Long Range Conservation Plans and Strategies

Commissioner's Office

  • Conservation Agenda
    Strategic Conservation Agenda 2009-2013 Part I: Strategic Directions highlights three key trends that shape DNR's ability to achieve our mission and goals. It describes eight strategic directions we are pursuing to achieve our goals in the context of these trends.
    Strategic Conservation Agenda 2009-2013 Part II: Performance and Accountability Report describes more than 90 performance indicators and conservation targets DNR uses to measure and communicate progress as we work to achieve our conservation goals.

  • Trends in Outdoor Recreation (1 page 11K) This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
    Indicators of nature-based outdoor recreation participation changes over the last 10 years for U.S. and MN

Ecological & Water Resources

  • Tomorrow's Habitat for the Wild and Rare
    This is a strategic plan focused on managing Minnesota's populations of "species in greatest conservation need."

  • Prairie Pothole Joint Venture Implementation Plan This link leads to an external site.
    This plan provides a road map for integrating the conservation of all migratory birds under one framework.

  • Scientific and Natural Areas (SNA) Program Long Range Plan (17 pages 42K) This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.This plan outlines the DNR's goal for the SNA system. The SNA policy set forth guidelines for identification and evaluation, designation and registration, management and uses of SNAs.

  • Tomorrow's Habitat for the Wild and Rare

    Plan: Minnesota's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS) is a strategic plan focusing on managing populations of species in greatest conservation need (SGCN).


    • CWCS partnership encourage conservation stakeholders to use information in plan as a menu for action, to adopt and adapt unique interests and capabilities.
    • CWCS identifies habitat loss and degradation as primary problem facing SGCN. Goals include: (1) stabilize and increase SGCN populations, (2) improve knowledge about SGCN, (3) enhance people's appreciation and enjoyment of SGCN.
    • Recommends conserving key habitats used by SGCN to conserve majority of Minnesota's wildlife.
    • Approaches: (1) Provide information on distribution and abundance of species, (2) describe locations and conditions of key habitats and community types, (3) describe problems adversely affecting species, (4) describe conservation actions to conserve species, and (5) describe plans to monitor species and habitats.
    More Information: Tomorrow's Habitat for the Wild and Rare

Fish and Wildlife

Fish and wildlife resource and species plans provide a framework for staff and stakeholders to work collaboratively to achieve short- and long-term goals. Typically these plans are developed with a variety of stakeholders (e.g., DNR divisions, other public agencies, nongovernmental organizations, current partners in existing efforts and other potentially affected interests).

The plans identify goals to measure success; objectives that describe steps necessary to achieve the goals; current trends and barriers to success; and strategies and actions that guide implementation efforts.

Plans vary in purpose and include asset planning (e.g., AMA and WMA acquisition), resource planning (e.g., coldwater resources in southeastern Minnesota, shallow lakes, Midwest glacial lakes, etc) and species plans (e.g., Lake Superior fisheries, trout, duck, pheasant, turkey, species in greatest conservation need, etc). Planning efforts such as these result in collaboration among partners on shared interests; strategic efforts for highest priority needs; and effective use of limited financial resources.

Although not exhaustive, the following list includes some of the key plans that direct Fish & Wildlife Division efforts to work with the people of Minnesota to conserve aquatic and terrestrial habitat; manage fish and wildlife populations and habitat; provide fisheries and wildlife related recreation; and preserve and foster Minnesota's outdoor heritage.

Click the arrow to select and display a Fish & Wildlife Divison plan from the list below:


  • Division of Forestry response to TPL-TNC (3 pages 157K) This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
    A list of statewide/regional plans for acquisition, development, recovery and restoration.

  • Minnesota Forests for the Future (DNR; Forestry)

    Plan: Advisory Team made recommendations to create a state program to work with public and private sector partners to use conservation easements and other tools to retain Minnesota's healthy, working forests.


    • Comprehensive conservation strategy needs to recognize differences in regional forest conditions.
    • Greatest threat to working forests is conversion of private forests lands to other uses.
    • Changes in ownership and parcelization need to be addresses to reduce loss of public access to large tracts of forest land.
    • Working forest conservation easements are a cost effective tool.
    • Establish Minnesota Forest for Future Program and advisory committee. Use multiple approaches including easements, fee title acquisition, land exchanges, tax policies, and cost-share programs. Program must facilitate fiduciary responsibilities for School Trust Fund Lands. Leverage public and private funds, spur new investments, coordinate with other programs.
    • Build on public-private partnerships. Gain local government support. Focus on public benefits and geographic focus.
    • Identify and prioritize acquisition targets. Develop project selection process; monitor and evaluate results.
    More Information: Minnesota Forests for the Future report This PDF file will open in a new window. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it. (60 pages | 2.9 MB)

Parks and Trails