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
Bob Meier, Policy & Government Relations Director
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.
Melinda Anderson, Senior Landscape Architect
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II (Public Entity) Coordinator
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.
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.
Sarah Spence-Koivisto, Affirmative Action Officer/ADA Coordinator
Equal Opportunity to participate and benefit from programs of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is available to all individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, or membership in a local human rights commission.
The Affirmative Action Officer is responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing the department's Affirmative Action Program. This work is led and managed by DNR's Human Resources team under the direction of the DNR Commissioner.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner
Appointed January 6, 2011
Formerly Assistant State Director for The Nature Conservancy (TNC), he now oversees a DNR staff of about 2,700 located in St. Paul and around the state, with the mission of working with Minnesota citizens to conserve and manage the state's natural resources, providing outdoor recreation opportunities, and providing for commercial uses of natural resources in a way that creates a sustainable quality of life. Prior to TNC, Landwehr directed the Ducks Unlimited conservation programs in Minnesota and Iowa. Landwehr worked for the DNR from 1982 through 1999, primarily with wetland wildlife conservation programs.
He has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Wildlife Management and an MBA with a finance concentration, all from the University of Minnesota, where he is currently Adjunct Instructor of a course on wetlands conservation.
Landwehr served for seven years on the Shoreview City Council. He formerly taught adult hunter education, and is himself an ardent hunter, camper, angler and outdoor enthusiast.
Commissioner's Leadership Team
Dave Schad started his career at DNR in 1981 as a student worker, and has served in a variety of positions since then. Those include stints in Cambridge and Brainerd in Area and Regional Wildlife Supervisor positions; overseeing big game, forest wildlife, and wetland wildlife programs; and serving as Wildlife Section Chief and later, as Division of Fish and Wildlife Director, before Commissioner Landwehr asked Dave to join him in the Commissioner's Office.
He is a lifelong Minnesota resident, and holds a B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Minnesota. He enjoys all manner of outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, camping, and especially trips with his wife to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Barb Naramore serves as DNR's Assistant Commissioner for the Divisions of Ecological and Water Resources, Forestry, and Lands and Minerals.
Prior to joining the DNR in January 2013, Naramore was Executive Director of the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association, where she had worked with five states, federal agencies, and stakeholder groups on river-related programs and policies since 1990.
Naramore graduated from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and holds a master's in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute.
Bob Meier is the Assistant Commissioner for Policy and Government Relations for the DNR. He is responsible for the management and coordination of the DNR's legislative and governmental activities and relationships. Previous to this position, he was Legislative Affairs Director for the DNR from 2003-2007, and Legislative Affairs Director for the Office of Environmental Assistance from 1994-2003.
Meier holds a M.A. in Public Administration from Hamline University, a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from the University of Minnesota's College of Agriculture and a B.S. in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
He is an avid outdoors person, and enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and many other outdoor recreation activities.
Sarah Strommen joins the DNR Commissioner's Office as an Assistant Commissioner for the Division of Parks and Trails and the Division of Fish and Wildlife, as well as our work with LCCMR and LSOHC.
She comes to us from the Board of Water and Soil Resources where she has worked as an Assistant Director and an Acting Deputy Director since 2012. Prior to that, she worked in the non-profit area as Associate Director of the Minnesota Land Trust and as Policy Director for Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. She holds a B.A. from Grinnell College, where she majored in biology and Latin American studies. She used a Fulbright research scholarship to do post-graduation field work Costa Rica and subsequently earned an MEM degree in environmental management from Duke University.
Strommen is also the mayor of the City of Ramsey, and in her free time enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, fishing, canoeing, and camping.