Environmental Review Guides
The MDNR has prepared environmental review guidance documents to maintain and/or improve habitat in Minnesota for fish and wildlife, particularly species in greatest conservation need, through greater consistency in how environmental assessments are conducted. The Environmental Review Guides were developed as resources for MDNR staff, however some of the modules are applicable to broader environmental review purposes.
- Module I - Introduction to the Environmental Review Guides Project
- Module II - Environmental Review Program
- Module III - Water, Ecosystem Services, and Biodiversity
- Module IV - Incorporating the State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) into Environmental Review Process
- Module V - Selected Topics
Partial funding for this project was through the Minnesota State Wildlife Grants program grant T-18-T-1 in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program.
- DNR Guidance for Commercial Wind Energy Projects
- Commercial Solar Siting Guidance
- Prairie Establishment & Maintenance Technical Guidance for Solar Projects
- Avian and Bat Survey Protocols For Wind Energy Projects
- The Rare Species Guide
- Townships Containing Northern Long-eared Bat Roost Trees and/or Hibernacula
- State Wildlife Action Plan
- Natural Heritage Information System
- MN Geospatial Commons
- Watershed Health Assessment Framework
- Natural Heritage Review
Environmental Quality Board (EQB)
The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board brings together the Governor's Office (as chair), five citizens, and the commissioners of nine state agencies that play a vital role in Minnesota's environment and development. The Board develops policy and creates long-range plans to influence Minnesota's environment.
The EQB writes rules for conducting environmental review, publishes the EQB Monitor, and provides guidance documents for conducting environmental review.