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2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$613,201
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$736,809
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$640,271
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$711,218
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$732,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$393,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$412,250
Fund Source

“Acquiring Land and Creating Opportunities - A Parks and Trails Strategic Objective” is a program area representing DNR’s commitment to one of the four pillars identified in the 25 year Legacy plan. The Legacy plan identifies its purpose to ‘create new and expanded park and trail opportunities to satisfy current customers as well as to reach out to new ones’.The purpose of this program is to call attention to the pillar, but also to centralize and streamline reporting on other related programs within the pillar.

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$214,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$239,000
Fund Source

Strategic planning efforts guide the expenditure of Legacy funds towards desired outcomes which are derived from public and stakeholder input, research, analysis and input from a variety of experts and leadership. Parks and Trails planners conduct these efforts. Staffing levels were adjusted to complete this legacy work. Legacy funds have also substantially increased the numbers of projects completed each year. Design and project management levels of work have increased correspondingly. Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Parks and Trails staff conduct these efforts.

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.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,375,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,375,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,375,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,375,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,375,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$525,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$600,000
Fund Source

The DNR is working with local communities and an interagency team to define, prioritize, and establish groundwater management areas in Minnesota. Groundwater management areas will have increased data collection and monitoring that allow the state and local communities to understand water supplies, uses, limitations, and threats to natural resources that depend on groundwater. This information will support detailed aquifer protection plans that ensure equitable and sustainable groundwater and drinking water use for the future.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$433,189
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$311,005
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$493,555
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$266,707
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$274,500
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$182,750
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$182,750
Fund Source

“Connecting People to the Outdoors- A Parks and Trails Strategic Objective” is a program area representing DNR’s commitment to one of the four pillars identified in the 25 year Legacy plan. The Legacy plan identifies its purpose to ‘better develop Minnesota’s stewards of tomorrow through efforts to increase life-long participation in parks and trails.’The purpose of this program is to call attention to the pillar, but also to centralize and streamline reporting on other related programs within the pillar.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
Fund Source

The Division of Parks and Trails (as directed by Chapter 172, Art. 3, Sec. 2, Subd. 3(c)) utilizes Conservation Corps of Minnesota services for restoration, maintenance, and other activities that supplement the ability to reach Legacy Fund goals. Budget associated with this program area capture an accounting of dollars that support CCM Summer Youth, Individual Placements, and special projects for park and trail renewal and development. Other dollars not accounted for in this program area are part of other PAT program areas and included as part of those budgets.

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

PROJECT OVERVIEW

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$371,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$355,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$310,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$17,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$17,000
Fund Source

“Coordinating with Partners- A Parks and Trails Strategic Objective” is a program area representing DNR’s commitment to one of the four pillars identified in the 25 year Legacy plan.

Recipient
MN DNR
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,875,000

The Minnesota County Geologic Atlas program is an ongoing effort begun in 1982 that is being conducted jointly by the University of Minnesota's Minnesota Geological Survey and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The program collects information on the geology of Minnesota to create maps and reports depicting the characteristics and pollution sensitivity of Minnesota's ground-water resources.

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
Fund Source

The commissioner shall develop a ten-year strategic state parks and trails plan considering traditional funding and the funding available under the Minnesota Constitution, article XI, section 15. The plan shall incorporate the 25-year framework developed by the University of Minnesota Center for Changing Landscapes. (HF 1231, Art 3, Sec 2)

Recipient
Chippewa River Watershed Project
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$247,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Recipient
Farmers Legal Action Group, Inc.
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,808,000
Fund Source

Minnesota’s use of groundwater has increased over the last two decades. An increasing reliance on groundwater may not be a sustainable path for continued economic growth and development.

Recipient
Pheasants Forever, Inc.
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$25,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$26,000

Pheasants Forever provides coordination, mapping, and data management for the Habitat Corridors Partnership. Funds are being used to coordinate the partnership, guide strategic outreach and implementation efforts, manage project data, and provide reporting and mapping of accomplishments.

Recipient
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$387,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$388,000

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Ducks Unlimited are working together to provide technical assistance to landowners that that will result in the protection of approximately 2,500 acres of prairies and wetlands in southern and western Minnesota. As a result of this appropriation, an estimated $4 million of additional funding for conservation is anticipated to be provided in match by the federal Wetland Reserve Program.

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

PROJECT OVERVIEW
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages over 2,135 state Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) and Aquatic Management Areas (AMA) containing over 1.3 million acres. This appropriation is enabling the DNR to develop an information system that will better facilitate the management of the state's WMAs and AMAs by helping to identify needs; prioritize, plan, and carry out related activities; track and assess results of activities; and make the information available to resource management professionals and the public.

Recipient
Audubon Minnesota
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$151,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Recipient
Itasca County Soil and Water Conservation District
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$80,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$80,000


OVERALL PROJECT OUTCOME AND RESULTS
The impetus for this project was the need to better protect and manage functional lake ecosystems in Minnesota. There is widespread concern about the consequences of poorly planned development on water quality and fish and wildlife habitat. Given the increased demands for water and shoreland, continued habitat fragmentation and loss of species diversity, protection of sensitive lakeshores is critical.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,406,456
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,456,863
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,438,933
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$803,121
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$823,500
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$570,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$595,000
Fund Source

“Maintaining Existing Holdings - A Parks and Trails Strategic Objective” is a program area representing DNR’s commitment to one of the four pillars identified in the 25 year Legacy plan.

