Goal 4

Minnesota's fish and wildlife populations will be healthy and provide great recreation opportunities


Strong conservation partnerships will create a future where fishing, hunting, trapping, and wildlife-viewing opportunities meet the expectations of hunters, anglers, and wildlife watchers. Minnesota has a rich and important fishing and hunting tradition. Fishing, hunting and the taking of game and fish are recognized in the Minnesota State Constitution as a valued part of Minnesota’s heritage that shall be forever preserved for the people and managed by law and regulation for the public good. Minnesotans and visitors have access to rich public lands and recreational opportunities. Businesses that depend on fish and wildlife resources support sustainable management of these resources.


Goal for the future envisions:

Fish and wildlife populations and the habitats that support them are healthy.
Habitat types in jeopardy, such as prairies and grasslands, wetlands, and shallow lakes, are restored. Endangered and threatened species, species of special concern, and species in greatest conservation need are conserved.

Conservation partnerships and stewardship ethics are strong.
Public and private-sector partners work together to support Minnesota’s resources and promote conservation. Conservation education and enforcement help citizens safely enjoy outdoor recreation and provide decision makers with the information they need to make wise resource-related decisions.