In 2008, Minnesota voters took a bold and historic action by imposing a three-eighths of one percent tax on themselves for 25 years, until 2034, in the name of cleaner water, healthier habitat, better parks and trails and sustaining our arts and cultural heritage. Today, five years later, that tax has generated more than a billion dollars for Legacy projects.
Celebrating the improvement of Minnesota's lands, waters, parks and trails
The Minnesota DNR has been allocated about one-fifth of Legacy dollars, roughly $215 million, and has used them to make Minnesota a better place for its citizens by upgrading parks and trails; restoring, enhancing and protecting habitat for fish, game and wildlife; and restoring and protecting the quality of our lakes, rivers and streams.
DNR understands how important the Legacy funds are to Minnesota, and we take this work seriously. Legacy funds support programs and projects that go beyond the results achieved by other state funds, to build a long-term conservation legacy for the citizens of Minnesota. Because Minnesotans passed this constitutional amendment, the DNR is able to deliver strong conservation successes, while other states have suffered losses of conservation lands, parks, and trails.
DNR has accomplished hundreds of individual projects since Legacy funds became available on July 1, 2009. Here, we'd like to showcase a few of these projects.
Your Legacy Amendment dollars are hard at work to protect, maintain, and enhance natural landscapes, healthy watersheds, and the public places that make it possible to experience them to the fullest. Legacy funds are also providing opportunities like never before to "open doors" to outdoor recreation, particularly for young people.
Thank you for leaving Minnesota a better place for future generations.
State agencies, local governmental units, non-profit organizations, and others can apply to receive Legacy funds for projects that support the intentions of the Legacy Amendment. Ultimately, the State Legislature decides how and where these funds should be spent.
DNR administers Legacy-funded grants to our wide range of partners. Together we are committed to achieving significant conservation results for Minnesota Citizens.
|08/31/2017||DNR invites public input on James L. Oberstar State Trail|
|12/07/2015||DNR awards $5.7 million in habitat grants to conservation groups|
|09/10/2015||Maplewood State Park to celebrate Legacy-funded prairie restoration projects|
|08/18/2014||Legacy funds enhancing wildlife habitat near Orr|
|01/17/2014||Legacy Amendment helps clean up Crow River in St. Michael|
|12/19/2013||Legacy Amendment helps support DNR native prairie restoration in northwestern Minnesota state parks|