A Minnesota budget includes critical funds for the DNR: January 24, 2023 | press release

Investments to connect people with nature, mitigate and adapt to climate change, proactively manage natural resources,
and respond to business needs

Governor Tim Walz and Lt. gov. Flanagan today released additional details of their One Minnesota Budget that provide a complete picture of the one-time and operational funding proposed for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The budget package would invest approximately $287.4 million to connect people with nature, mitigate and adapt to climate change, proactively manage natural resources, and meet operational needs.

“This budget gives us a unique opportunity to invest in our state’s outdoor recreation experiences and harness the power of our natural areas to mitigate climate change,” said DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen. “By investing in the state’s grasslands, wetlands and forests, we can address the climate challenge and improve our environment, public health and economy. This budget will allow more Minnesotans to connect with nature, regardless of how they experience the outdoors.”

Outdoor recreation, which contributes more than $9.9 billion to Minnesota’s economy annually and supports 91,000 jobs, depends on Minnesota’s well-managed outdoor recreation system. Many facilities managed by DNR, from state park buildings to fish farms, are 60 to 90 years old. For example, the state’s largest coldwater hatchery in Waterville, which supplies waterways across the state with walleye, pike, musk and channel catfish, is more than 70 years old. This budget invests in these facilities to ensure that fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, and paddling opportunities remain available to all Minnesotans and have the capacity to serve expanded uses.

Adapting to and mitigating climate change also requires critical investments, and Minnesota’s natural areas offer excellent opportunities to meet this urgent need. By investing in grassland, wetland and forest management, Minnesota can capture and store carbon and help mitigate the effects of climate change.

The Walz-Flanagan budget proposal includes investments in the following areas:

  • Connect people with nature
  • Climate protection and adaptation to climate change
  • Proactively manage natural resources
  • Address operational needs

For more information, see the Legislative Resources page on the DNR website.


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