The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council was established by the legislature with the responsibility of providing annual
funding recommendations to the legislature from the Outdoor Heritage Fund. The Outdoor Heritage Fund, one of four funds created
by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, receives one-third of the money raised by the tax increase.
The council ensures recommendations that are consistent with the Constitution and state law and that take into consideration the outcomes of, but not limited to, the Minnesota Conservation and Preservation Plan, that directly relate to the restoration, protection, and enhancement of wetlands, prairies, forests, and habitat for fish, game, and wildlife, and that prevent forest fragmentation, encourage forest consolidation, and expand restored native prairie.
ML2016/FY2017 Call for Funding Request
Statutory Authority for the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (MS 97A.056)
Constitutional Amendment - Article XI
Council Operating Procedures
Council Resource Documents
Outdoor Heritage Fund 25-year Framework