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.
217 proposals were received by the May 15, 2017 deadline and the extended July 15, 2017 deadline for proposals deleted by the 2017 Legislature requesting a total of approximately $183 million in response to the 2018 Request for Proposal (RFP). Approximately $45.7 million from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund is expected to be available for funding recommendations to the 2018 Legislature for projects to begin July 1, 2018. NOTE: $5,089,000 of FY19 ENRTF funds were appropriated by the 2017 Legislature. On September 13-14, 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 September 26, 27, 28 and October 3, 4 and 5 - dates are as needed depending on the number of proposals selected to present to the Commission. Visit the M.L. 2018 Proposal & Funding Process main page for additional information.
On May 22, 2017 the Legislature adopted 63 of the recommendations, including 59 without any changes and 4 at a decreased dollar amount; deleted 7 of the recommendations; and added 2 new appropriations for a total of 65 appropriations. On 05/30/2017, 65 appropriations totaling $64,250,000, were signed into law by the Govenor as M.L. 2017, Chapter 96 for appropriation in FY17 ($8,428,000), FY18 ($50,733,000) and FY19 ($5,089,000). The appropriations are the result of the LCCMR's 2017 Request for Proposal (RFP) process, in which 195 proposals requesting a total of approximately $159.6 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. 2017 Proposal & Funding Process page for more information or for updates on activities and schedules.
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.
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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