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M.L. 2023 ENRTF Recommendations

2023 Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund Recommendations

For FY 2024 (July 1, 2023 ‐June 30, 2024), approximately $79 million is available for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) and approximately $189,000 is available from the Great Lakes Protection Account (GLPA). As of August 30, 2022, the Legislative‐Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) has selected 85 projects totaling $79,833,000 to recommend to the 2023 Minnesota Legislature for funding from the ENRTF and the GLPA. The recommendations are a result of the LCCMR’s 2023 Request for Proposal (RFP) process in which 174 proposals requesting a total of approximately $164 million were received and considered through a competitive, multi‐stage evaluation. The recommendations range from funding the full proposal and dollar amount requested to partial funding for specific proposal elements.

Check the LCCMR schedule for the most up-to-date information and important process dates.


Visit the 2023 Proposal & Funding Process Main Page for additional information.


Print-ready PDF list of 2023 proposals selected to present - listed by category with project summaries (11-pages).

Print-ready PDF list of 2023 proposals selected to present - listed by category without project summaries (7-pages).

Summary and process of the 2023 proposals recommended by the LCCMR.

Viewing Proposals

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Topic Area $ Recommended Percentage of Total Recommendation
Subd. 03 Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information
(19 Recommendations)
$8,219,000 10.30%
Subd. 04 Water Resources
(13 Recommendations)
$8,328,000 10.43%
Subd. 05 Environmental Education
(8 Recommendations)
$3,905,000 4.89%
Subd. 06 Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species
(2 Recommendations)
$5,104,000 6.39%
Subd. 07 Air Quality, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy
(6 Recommendations)
$3,913,000 4.90%
Subd. 08 Methods to Protect or Restore Land, Water, and Habitat
(18 Recommendations)
$15,997,000 20.04%
Subd. 09 Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation
(15 Recommendations)
$31,241,000 39.13%
Subd. 10 Administration and Contract Agreement Reimbursement
(4 Recommendations)
$3,126,000 3.92%
Total Project $ $79,833,000 100%


Fund Source $ Amount
FY 2024 - Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) $79,644,000
Great Lakes Protection Account (GLPA) $189,000
Total $ $79,833,000

*NOTE: Region designated in the State include Statewide, Central, Metro, NE, NW, SE, SW. Metro region includes the 11 counties of Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, and Wright.

