Conservation Agenda



Trends and Strategic Directions

Trends and Strategic Directions

Three key trends are shaping Minnesota's natural resources and our ability to manage them. Learn more about these trends and about how we are responding to these trends with Strategic Directions.

 

Trend: Changes in outdoor recreation participation

group of people holding Project Get Outdoors bannerMinnesota is not escaping the dramatic national trend of declining per-capita participation in nature-based outdoor recreation. The decline includes many of the core outdoor activities DNR encourages, such as state park and trail visitation, hunting, and fishing.

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Trend: Changes related to energy and climate

wind turbinesConcerns about energy security, fuel prices, and climate change have led to new national and state standards for energy efficiency and increased interest in renewable energy sources.

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Trend: Landscape changes from growth and development

lake aerial shotMinnesota is projected to grow by more than 1 million people in the next 20 years. Population growth increases demands on our lakes and rivers, forests and grasslands, wetlands and shorelands.

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