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.
The LCCMR's 2017 Request for Proposal (RFP) for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund was issued on December 15, 2015. This RFP is for funds to become available on July 1, 2017. Proposals are due by 4:30 PM on Monday, March 21, 2016. Click above to download a PDF of the RFP. Visit the M.L. 2017 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).
At its meeting on December 2, 2015, the LCCMR finalized its 2016 funding recommendations for 89 projects for totaling $46.3 million 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. The LCCMR will meet in December to finalize its funding recommendations package before the recommendations are submitted to the 2016 Minnesota Legislature for review and approval. 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.
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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