Draft Work Plan
Subd.
Proposal ID Title LCCMR Total
Recomended
Amount (FY24)
Organization Project
Manager
Region*
Subd. 03 Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information     (19 Recommendations = $8,219,000)
03a 2023-044 Assessing Restorations for Rusty-Patched and Other Bumblebee Habitat $75,000 Friends of the Mississippi River Alex Roth Metro
03b 2023-066 Removing Barriers to Carbon Market Entry $482,000 U of MN, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences John Zobel Statewide
03c 2023-072 Mapping Migratory Pitstops in Minnesota $340,000 Audubon Minnesota Dale Gentry Statewide
03d 2023-086 Enhancing Knowledge of Minnesota River Fish Ecology $199,000 MN DNR, Fish and Wildlife Division Anthony Sindt Metro, SE, SW
03e 2023-090 Changing Distribution of Flying Squirrel Species in Minnesota $186,000 U of MN, Duluth - NRRI Michael Joyce Statewide
03f 2023-092 Statewide Forest Carbon Inventory and Change Mapping $987,000 MN DNR, Forestry Division David Wilson Statewide
03g 2023-120 Predicting the Future by Understanding the Paste $170,000 U of MN, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Lynn Waterhouse Statewide
03h 2023-139 Assessing Status of Common Tern Populations in Minnesota $199,000 U of MN, Duluth - NRRI Annie Bracey Statewide
03i 2023-146 Salvaged Wildlife to Inform Environmental Health, Ecology, Education $486,000 U of MN, Bell Museum of Natural History Sushma Reddy Statewide
03j 2023-154 Developing Conservation Priorities for Rare and Specialist Bees $619,000 U of MN, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Ian Lane Statewide
03k 2023-169 Efficacy of Urban Archery Hunting to Manage Deer $393,000 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Bemidji State University Jacob Haus NW
03l 2023-183 Mapping the Ecology of Urban and Rural Canids $601,000 U of MN, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences James Forester Central, Metro
03m 2023-186 Maximizing Lowland Conifer Ecosystem Services: Phase 2 $482,000 U of MN, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Marcella Windmuller-Campione Central, NE, NW
03n 2023-209 Modernizing Minnesota’s Wildlife (and Plant!) Action Plan $889,000 MN DNR, Ecological and Water Resources Division Kristin Hall Statewide
03o 2023-217 Linking Breeding and Migratory Bird Populations in Minnesota $199,000 Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory Emily Pavlovic Statewide
03p 2023-218 Old Growth Forest Monitoring $441,000 MN DNR, Ecological and Water Resources Division Emily Peters Statewide
03q 2023-222 Integrating Remotely Sensed Data with Traditional Forest Inventory $191,000 U of MN, Duluth - NRRI John Du Plissis NE
03r 2023-232 Community Response Monitoring for Adaptive Management $483,000 The Nature Conservancy David Ruff SE
03s 2023-248 Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas - Phase 3 $797,000 U of MN, Bell Museum of Natural History George Weiblen Statewide
Subtotal $8,219,000      
Subd. 04 Water Resources     (13 Recommendations = $8,328,000)
04a 2023-004 Ditching Delinquent Ditches: Optimizing Wetland Restoration $199,000 U of MN, College of Science and Engineering Andrew Wickert Statewide
04b 2023-022 Regional Assessment of Project Outcomes in the RRB $920,000 Red River Basin Flood Damage Reduction Work Group Andrew Graham NW
04c 2023-026 Wind Wave and Boating Impacts on Inland Lakes $415,000 U of MN, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory Jeffrey Marr Statewide
04d 2023-063 Finding, Capturing, and Destroying PFAS in Minnesota Waters $478,000 U of MN, College of Science and Engineering William Arnold Statewide
04e 2023-074 Sinking and Suspended Microplastic Particles in Lake Superior $412,000 U of MN, Duluth - Large Lakes Observatory Elizabeth Minor NE
04f 2023-107 Ecotoxicological Impacts of Quinone Outside Inhibitor (QoI) Fungicides $279,000 University of St. Thomas Kristine Wammer Statewide
04g 2023-129 Brightsdale Dam Channel Restoration $1,004,000 Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District Anne Koliha SE
04h 2023-134 Mapping Aquifer Recharge Potential $391,000 U of MN, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory Peter Kang Statewide
04i 2023-137 ALASD's Chloride Source Reduction Pilot Program $764,000 Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District (ALASD) Scott Gilbertson Central
