Lottery Dollars Helping Minnesota’s Native Bees

October 19, 2016 | Comment



Lottery dollars have helped fund a variety of projects to protect Minnesota’s pollinators through the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

These projects are designed to improve our understanding of Minnesota’s native bees while helping to respond to Minnesota’s declining bee population.

In 2016, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Biological Survey received a $600,000 grant from the Trust Fund to continue surveying and studying Minnesota’s native bee population.

We followed bee specialist Crystal Boyd as she navigated though one of Minnesota’s pristine prairies searching for bees to help develop a statewide species list. 

Watch the video to learn about this project and how it’s helping make a difference for our BEEautiful state of Minnesota and to ensure our bees are protected for future generations.

In fiscal year 2016, the Lottery contributed more than $144 million to state programs, including $38 million to the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. The Trust Fund helps finance a variety of environmental programs that help to preserve, restore and protect Minnesota’s environment. 

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