Conservation Minnesota

Dayton DNR Pick Applauded By Diverse Collection Of Interested Communities

A diverse cross-section of Minnesota’s environmental and sporting communities are applauding Governor-Elect Mark Dayton’s decision to appoint Tom Landwehr as the state’s new Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner.

Landwehr’s career has included time spent working for Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, and, during seventeen years at the DNR, serving under three commissioners.  He was a driving force behind unifying conservation organizations and sportsmen’s groups behind the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, which was supported by an overwhelming majority of Minnesota voters in 2008.

Here is what some people are saying about the pick:

“Mark Dayton was the strongest gubernatorial candidate when it came to his commitment to hunters and anglers, so it only makes sense that he would select a commissioner like Tom Landwehr to enforce this commitment.”

-Lance Ness, president of the Fish and Wildlife Legislative Alliance

“In selecting Tom Landwehr, Governor Dayton is making a strong statement that protecting Minnesota’s vast array of natural resources will remain an important part of his commitment to the rights of sportsmen and women around the state.”

-Paul Austin, Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota.

“Tom Landwehr has a proven bi-partisan track record of tackling the challenges facing Minnesota with a collaborative approach. With Tom’s ability to unite farmers, sportsmen, businesses and government agencies behind sound solutions, his selection shows that Governor-Elect Dayton isn’t interested in playing politics with our Great Outdoors.”

-Bud Stone, President of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce

Formed in 1984 as the Minnesota League of Conservation Voters, Conservation Minnesota now exists as a collection of related organizations dedicated to helping connect Minnesotans who care about conservation with elected decision makers throughout the state.

MORE INFO:  To set up an interview with any of the people quoted here, or to find other supporters of the selection, please contact Nate Dybvig at 651.230.3018, or

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