04j 2023-215 Removing CECs from Stormwater with Biofiltration $641,000 U of MN, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory Andy Erickson Metro
04k 2023-237 Didymo II – The North Shore Threat Continues $394,000 Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Croix Watershed Research Station Mark Edlund NE
04l 2023-238 Leveraging Innovations in Data Analytics for Project Implementation $738,000 Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Brian Beck Statewide
04m 2023-247 Protecting Minnesota's Headwaters of the Mississippi/Pineland Sands $1,693,000 Anishinaabe Agriculture Institute Jamie Konopacky Central
Subtotal $8,328,000      
Subd. 05 Environmental Education     (8 Recommendations = $3,905,000)
05a 2023-008 Fostering Conservation by Connecting Students to the BWCA $1,080,000 Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness Alison Nyenhuis Statewide
05b 2023-051 Statewide Environmental Education via PBS Outdoor Series $391,000 Pioneer PBS Cindy Dorn Statewide
05c 2023-062 Increasing Diversity in Environmental Careers $763,000 MN DNR, Operational Services Division (OSD) Mimi Daniel Statewide
05d 2023-167 Reducing Biophobia & Fostering Environmental Stewardship in Underserved Schools $180,000 U of MN, Raptor Center Victoria Hall Statewide
05e 2023-185 LCCMR Stories: Sharing Minnesota's Biggest Environmental Investment $628,000 Science Museum of Minnesota Joy Hobbs Statewide
05f 2023-201 North Shore Private Forestry Outreach and Implementation $375,000 Sugarloaf The North Shore Stewardship Association Molly Thompson NE
05g 2023-223 Teaching Students about Watersheds through Outdoor Science $290,000 Minnesota Trout Unlimited John Lenczewski Statewide
05h 2023-229 Bioblitz Urban Parks: Engaging Communities in Scientific Efforts $198,000 Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board MaryLynn Pulscher Metro
Subtotal $3,905,000      
Subd. 06 Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species     (2 Recommendations = $5,104,000)
06a 2023-153 Northward Expansion of Ecologically-Damaging Amphibians and Reptiles $163,000 U of MN, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Kenneth Kozak Statewide
06b 2023-176 Developing Research-Based Solutions to Minnesota's AIS Problems $4,941,000 U of MN, MAISRC Nicholas Phelps Statewide
Subtotal $5,104,000      
Subd. 07 Air Quality, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy     (6 Recommendations = $3,913,000)
07a 2023-013 Community Forestry AmeriCorps $1,500,000 ServeMinnesota Sharon Delcambre Statewide
07b 2023-043 Biochar Implementation in Habitat Restoration: Pilot $185,000 Great River Greening Todd Rexine Central, Metro, SE
07c 2023-101 Completing Installment of the Minnesota Ecological Monitoring Network $1,094,000 MN DNR, Ecological and Water Resources Division Holly Bernado Statewide
07d 2023-152 Lichens as Low-Cost Air Quality Monitors in Minnesota $341,000 U of MN, College of Biological Sciences Natalia Mossmann Koch Statewide
07e 2023-171 Environment-Friendly Decarbonizing of Steel Production with Hydrogen Plasma $739,000 U of MN, College of Science and Engineering Uwe Kortshagen Statewide
07f 2023-240 Economic Analysis Guide for Minnesota Climate Investments $54,000 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency David Bael Statewide
Subtotal $3,913,000      
Subd. 08 Methods to Protect or Restore Land, Water, and Habitat     (18 Recommendations = $15,997,000)
08a 2023-006 Minnesota Bee and Beneficial Species Habitat Enhancement II $876,000 Pheasants Forever Inc Sabin Adams Statewide
08b 2023-010 Karner Blue Butterfly Insurance Population Establishment in Minnesota $405,000 Three Rivers Park District John Moriarty Metro
08c 2023-025 Root River Habitat Restoration $866,000 Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center Colleen Foehrenbacher SE
08d 2023-060 Restoring Mussels in Streams and Lakes - Continuation $825,000 MN DNR, Ecological and Water Resources Division Madeline Pletta Statewide
08e 2023-061 Minnesota Million: Seedlings for Reforestation and CO2 Sequestration $906,000 U of MN, Duluth Julie Etterson Statewide
08f 2023-080 Panoway on Wayzata Bay Shoreline Restoration Project $200,000 City of Wayzata Nick Kieser Metro
