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, including, 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.
FY2015 Call for Funding Request Information Page
Statutory authority (Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056) for Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council
Constitutional Amendment - Article XI
Council Operating Procedures (revised: Aug. 2012)
OHF 25-year Framework (January 2011)
Council Resource Documents and Plans