Ecological and Water Resources Division

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About us

Ecological and Water Resources is one of seven divisions within the Department of Natural Resources. Programs in the division are organized into four sections:

Ecological and Water Resources has more than 400 staff and 38 distinct programs, creating a diverse and skilled professional workforce.

Our vision

Healthy lands and waters throughout Minnesota.


Minnesota Conservation Explorer

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Strategic Plan 2018-2028

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Landscape resources

Information about nongame wildlife, rare resources, Scientific and Natural Areas, and ecosystem health.
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Water resources

Information about water management, data and mapping, and permitting.
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