DNR seeks applications for advisory committee on natural heritage

Any Minnesota resident with a strong interest in the state’s native prairies, forests and wetlands and the state’s plants and animals are invited by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to apply by Dec.  14 at 4:30 p.m. for a key advisory board. 

The DNR is seeking people to fill three vacancies on the Commissioner’s Advisory Committee on Natural Heritage. Appointees will be responsible for advising the DNR on issues related to sustaining the state’s natural heritage and biological diversity.

Since 1966, the committee has made recommendations and given support to state scientific and natural areas. The committee also now advises other programs within the department’s Ecological and Water Resources Division, including nongame wildlife, Minnesota Biological Survey, prairie protection, rare resources, wetland monitoring, and terrestrial invasive species.

Residents with interest or expertise in sustaining the state’s natural heritage may apply online until Dec. 14 at the committee webpage. Applicants should have knowledge, demonstrated dedication or experience related to natural area systems, conservation biology, ecology, geology, environmental education, natural resource management, protection of Minnesota’s rare species, or marketing, communication or promotions focused on natural resources.

Members are expected to participate in five 4-5 hour long meetings per year plus one 1-2 day field trip; in addition, members may choose to participate in subcommittees or other meeting preparation. DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr will appoint committee members for terms of up to five years starting in January.

Interested applicants can learn more by visiting the committee’s website.