Outdoor recreation is a key to resource conservation and healthy living, but participation is declining in Minnesota and across the U.S. due to changing demographics, increasing urbanization, competing priorities and deteriorating infrastructure. Strategic investment in natural resource management and education is needed to reverse this trend and revitalize natural resource–based recreation for the benefit of present and future Minnesotans and the natural settings that inspire us and enrich our lives.
Four key trends illustrate this conservation challenge:
To meet our goal of meeting the needs of new and existing outdoor recreation participants, we will:
The following actions are examples of how we will carry out these strategies.
Expand and promote "I Can!" programs
We will enhance Minnesotans' opportunity to explore new outdoor activities by increasing participation in "I Can Camp!", "I Can Fish!" and related programs.
Expand hunter recruitment and retention
We will expand hunter recruitment and education programs and increase efforts to engage youth and members of Minnesota's Hispanic community in hunting and shooting sports.
Increase user-friendly access to information
We will market Web-based outdoor recreation information tools such as "Fish Minnesota" and "ParkFinder," develop new tools and enhance the DNR's website.
Implement a new parks and trails system plan
We will invest in innovative facility designs, new technologies, and improvements to buildings, trails, lands and water access sites.