The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manages, operates and maintains all of the state's recreational lands, oversees all hunting and fishing activities, and manages the state's forests. It is also in charge of all ecological and water resources, lands and minerals and enforcement of all the laws and regulations impacting the services it provides. The agency has six divisions.
The Division of Parks and Trails coverage area includes the state's 25 hiking trails, 75 state parks and recreation areas, eight waysides and 56 state forest campgrounds and day-use areas. The division is also in charge of over 1,500 public water access sites, 355 shore fishing sites and fishing piers, and 33 water trails that cover over 4,500 miles.
The fish and wildlife division sets the seasons, limits and restrictions for all fishing, hunting and trapping activities, and issues all permits, licenses and wildlife habitat stamps. The division is also responsible for monitoring the health of all the wildlife species in the state, including all aquatic species, land animals and birds. The department's fisheries personnel monitor water quality and the safety of fish consumption, while the wildlife staff provides hunter safety and training programs.
Forestry services maintain healthy forests through cooperative management, guarding against invasive species and forest fire prevention and management.