Walz’s Budget Proposal Would Give DNR $287 Million in Funding
One part of Gov. Walz’s One Minnesota Budget, which was presented in full on Tuesday, will put more funding into the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The budget proposal would invest approximately $287.4 million of one-time and operational funding for the DNR. The funding would be intended to connect people to the outdoors, mitigate and adapt to climate change, manage natural resources proactively, and address operational needs.
“This really is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make sure that those parks and those trails and our boat accesses and our streams are there for Minnesotans for the future, for our health and wellness, for our recreational enjoyment, and for our economic well-being,” said DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen.
DNR officials say many of their facilities, from state park buildings to fish hatcheries, are 60 to 90 years old.