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.
Proposals selected thus far to present to LCCMR during June 7 meeting.
STANDARD DEADLINE: 181 proposals requesting a total of approximately $142 million were received. This RFP process is for funding available beginning July 1, 2017. For that period, approximately $50 million from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund is currently expected to be available to recommend for project funding, plus an additional $8.4 million remains available for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016, due to Governor vetoes in the 2016 funding bill. The LCCMR reviewed, evaluated, and ranked all proposals received. On June 7 the LCCMR selected 88 proposals requesting a total of approximately $86 million to invite in for a presentation before the Commission for further consideration.
In addition to the 88 proposals selected for further consideration thus far, seven projects that were added to the 2016 funding bill by the 2016 Legislature but vetoed by the Governor are being given the opportunity to submit a proposal and give a presentation to the LCCMR for consideration as part of the LCCMR's 2017 funding recommendations process, if these projects choose to do so. Furthermore, 10 proposals that were part of the LCCMR's 2016 recommendations but removed from the funding bill by the Legislature will be given reconsideration when the LCCMR determines its 2017 funding recommendations on July 12 and 13 if the proposer wishes for this to occur. The Legislature also extended the LCCMR's proposal deadline to June 26 for proposals requesting over $750,000, so there may be some additional proposals, yet to be determined, that will also be allowed to present to the LCCMR and be considered for a 2017 funding recommendation.
Check the LCCMR schedule for the most up-to-date information on important process dates.
EXTENDED DEADLINE: The 2016 MN Legislature included a provision that waived the LCCMR's 2017 RFP deadline through Sunday, June 26, 2016 for proposals requesting $750,000 or more. Proposal templates and some additional information pertaining to proposal requirements and evaluation criteria is available below. In order to facilitate LCCMR review of submissions for this deadline extension anyone planning to submit a 2017 proposal of $750,000 or more under this extended deadline should call LCCMR staff to communicate their intention to submit.
The LCCMR selected 89 proposals to be recommended to the 2016 MN Legislature to collectively receive $46.3 million in funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. The Legislature adopted 79 of the recommendations, including 73 without any changes and 6 at a decreased or increased dollar amount; dropped 10 of the recommendations; and added 7 new appropriations for a total of 86 appropriations. On 05/31/16, 79 of the appropriations, totaling $37,909,000, were signed into law by the Governor as M.L. 2016, Chapter 186 and 7 appropriations, totaling $8,428,000, were line-item vetoed.
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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