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.
On July 12-13, 2016, the LCCMR selected 69 projects (Allocation Spreadsheet) (Recommendations Spreadsheet) totaling $59.3 million to recommend to the 2017 Minnesota Legislature for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) beginning July 1, 2017. The recommendations 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 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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