Minnesotans take great pride in our natural resources. As our population grows and demands on resources intensify, that pride remains steady — but our approach to conservation must evolve. Caring for the land, air and water that supports us and other living things is more urgent than ever, and we must be prepared to address the challenge.


The Conservation Agenda sets strategic direction for natural resources and measures conservation results. It contains two parts:


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DNR’s 10-Year Strategic Plan

Learn about the DNR’s four goals and their associated challenges, strategies and actions that drive our conservation work.

Goal 1: Natural Resources Conservation

Goal 2: Outdoor Recreation

Goal 3: Natural Resources Economy

Goal 4: Operational Excellence

Download the full Conservation Agenda

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Performance and Accountability

View a complete list of measurable performance indicators and conservation targets.

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DNR’s Mission

Our mission is to work with citizens to conserve and manage the state’s natural resources, to provide outdoor recreation opportunities, and to provide for commercial uses of natural resources in a way that creates a sustainable quality of life.