08g 2023-105 Pollinator Central III: Habitat Improvement with Community Monitoring $190,000 Great River Greening Rebecca Tucker Metro
08h 2023-117 Restoring Forests and Savannas Using Silvopasture - Phase2 $674,000 Great River Greening Brad Gordon Statewide
08i 2023-135 Minnesota Community Schoolyards $1,433,000 The Trust for Public Land Eric Weiss Statewide
08j 2023-136 Pollinator Enhancement and Mississippi River Shoreline Restoration $187,000 Department of Military Affairs Josh Pennington Central
08k 2023-142 Conservation Cooperative for Working Lands $2,611,000 Pheasants Forever Inc Tanner Bruse Statewide
08l 2023-177 Quantifying Environmental Benefits of Peatland Restoration in Minnesota $754,000 U of MN, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences John Nieber NE, NW
08m 2023-181 Renewing Access to an Iconic North Shore Vista $197,000 Superior Hiking Trail Association Lisa Luokkala NE
08n 2023-189 Addressing Erosion Along High Use River Loops $368,000 Superior Hiking Trail Association Lisa Luokkala NE
08o 2023-211 Pollinator Habitat Creation at Minnesota Closed Landfills $1,508,000 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Eric Pederson Statewide
08p 2023-212 Enhancing Habitat Connectivity within the Urban Mississippi Flyway $190,000 Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Adam Arvidson Metro
08q 2023-219 Statewide Diversion of Furniture and Mattress Waste Pilots $2,833,000 EMERGE Community Development Shawn Dolan Statewide
08r 2023-250 Phelps Mill Wetland and Prairie Restoration $974,000 Otter Tail County Nicholas Leonard Central
Subtotal $15,997,000      
Subd. 09 Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation     (15 Recommendations = $31,241,000)
09a 2023-028 SNA Stewardship, Outreach, and Biodiversity Protection $1,919,000 MN DNR, Ecological and Water Resources Division Jan Shaw Wolff Statewide
09b 2023-032 Wannigan Regional Park Land Acquisition $727,000 Frazee Community Development Corporation, Wannigan Regional Park Land Acquisition FCDC Denise Anderson NW
09c 2023-039 Local Parks, Trails and Natural Areas Grant Programs $3,802,000 MN DNR, Grants Unit Audrey Mularie Statewide
09d 2023-064 Native Prairie Outreach and Stewardship through Native Prairie $620,000 MN DNR, Ecological and Water Resources Division Judy Schulte Central, NW, SW
09e 2023-081 Minnesota State Trails Development $4,952,000 MN DNR, State Parks and Trails Division Kent Skaar Statewide
09f 2023-091 East Park $700,000 City of St. Joseph Nate Keller Central
09g 2023-110 Scandia Gateway Trail to William O'Brien State Park $2,689,000 City of Scandia Kenneth Cammilleri Metro
09h 2023-147 Grand Marais Mountain Bike Trail Rehabilitation: Phase II $200,000 Superior Cycling Association Paul Nordlund NE
09i 2023-148 Acquisition of State Parks and Trails In-holdings $5,425,000 MN DNR, State Parks and Trails Division Shelby Kok Statewide
09j 2023-172 St. Louis River Re-Connect Phase II $1,375,000 City of Duluth Cliff Knettel NE
09k 2023-207 City of Biwabik Recreation $1,306,000 City of Biwabik Jeff Jacobson NE
09l 2023-210 Silver Bay Multimodal Trailhead Project $1,970,000 City of Silver Bay Lana Fralich NE
09m 2023-213 Above the Falls Regional Park Acquisition and Restoration $1,376,000 Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Adam Arvidson Metro
09n 2023-231 Redhead Mountain Bike Park $1,666,000 Minnesota Discovery Center Donna Johnson NE
09o 2023-249 Maplewood State Park Trail Segment $2,514,000 Otter Tail County Nicholas Leonard Central
Subtotal $31,241,000      
Subd. 10 Administration and Contract Agreement Reimbursement     (4 Recommendations Plus Buffer = $3,126,000)
10a 2023-001 LCCMR Administrative Budget Placeholder $2,000,000 Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources Becca Nash Statewide
10b 2023-002 Emerging Issues $650,000 Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources Becca Nash Statewide
10c 2023-073 ML 2023 Contract Agreement Reimbursement $224,000 MN DNR, Grants Unit Katherine Sherman-Hoehn Statewide
10d 2023-254 LCCMR Buffer $250,000 Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources Becca Nash Statewide
10e 2023-255 LCC Legacy Website $2,000 Legislative Coordinating Commission Sally Olson Statewide
Subtotal $3,126,000      
Total $79,833,000      

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