The Commission:

There is no true commission apart from the state agency.


The Agency:

  • Name: Minnesota Fish and Wildlife Division
  • Type: Subagency within Department of Natural Resources
  • Title of Agency Director: Director
  • Selection process: Appointed by Commissioner of Department of Natural Resources
  • Mission statement from agency website

The mission of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is to work with Minnesotans to conserve and manage the state’s natural resources, to provide outdoor recreation opportunities, and to provide for commercial uses of natural resources in a way that creates a sustainable quality of life.”

Revenue for Minnesota Fish and Wildlife Division, 2024:

Notes on funding: Pittman-Robertson & Dingell-Johnson account for almost 90% of the FAW federal grants. The FAW division does not receive general fund revenues directly, this percentage reflects direct appropriations. Interest Earnings is 79% of the “Other” category,

Source: Email from Dan Hade, Budget Analyst, Operations Services Division, MN Dept. of Natural Resources (April 2024)

Find Your State

America’s Wildlife Values was an extensive 2018 nationwide survey led by Colorado State University of public attitudes towards wildlife. Findings were compared with a 2004 survey to identify trends. Researchers also surveyed personnel at state wildlife agencies. Reports are available for national, state and agency results. (Some state agencies did not participate.)

State Report

Agency Culture Memo

National Report