Minnesota's Legacy

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Recipient
MN DNR
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$700,000

To map the aggregate resource potential of 6 counties. Each county has passed a county board resolution requesting this work to be completed.

Statewide
Recipient
Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$440,000

Reducing nitrate leaching on sandy soils of central Minnesota by developing water-efficient production methods, supply chains, and end-use markets for thee profitable perennial crops: Kernza, prairie, and alfalfa.

Statewide
Recipient
MN DNR
2009 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,250,000

Overall Project Outcome and Results (includes Use and Dissemination)
Minnesota's native prairie covered about 18 million acres at the time of the public land surveys (1847-1908); currently less than one percent remains. This multi-faceted prairie project was designed to increase conservation of native prairie and provide tools for long-term management and assessment of this rare resource. Project results addressed:

Recipient
MN DNR
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$320,000

Provide 7-8 accessible fishing piers in locations that have a high potential to serve new angling communities, undeserved populations and anglers with physical disabilities.

Statewide
Recipient
Blue Earth County Drainage Authority
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$110,000
Blue Earth
Recipient
University of St. Thomas
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$203,000

The occurrences of contaminants including antibiotics, other pharmaceuticals, and personal care products in the environment have gained increasing attention in recent years because of their potential health and ecological impacts. However, serious gaps remain in our understanding of these contaminants and the significance of the threats they may pose, such as to drinking water. Through this appropriation scientists at the University of St.

Anoka
Dakota
Goodhue
Hennepin
Ramsey
Sherburne
Stearns
Wabasha
Wright
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological and Water Resources
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,177,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,513,000

To address the problems caused by invasive species, the 1991 Minnesota Legislature directed the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to establish the Invasive Species Program. The program is designed to implement actions to prevent the spread of invasive species and manage invasive aquatic plants and wild animals (Minnesota Statutes 84D).
The three primary goals of the DNR Invasive Species Program are to:
1. Prevent the introduction of new invasive species into Minnesota.
2. Prevent the spread of invasive species within Minnesota.

Recipient
University of St. Thomas
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$287,000
Statewide
Recipient
MN DNR
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$260,000

Over a three-month period in 2010, approximately five million barrels of oil was spilled into the Gulf of Mexico causing extensive damage to marine and wildlife habitats and resulting in significant losses in fish and wildlife populations. A number of Minnesota's migratory bird species spend parts of their lives in the areas impacted by the spill and impacts on their populations in the state could become evident over time.

Statewide
Recipient
Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000
Hennepin
Recipient
MN DNR
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$141,000
Statewide
Recipient
DNR
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$262,000


PROJECT OVERVIEW

Statewide
Recipient
University of St. Thomas
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$95,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$95,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Blue Earth
Le Sueur
Nicollet
Recipient
Benton Soil and Water Conservation District
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$431,000
Benton
Morrison
Recipient
City of Virginia
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$550,000

This project consists of the reconstruction of the existing Bailey Lake Trail and construction of a new fishing pier on Bailey Lake.

Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Recreation and Park Association
2009 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$45,000

Overall Project Outcomes and Results
The 2004 LCMR Parks Study and the 2003-2008 State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) recommended better coordination among Minnesota's outdoor recreation providers. This project addressed these recommendations by engaging public and private outdoor recreation leaders to transform better coordination into shared knowledge and practices.

Recipient
DNR
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Statewide
Recipient
MN DNR
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$140,000

Garlic mustard is a non-native, invasive plant species that is severely threatening native plant communities and degrading wildlife habitat in forest and riparian zones throughout the state. The plant is considered the highest priority species for development of long-term management solutions such as biological control, which involves using natural enemies of a non-native species from its native region to control or reduce the impact of the species in the areas where they are invasive.

Statewide
Recipient
City of Babbitt
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000

This project consists of expanding the existing Birch Lake Recreation Area to add a new 22 acre campground that will include 49 campsites for recreational vehicles and tent campers.

Statewide
Recipient
Superior Cycling Association
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000

Sustainably built singletrack mountain bike trail connecting trail clusters that draws new visitors and becomes part of the NE Minnesota efforts to become a national destination for mountain biking.

Statewide
Recipient
The NetWork for Better Futures d/b/a Better Futures Minnesota
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$845,000
Statewide
Recipient
City of Champlin
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,000,000
Hennepin
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$600,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$600,000

The purpose of the DNR Wildlife Health Program is to monitor wildlife populations for diseases, to provide information to support management decisions based on accurate information, and to minimize negative ecological, recreational, and economic impacts.

Recipient
Metro Blooms
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$279,000

Project Overview

Hennepin
Recipient
Rural Renewable Energy Alliance
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$490,000
Cass
Crow Wing
Recipient
Great River Greening
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$524,000
Carver
Chisago
Hennepin
Recipient
Minnesota Trout Unlimited
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$400,000
Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Trout Unlimited
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$400,000

Students will get outdoors for hands-on learning focused on water quality, groundwater, aquatic life, watershed health and their role as watershed stewards. Introductions to fishing and conservation will be offered.

Statewide
Recipient
Wilderness Inquiry
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,200,000
Statewide
Recipient
Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$450,000

This project will connect over 11,000 students to the Boundary Waters through classroom education and wilderness canoe experiences, targeting diverse and underserved populations across Minnesota.

Statewide
Recipient
DNR
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$160,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Statewide
Recipient
Saint Johns University
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,300,000
Stearns
Recipient
MN DNR
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000

The purchase of conservation easements—restrictions on land use that protect natural features while keeping land in private ownership—has proven to be an effective means to protect land at a lower initial cost than full state ownership. However, once an easement is purchased there are ongoing stewardship, monitoring, and enforcement responsibilities necessary to ensure the terms of the agreement between the easement holder and the landowner are met.

Statewide
Recipient
MN DNR
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$600,000

Grassland ecosystems evolved to depend on periodic disturbances, such as fire and grazing, to maintain their health and stability. Periodic disturbances help control invasive species, add nutrients back into the soil, germinate plant seeds, enhance wildlife habitat, and more. In Minnesota habitat managers have used fire as a disturbance tool for decades but the use of grazing has been much rarer, mostly because of a lack of necessary infrastructure such as fencing.

Becker
Big Stone
Blue Earth
Brown
Chippewa
Clay
Douglas
Faribault
Grant
Kittson
Lac qui Parle
Mahnomen
Norman
Otter Tail
Polk
Pope
Redwood
Stearns
Stevens
Traverse
Wilkin
Recipient
MN DNR
2009 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000

Overall Project Outcome and Results

Recipient
MN DNR
2009 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$520,000


Overall Project Outcome and Results
The DNR needed comprehensive information about its conservation easements in a centralized database and an agency-wide plan to monitor and enforce the easements.

Project objectives were to:

Recipient
MN DNR
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Statewide
Recipient
Cass County Environmental Services Department
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Cass
Recipient
MN DNR
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
Statewide
Recipient
MN DNR
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000

Appropriations to non-state entities must be made through a formal contract with a state entity that manages all of the funds for the project on a reimbursement basis. This appropriation to Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) funds the expenses incurred by the DNR in contracting, contract management, and expense re-imbursement for most of the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund appropriations made to non-state entities, including both new projects funded during the biennium and existing projects funded in previous bienniums.

Statewide