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Petitioning the DNR


Ban Lead Ammo and Fishing Tackle

This time in

State Parks and SNAs 

The DNR Commissioner deferred to the Legislature to make changes when answering our previous petition to ban lead in the entire region of Minnesota where common loons breed. Our 2021 Legislature failed to act with the Republican led Senate bowing to the lobbying of the National Rifle Association. 


This time we ask the DNR Commissioner for less, but what would still be an important step forward in making rules requiring non-toxic ammo and fishing tackle to be used in our State Parks and Scientific and Natural Areas. State law requires the Commissioner to respond within 60 days which will be by Dec 17.


We would appreciate your support – along with that of other organizations – by writing a letter directly to the Minnesota DNR:

Sarah Strommen

DNR Commissioner

500 Lafayette Road

St. Paul, MN 55155.

Your letter to the DNR can be very short, simply stating: “Our organization supports the Petition for Adoption of Rules Requiring Non-toxic Fishing Tackle and Non-toxic Ammunition in MN State Parks and Scientific and Natural Areas (dated October 15, 2021), filed by Friends of MN Scientific and Natural Areas.”

Please copy us on any supporting letter you send at:

Friends of Minnesota Scientific & Natural Areas

75 Hickory Street

St. Paul, MN 55115

or by email:


Thank you.

The following organizations had already signed on to the petition at the time it was mailed to the DNR Commissioner:

Audubon Minnesota

Center for Biological Diversity

Clean Water Action Minnesota

Clean Up The River Environment CURE

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

Friends of the Mississippi River

Humane Society of the United States

Izaak Walton League -- Bush Lake Chapter

Izaak Walton League of America - Minnesota Division

League of Women Voters Minnesota

Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy 

Minnesota Herpetological Society

Minnesota Humane Society

Minnesota Ornithologists Union

Sierra Club - North Star Chapter

Vote Climate

Voyageurs Conservancy


Wild Rivers Conservancy

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