Greetings from the DNR,
This week the Governor released his proposed 2016-2017 biennial budget. Attached is a DNR budget overview. The Legacy Funding Finance Committee heard an overview of the Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) report. Next week, the Minnesota Art’s Board and DNR will give presentations on Legacy funding.
The House Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee adopted as amended HF 358 (Natural resource enforcement activities and Zoological Board funding provided, and money appropriated), and re-referred the bill to Ways and Means. The Outdoor Heritage (HF 181) and the LCCMR (HF 390) bills were adopted as amended and referred to Government Operations and Elections Policy. Look for a DNR Budget overview next week.
In the Mining & Outdoor Recreation Committee, an informational hearing on silica sand mining was heard on Tuesday. Non-ferrous and ferrous mining informational hearings are scheduled for next week.
The Senate’s Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Budget Division heard testimony from the OLA on the DNR Forest Management Evaluation Report. The Division also heard a presentation on the 2014 Game & Fish Report.
Please contact me at email@example.com or Bob Meier (firstname.lastname@example.org ) if you have any comments on concerns. I hope you are able to enjoy Minnesota’s great outdoors. There are only three more weeks in the walleye and northern pike angling seasons.