The Commission:

There is no true commission apart from the state agency.


The Agency:

  • Name: Minnesota Fish and Wildlife Division
  • Type: Subagency within Department of Natural Resources
  • Title of Agency Director: Commissioner
  • Selection process: Appointed by Governor
  • Mission statement from agency website

The mission of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is to work with Minnesotans to conserve and manage the state’s natural resources, to provide outdoor recreation opportunities, and to provide for commercial uses of natural resources in a way that creates a sustainable quality of life.”


† Other: All other non-license revenue

Source: https://files.dnr.state.mn.us/aboutdnr/budget/fy20-21-graph.pdf

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America’s Wildlife Values was an extensive 2018 nationwide survey led by Colorado State University of public attitudes towards wildlife. Findings were compared with a 2004 survey to identify trends. Researchers also surveyed personnel at state wildlife agencies. Reports are available for national, state and agency results. (Some state agencies did not participate.)

State Report

Agency Culture Memo

National Report