DNR Commissioner's Orders

About Commissioner’s Orders

Commissioner’s orders are authorized specifically in statute in most cases. Such statutory authority exempts the orders from rulemaking under the Administrative Procedures Act. A commissioner's order is published in the State Register if so required by the statutory authority.

Topic links and contact information

See lists below for topics handled by each division.

Ecological Resources and Waters
Contact: 651-259-5100
Topics include but may not be limited to:

  • Calcareous fens list
  • Infested waters designation
  • Scientific and natural areas (SNAs) designation

Fish and Wildlife
Contact: 651-259-5200
Topics include but may not be limited to:

  • Electronic licensing sales commission
  • Fish pathology fees
  • Fishing contest fees
  • Aquatic management areas (AMAs) designation
  • Wildlife management areas (WMAs) designation
  • Wetlands and bordering waters designated as WMAs
  • ATV trails in WMAs
  • User fees for WMAs and AMAs
  • Public waters for wildlife
  • Motorized watercraft on wildlife management lakes

Parks and Trails
Contact: 651-259-5600
Topics include but may not be limited to:

  • Use of state parks; state park pageant areas
  • User fees for State Parks and State Recreation Areas
  • Waiver or reduction of State Park entrance fees
  • Special patron permit
  • Charges for operating facilities in State Parks
  • User fees for state forest campgrounds
  • Seasons for OHV use on state forest lands
  • Payment from OHV damage account
  • Off-road and ATV trails on state forest lands
  • Boat and water safety (noise levels related to marine engine or motorboat)

Contact: 651-259-5300
Topics include but may not be limited to:

  • Unit forest resource plans
  • Heritage Forest designations
  • Forest trail designations
  • Forest road designations
  • User fees for state forest lands
  • Forest pest infestations
  • Firewood on DNR-administered lands

Contact: 651-259-5222
Topics include but may not be limited to:

  • Employees with Limited Law Enforcement Authority

Operations Services
Contact: 651-259-5500
Topics include but may not be limited to:

  • Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices on DNR Lands and Facilities

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