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, over $735 million has been appropriated to more than 1,700 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 more than $360 million to more than 800 projects around the state.
The LCCMR's 2014 Request for Proposal (RFP) for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund has been issued. This RFP is for funds to become available on July 1, 2014. Proposals are due by 4:30 PM on Friday, June 7, 2013. Click above to download a PDF of the RFP. Visit the M.L. 2014 Proposal & Funding Process page for more information or for updates on activities and schedules. Below are links to the online submission form and downloadable templates for required proposal sections (see the RFP for more information).
The LCCMR selected 46 proposals to be recommended to the 2013 MN Legislature to collectively receive $38.2 million in funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. The LCCMR funding recommendations were introduced in the House as H.F. 1113 and in the Senate as S.F. 987. The Legislature adopted all 46 of these project recommendations and added one additional project. All 47 appropriations were signed into law by the Governor on 05/09/13.
Visit the 2012-2013 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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