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LCCMR

Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources


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.

Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF)

Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund logo

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.

Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 116P

2019 Project Recommendations

As of July 18, 2018 the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) has selected 67 projects totaling $53,695,700 to recommend to the 2019 Minnesota Legislature for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). The recommendations are the result of the LCCMR's 2019 Request for Proposal (RFP) process, in which 273 proposals requesting a total of approximately $191 million were received and considered through a competitive, multi-stage evaluation. The recommendations range from funding the full proposal and dollar amount requested to partial funding for specific proposal elements.

2019 Project Recommendations M.L. 2019 Proposal & Funding Process

2018 Project Appropriations

On May 20, 2018 the legislature adopted 65 LCCMR recommendations, including three with reduced amounts, one with an increased amount, and two added appropriations. On May 30, 2018, 67 appropriations totaling $45,828,000 were signed into law by the Governor as M.L. 2018, Chapter 214, Article 4 and Article 6, for appropriations in FY18 ($89,000) and FY19 ($45,739,000). The appropriations are the result of the LCCMR's 2018 Request for Proposal (RFP) process, in which 217 proposals requesting a total of approximately $183 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.

2018 Project Appropriations M.L. 2018, Chapter 214 M.L. 2018 Proposal & Funding Process

Emerging Issues Account

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.

Emerging Issues Account Procedures

LCCMR Six-Year Strategic Plan and Statewide Conservation and Preservation Plan

  • LCCMR Six-Year Strategic Plan for the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund - Revised and Adopted December 10, 2013
  • Statewide Conservation and Preservation Plan: A comprehensive inventory and assessment of Minnesota's environment and natural resources that identifies critical issues and trends affecting Minnesota's environment and natural resources and provides recommendations for strategies to best address these issues and trends.

LCCMR Six-Year Strategic Plan Statewide Conservation and Preservation Plan

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