(St. Paul, MN, August 27, 2019) – The Legislative-Citizen Commission in Minnesota Resources (LCCMR), a 17-member group made up of legislators and citizens, is hosting two events in the Morris area to hear from Minnesotans what issues need funding most from the state’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). The events are part of LCCMR’s 2019 strategic planning process, which will guide funding decisions for special environment and natural resources projects for the next six years.

On Wednesday, September 11, LCCMR will be hosting Food for Thought from 7-8:30PM in Oyate Hall in the Student Center at the University of Minnesota – Morris. Members of the public are invited to tell state decision-makers what environmental issues they believe need funding, eat milk and cookies, and enter to win prizes – including a Klean Kanteen.

On Thursday, September 12, join LCCMR members for Coffee & Conversation at Common Cup Coffeehouse from 7-8AM. The public are welcome to let LCCMR members know what natural resources issues are important and need funding in Minnesota over a cup of coffee.

Since 1991, approximately $697 million from the ENRTF has been spent on over 1,700 projects that protect and enhance Minnesota's environment and natural resources in every county of the state. To learn more about the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, visit www.lccmr.leg.mn and follow @mnenrtf on Facebook and Twitter.

The Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund is a permanent dedicated fund in the Minnesota state treasury that was established by 77% voter approval of a constitutional amendment in 1988. The amendment directs forty percent of the net proceeds of the Minnesota State Lottery, or approximately seven cents of every dollar spent on playing the lottery, into the Trust Fund. The Trust Fund is intended to provide a long-term, stable source of funding for innovative and far-sighted activities that protect and enhance Minnesota’s environment and natural resources for the benefit of current citizens and future generations.

The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources is made up of 5 state senators, 5 state representatives, and 7 citizen members. The function of the LCCMR is to make funding recommendations to the Minnesota State Legislature for special environment and natural resource projects, primarily from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. The LCCMR developed from a program initiated in 1963. Since then over $1 billion has been appropriated to over 2,300 projects recommended to protect and enhance Minnesota's environment and natural resources.