DNR resources specifically for Local Government Units

Note: this page requires a specific link to access. It is intended as a spot for sharing outreach specifically intended for officials of local government units (LGU) working with land use zoning.

Monthly LGU virtual forums

What: A monthly live virtual Teams forum for local officials involved in managing natural resources, especially for those involved in administering floodplain, shoreland or river-related ordinances, to learn and chat about topics of interest to you.

Purpose: Provide a regular opportunity for local officials and Department of Natural Resources to share information and have discussion outside of more formal trainings on topics that help you manage natural resources in your community.

How do I attend?

  • Forums will be hosted from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, beginning Feb. 15, 2023. Use the links listed under “Upcoming Forums” to join the live virtual meetings using Microsoft Teams software.
  • Request a calendar invite for the 2023 series by contacting [email protected] (or one of the DNR floodplain and shoreland staff).

2024 forums

2023 forums


Format: Each forum will feature a presentation and discussion on a specific topic of interest. DNR staff, local staff, consultants, and other technical experts will present. DNR will also provide updates on upcoming training opportunities and state and FEMA updates of interest to local governments.

Topics: Topics will focus on shoreland, river and floodplain management, DNR's public water work permit regulations, and other topics of interest to local zoning, emergency management and engineering staff and officials (i.e., wetlands, Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), watershed management, changing climate impacts on natural resources, etc.). Future topics will be discussed at the forums, and can be submitted to State Floodplain Manager Ceil Strauss or State Shoreland/River Programs Manager Dan Petrik, or to [email protected].

Emails or newsletters will be sent to local officials one to two weeks in advance with the agenda for each DNR LGU forum, and will be available on this page.

Other helpful resources

Some public sites with helpful information for local officials.

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