Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Task Force

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The Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Task Force brings together a diverse set of outdoor recreation stakeholders and interests in Minnesota to build support for outdoor recreation across multiple sectors. The purpose of the task force is to consider (1) how to bring measured growth, increased and equitable access, and a higher quality of outdoor recreation opportunities to Minnesotans and visitors and (2) how to organize and implement this collaborative work going forward. The resulting product is a set of actionable recommendations to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Explore Minnesota detailing next steps. The development of the draft recommendations was based on task force discussions. Upon broader public engagement, the task force will finalize their recommendations before submitting them to DNR and Explore Minnesota.


Draft recommendations

Since April 2020, the Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Task Force has been working to develop a set of recommendations intended to support accessible and equitable outdoor recreation across multiple sectors as well as build a stronger outdoor recreation community in Minnesota. Their draft recommendations fall into four categories:

  • Advance Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity
  • Unite Minnesota’s Outdoor Recreation Community
  • Unify Communication
  • Create and Fund Minnesota’s Office of Outdoor Recreation

Review the draft recommendations now.

Public input opportunity - closed

The task force collected public feedback from January 25 through February 15 on their draft recommendations. They will review the feedback before finalizing and submitting the recommendations to the DNR and Explore Minnesota.

Task Force structure and responsibilities

The Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Task Force consists of 21 members selected by the DNR and Explore Minnesota in consultation with the Governor’s Office following an open application process. . Members of the task force represent a broad and inclusive group of interests related to the outdoor recreation sector in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Task Force has developed a set of recommendations for the DNR and Explore Minnesota, which will also be shared with the Governor’s Office, regarding how to more effectively coordinate and advance outdoor recreation work statewide.

View the task force charter PDF.

Upcoming task force meetings (open to the public)

Wednesday, March 24|1 pm - 3 pm | Link to Webex (link is external) Password: ORTF2021 (no pre-registration required)

Individuals with a disability, who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Gratia Joice at mortf.dnr.state.mn.us or 651-259-5328 or through your preferred Telecommunications Relay Provider.

Previous meeting materials

February 19 Meeting Material:

January 13 Meeting Material:

November 13 Meeting Materials

October 21 Meeting Materials

September 21 Meeting Materials

August 27 Meeting Materials

August 26 Meeting Materials

July 20 and 21 Meeting Materials

May 18 Meeting Materials

April 28 Meeting Materials

For questions about the task force, please email mortf.dnr.state.mn.us
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