.3 million from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund is expected to be available for funding recommendations to the 2016 Legislature for projects to begin July 1, 2016. Visit the M.L. 2016 Proposal & Funding Process main page for additional information.
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.
The LCCMR selected 65 projects totaling $46.3 million to recommend to the 2015 Minnesota Legislature for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). The Legislature adopted all 63 of these project recommendations and replaced two of them with two new projects appropriations. All 65 appropriations were signed into law by the Governor on 05/22/15 as M.L. 2015, Chapter 76. Visit the M.L. 2015 Proposal & Funding Process main page for additional information.
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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