Minnesota's natural resources contribute to strong and sustainable job markets, economies and communities.
Sustainable use of natural resources provides funds needed to maintain forests, lakes and lands. It also is a key contributor to Minnesota's economy, with forestry and mining creating more than 73,000 jobs and travel and tourism contributing $12.5 billion in annual sales. Today's global economy, however, is changing both supply and demand and challenging us to find new ways to tap natural resources' income-generating potential. Done right, natural resource?based economic development can help Minnesota maintain a competitive edge as a top place to live, work and play.
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This page offers a quick overview of our plans to meet this goal. For more details, click below to learn more.
To meet our goal of contributing to strong and sustainable job markets, economies and communities, we will:
The following actions are examples of how we will carry out these strategies.
We will provide sustainable access to 800,000 cords of third-party-certified wood annually and promote the development of bioenergy.
We will encourage environmentally sound mining, improve reclamation technologies and boost financial assurance for environmental protection.
We will accommodate emerging recreation interests, acquire private land in state parks, and connect state trails to cities and parks.
We will install 6,000+ monitoring wells, improve data management and provide more accurate water use information.