Minnesota's Endangered, Threatened, and Special Concern Species
When European explorers first visited Minnesota in the 17th and 18th centuries, they found a land rich in habitats, teeming with a diversity of plants and animals. Today, Minnesota still has a rich natural heritage, but some of the species seen by those early explorers no longer exist in the state, or they survive only in small, fragmented populations. In an effort to prevent further such losses, the state Legislature passed Minnesota's Endangered and Threatened Species law in 1971.
The law directs the DNR to identify those species that are at greatest risk of disappearing from the state. By alerting resource managers and the public to species in jeopardy, actions can be taken to help preserve the diversity of Minnesota's flora and fauna.
Learn all about the biology, conservation, and threats to species that are considered endangered, threatened, or of special concern in Minnesota.
Find details about the formal rulemaking process used to update the list.
Read the state statute authorizing the protection of threatened and endangered species, and state rules detailing how the law will be implemented.
Learn about the DNR's program for permitting the possession or take of endangered or threatened species.
Learn about how the DNR's Environmental Review Program evaluates projects for potential impacts to endangered and threatened species
Learn about how the DNR maintains information on Minnesota's rare natural resources