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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Law provides: The department coordinates management of the public domain and seeks to serve the public in developing a long-range program to conserve the natural resources of the state. (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 84)

Commissioner: Mark Holsten 
Appointed: 2007  
Salary: $108,400

Stillwater. University of Minnesota Duluth, B.A., sociology; University of St. Thomas, teaching licensure. State representative (1992–2003); deputy
commissioner, Department of Natural Resources (2003–2006).

500 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul 55155, (651)259-5022
Toll-free: (888)646-6367
Web site: 

Deputy Commissioner:  Laurie Martinson

Function: The mission of the department is to work with citizens to conserve 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.

Ecological Services Division collects and links ecological information to wise resource decisions; manages fish, wildlife, native plant populations, and habitats; and ensures present and future Minnesotans enjoy the benefits of healthy ecosystems.
Director:  Lee Pfannmuller

Enforcement Division enforces natural resource laws and promotes public safety through enforcing recreational laws; provides snowmobile and firearms safety training and advanced hunter education; and engages in public relations and conservation programs.
Director:  Mike Hamm

Fish and Wildlife Division protects and manages Minnesota’s fish and wildlife populations and their habitats for their intrinsic values and long-term ecological, commercial, and recreational benefits to the people of Minnesota. Emphasis is placed on managing harvestable species on a sustainable basis to provide quality hunting, fishing, trapping, and other outdoor experiences.
Director:  Dave Schad

Forestry Division sustains and enhances functioning forest ecosystems; provides a sustainable supply of forest resources to meet human needs (e.g., material, economic, and social); protects lives and property from wildfires; and provides a financial return to the permanent school trust.
Director:  Dave Epperly

Lands and Minerals Division manages real estate transactions on 5.5 million acres of state-owned lands and mineral activities on about 12 million acres of state-owned mineral rights, including 18 percent of the mineral rights on the Mesabi Iron Range; manages state-owned lands and mineral rights to generate revenue for the permanent school fund, permanent university fund, and taxing districts throughout the state.
Director:  Marty Vadis

Parks and Recreation Division preserves, restores, and interprets the natural and cultural resources of the state and provides opportunities for people to enjoy nature through operating and maintaining the state park system, state forest campgrounds, and day-use areas. 
Director:  Courtland Nelson

Trails and Waterways Division creates recreation opportunities through a system of trails and water recreation facilities that contribute to a sustainable quality of life.
Director:  Forrest Boe

Waters Division maintains the physical integrity of lakes, rivers, and water supplies and has general administrative jurisdiction over the public waters of the state, (surface and ground water).
Director:  Kent Lokkesmoe

Last updated: 10/11/2010 9:27:14 AM