Office of the Commissioner


The DNR Commissioner is the administrative and executive head of the department. The commissioner has authority over public lands and waters, state parks and forests, timber, mineral resources, recreational trails, and wildlife of the state, and their use, sale, leasing, or other disposition. The powers and duties of the commissioner are detailed in Minnesota Statutes 84.027.

Tom Landwehr, Commissioner
Governor Dayton appointed Tom Landwehr as Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources

Government Affairs

Bob Meier, Policy & Government Relations Director
Phone: 651-259-5024
Fax: 651-296-4799

This position directs and coordinates the department's legislative activities, monitors implementation of new legislation, monitors congressional and federal agency activities which impact the department.

This position also oversees the regional offices in Northwestern Minnesota, Northeastern Minnesota, Central Minnesota, and Southern Minnesota.

Natural resources laws and treaties.


ADA Coordination

Jason H. Peterson, Senior Landscape Architect
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II (Public Entity) Coordinator

Title II of the ADA provides that, “No qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any public entity.” (Title 28 CFR, Part 35, Subpart B, Section 35.130)

The ADA Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the DNR to comply with Title II and investigating any complaints that the entity has violated Title II.