Recipient
MN DNR
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,175,000

Project Outcome and Results

Recipient
MN DNR
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$410,000

Project Outcome and Results

Recipient
Minnesota Land Trust
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$20,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$20,000

The Minnesota Land Trust provides coordination, mapping, and data management for the Metropolitan Conservation Corridors partnership. Funds are being used to coordinate the partnership, guide strategic outreach and implementation efforts, manage project data, and provide reporting and mapping of accomplishments.

Recipient
Dakota County
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$517,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$518,000

Through this appropriation Dakota County plans to permanently protect approximately 287 acres along rivers, including the Vermillion and Cannon Rivers, by securing conservation easements from willing landowners. For all acres protected, natural resource management plans will be prepared to ensure their long term stewardship. Additionally, restoration and enhancement activities are expected to occur on approximately 75 acres.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,350,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,350,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,800,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,800,000
Fund Source

This project will create a high accuracy elevation dataset - critical for effectively planning and implementing water quality projects - for the state of Minnesota using LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and geospatial mapping technologies. Although some areas of the state have been mapped previously, many counties remain unmapped or have insufficient or inadequate data. This multi-year project, to be completed in 2012, is a collaborative effort of Minnesota's Digital Elevation Committee and partners with county surveyors to ensure accuracy with ground-truthing.

Recipient
Smith Partners PLLP
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$87,000

The laws governing the drainage of Minnesota wetlands and other areas have been largely unchanged for more than a century. However, many other laws protecting public waters and wetlands and governing water use have been enacted as concerns about water quality and land use increase. Often these laws conflict. The Smith Partners Law Firm is analyzing the legal and policy issues surrounding Minnesota's drainage laws in order to make recommendations to the legislature on updating the laws to reflect the realities of the 21st century.

Recipient
Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$87,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$88,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Recipient
MN DNR
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$500,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$500,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$226,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$104,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$185,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$185,000
Fund Source

The 17 member Park and Trail Legacy Advisory Committee is appointed by the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, the Chair of the Metropolitan Council and the Chair of the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission.

Recipient
St. Croix River Association
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$60,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$60,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Recipient
MN DNR
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$820,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$820,000


PROJECT OVERVIEW

Recipient
DNR
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,750,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Recipient
MN DNR
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$590,000

Minnesota's Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) Program is an effort to preserve and perpetuate the state's ecological diversity and ensure that no single rare feature is lost from any region of the state. This includes unique landforms, fossil remains, plant and animal communities, rare and endangered species, or other unique biotic or geological features. These sites play an important role in scientific study, public education, and outdoor recreation.

Recipient
Dovetail Partners, Inc.
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$318,967
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$301,962
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$316,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$258,755
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$118,000
Fund Source

The Watershed Health Assessment Framework is a web-based tool for resource managers and others interested in the ecological health of Minnesota’s watersheds. The framework uses five ecological components to organize and deliver information about watershed health conditions in Minnesota. The five components are: hydrology, connectivity, biology, geomorphology, and water quality. The WHAF website strives to make complex issues easier to visualize. An interactive map delivers 27 health scores organized by the five components.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$248,238
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$223,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$223,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$190,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$190,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$235,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$235,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$190,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$180,000
Fund Source

This project delineates and maps watersheds (drainage areas) of lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands for the state of Minnesota and provides watershed maps in digital form for use in geographic information systems. These maps become the basis for clean water planning and implementation efforts.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,567,033
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,940,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,624,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,591,245
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,750,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,630,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,630,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,182,500
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$689,000
Fund Source

The DNR's Regional Clean Water Specialists and Area Hydrologists work with other state agencies and local partners to help identify the causes of pollution problems and determine the best strategies for fixing them. A statewide coordinator works with the DNR and external partners to ensure funds are spent in the most effective and efficient manner to meet the State's clean water goals.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$176,762
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$202,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$202,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$185,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$185,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$230,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$230,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$95,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$85,000
Fund Source

The DNR provides technical support to watershed managers and landowners regarding drainage issues. Drainage experts are using a state of the art computer model to look at cumulative impacts of drainage and land-use practices and determine the benefits of site-specific best management practice. This work is with multiple partners and at multiple scales.

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
Fund Source

The DNR is directed by Minnesota Law 2016, Chapter 172, Article 2, Section 12 to request proposals for a potential design-build project to augment White Bear Lake with water from East Vadnais Lake.

Recipient
Zumbro Watershed Partnership
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000

OVERALL PROJECT OUTCOME AND RESULTS
This project identified and prioritized areas in the Zumbro River Watershed that were determined critical for restoring and protecting water quality. Studies suggested that small areas of the landscape contribute disproportionately to nonpoint source pollution. So implementation of conservation projects that focus on those areas will maximize water quality benefits and ensure efficient use of resources.