Minnesota's waters, natural lands, and diverse fish and wildlife habitats are conserved and enhanced.
Shifts in land use, the spread of invasive species, pollution and a changing climate are combining today to create some of the greatest challenges Minnesota's natural lands and waters have ever faced. Development and fragmentation of habitat adjacent to public land is impeding natural resource management, restricting public recreational access and reducing the health of natural lands. Under a changing climate we expect to see more severe storms, larger wildfires, accelerating spread of invasive species, outbreaks of pests and shifting wildlife populations.
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This page offers a quick overview of our plans to meet this goal. For more details, click below to learn more.
To meet our goal of conserving and enhancing waters, lands and habitats, we will:
The following actions are examples of how we will carry out these strategies.
We will increase groundwater monitoring, education and compliance; implement management plans to guide groundwater stewardship in designated areas; and accelerate assessments and permitting to protect trout streams.
We will work with partners to implement the Minnesota prairie conservation plan and conserve habitat through incentives, acquisition, restoration and active management.
We will protect habitat for native species by installing fish barriers and other deterrents to the spread of invasive species; expand our PlayCleanGo and WorkCleanGo programs, and help develop better invasive species control technologies.
We will accelerate inventory and monitoring of vegetation, habitats, fish and wildlife, and water resources; increase cooperative land management; and improve data management and public accessibility.