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Threatened and Endangered Species - State


The purpose of this activity is to prevent the extirpation (extinction on a local basis) of species of fish, wildlife, and plants with depleted numbers within the state. The laws and rules prohibit taking, purchasing, importing, possessing, transporting, or selling endangered or threatened plants or animals, including their parts or seeds, without a permit.

When to use this subject

There are three status categories of Minnesota’s endangered flora and fauna:

  • Endangered: a species threatened with extinction throughout all or a significant portion of tis range in Minnesota
  • Threatened: a species likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range in Minnesota
  • Of special concern: Although these species are not endangered or threatened, they are extremely uncommon in Minnesota or have unique or highly specific habitat requirements and deserve careful monitoring of their status

Include the DNR liaison in the Early Notification Memo (ENM) for any of the following projects:

  • All Environmental Assessments (EA), Environmental Assessment Worksheets (EAW), Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), and Categorical Exclusion (CATEX) projects
  • All projects that involve construction activities outside of the shoulder point of intersection (PI)
  • Any project that impacts protected waters, prairies, or wetlands

How this subject fits into the overall project development process

For project-specific guidance, see the ENM Use Guidelines.

For specific process information, see the process page or contact the individual on the contacts page.

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