Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Task Force

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Purpose of the task force

The Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Task Force will bring together a diverse set of outdoor recreation stakeholders and interests in Minnesota. Together, members of the task force will consider how to bring measured growth, increased and equitable access, and a higher quality of outdoor recreation opportunities to Minnesotans and visitors.


The Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Task Force will consist of 20 members selected by Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Explore Minnesota. Members of the task force will represent a broad and inclusive group of interests related to the outdoor recreation sector in Minnesota.


The Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Task Force will develop 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. Recommendations will be based on task force discussions and broader public engagement.


The task force is not a citizen advisory committee, but a group of leaders representing a diversity of interests in outdoor recreation. We are looking for applicants that meet the following characteristics:

  1. Leader of or actively engaged in a private, public (non-state government), tribal, or non-profit organization that is related to outdoor recreation in Minnesota. This could be a direct relationship, such as an industry or user group, or an indirect relationship, such as a healthcare organization.
  2. Commitment to engage with other members of their organization on task force duties.
  3. Willing to consider multiple values and interests in pursuit of the task force purpose, rather than advocating for one’s own interest or organization in isolation.
  4. Ability to attend approximately monthly task force meetings for a 10-month period starting in February 2020 (through October or November). In some cases, remote participation options may be available. In the case of absence, an alternate is permitted. Most meetings will be in the Twin Cities or Central Minnesota. Selected members will be consulted on the meeting schedule at the first meeting.


The application period runs Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 through Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. Selected applicants will be notified in mid to late January, and the task force is expected to be announced publicly soon thereafter.


Please use the below link to submit your application. Personal information submitted will be kept confidential, per the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Minn. Stat. § 13).

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Please note that the application asks for a letter of reference. This letter should come from someone who can speak on your behalf. Details on what should be included in the letter are listed on the application. The letter of reference must be received by January 11th in order to be included in the review of your application.

If you prefer to submit your application in a hard copy format, please print off and complete your application using the below PDF file. Please mail all paper applications to the following address to be received by the Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 deadline.

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Parks and Trails Division
Attn: Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Task Force
500 Lafayette Rd N
St. Paul, MN 55155



For questions about the application process or task force in general, please contact Gratia Joice, DNR Principal Planner, at 651-259-5328 or [email protected].