minnesota's outdoor heritage fund: a process to define outcomes and impacts

The Outdoor Heritage Fund is one of four funds that was created by the passage of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in 2008. Thirty-three percent of sales tax revenue from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy amendment is distributed to the Outdoor Heritage Fund to “restore, protect, and enhance wetlands, prairies, forest and habitat for fish, game, and wildlife.”

Outdoor Heritage Fund monies are a significant, long-term investment in the future of Minnesota with approximately $80 million available for appropriation by the legislature annually. Since 2010, the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council has been consistently measuring several key outputs such as dollars spent, acres acquired, and acres restored. While these are important metrics, Minnesotans are highly interested in understanding, in a more comprehensive way, how these important funds are making a difference in our state. 

About the Process

Environmental Initiative was engaged by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council to convene stakeholders to identify and recommend appropriate outcome metrics to enable measurement, reporting on, and communication of the outcomes resulting from the expenditure of the Outdoor Heritage Fund. View the final report »

For more information on the process please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page »

Contact Meleah Houseknecht at 612-334-3388 ext. 8106 with questions or to learn more.