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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 $1.0 billion has been appropriated to more than 2,300 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 $700 million to approximately 1,700 projects around the state.

Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 116P

2020 Request for Proposals

As of July 17, 2019, the Legislative‐Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) has tentatively selected through simple majority 77 projects totaling $61,387,000 to recommend to the 2020 Minnesota Legislature for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). A final decision on recommendations is pending. In response to LCCMR's 2020 Request for Proposal (RFP), 290 proposals requesting a total of approximately $203 million were received and considered through a competitive, multi‐stage evaluation. The following tentative recommendations range from funding the full proposal and dollar amount requested to partial funding for specific proposal elements.

Tentative Project Recommendations M.L. 2020 Proposal & Funding Process

2019 Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund Appropriations

On May 24, 2019, the legislature adopted 65 LCCMR recommendations as recommended, provided additional funds to two recommendations and modified one other. They also added 14 additional appropriations, primarily using funds freed up ($2.94 million FY19; $7.84 million FY20) following the repeal of M.L. 2018, Chapter 214, Article 6, Section 4 appropriation bonds. On May 31, 2019, 82 appropriations were signed into law by the Governor as M.L. 2019, First Special Session, Chapter 4, Article 2, for $64,476,000 total appropriations ($149,000 FY16, $2,940,000 FY19, and $61,387,000 FY20).

2019 ENRTF Appropriations M.L. 2019 Proposal & Funding Process M.L. 2019, First Special Session, Chapter 4.

LCCMR Biennial Report to the Legislature

The LCCMR biennial report as required in M.S. 116P.09, Subd. 7 from the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) due January 15, 2019 is available. The report covers LCCMR actions from Jan. 15, 2017 (date of the previous biennial report) to January 15, 2019, including summaries of past funding accomplishments and new recommendations for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

2019 LCCMR Biennial Report

Emerging Issues Account

The 2018 Legislature appropriated $439,000 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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