Game & Fish Fund Budgetary Oversight
Game and Fish Fund citizen oversight committees meet regularly with leaders of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for the purpose of reviewing DNR's budgets, spending plans and other related information related to the Game and Fish Fund under statutory authority in Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.055, subd. 4b.
The Fisheries Oversight Committee (FOC) and the Wildlife Oversight Committee (WOC) continue a citizen oversight function created in 1994. All members are appointed by the DNR commissioner. Five members are are selected by each committee to serve on an umbrella Budgetary Oversight Committee (BOC) whose chair is also appointed by the commissioner. The BOC develops an annual report with recommendations for improvement and other observations. Their findings and recommendations are delivered to the DNR commissioner and legislative committees with jurisdiction over natural resources financing and policy for further consideration.
The Game and Fish Fund is the DNR's most important fund for delivering fish, wildlife and law enforcement programs. It is used, among other things, to manage 5,400 fishing lakes, 1,400 Wildlife Management Areas and support 150-plus field conservation officers. Nearly $100 million flows in and out of this account each year. The revenue is primarily the product of hunting and fishing license sales, federal reimbursements and a sales tax on state lottery tickets.
The application period to apply for appointment to serve on citizen oversight committees ended on October 25, 2013, at the close of the business day (4:30 PM). The DNR is beginning to review the many applications received and aiming to finalize new appointments by mid-December 2013.
Please direct questions to:
Tim Goeman, Acting Section of Fisheries Chief at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-259-5229
Paul Telander, Section of Wildlife Chief at email@example.com or 651-259-5237
Send a comment
If you have a question or comment about this fund please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your comment or question will be sent directly to the BOC for discussion and consideration at its next regularly scheduled meeting.
- Beth Carlson, facilitator
- DNR Management and Planning Services