Media contacts: Peggy Booth, scientific and natural areas program supervisor, 651-259-5088, peggy.booth@state.mn.us; or Ann Pierce, section manager, 651-259-5119, ann.pierce@state.mn.us.

Minnesotans with a strong interest in the state’s native prairies, forests, and wetlands and the plants and animals living in them are invited by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to apply by Nov. 16 for a seat on a key advisory board.

The DNR is seeking people to fill three vacancies on the Commissioner’s Advisory Committee on Natural Heritage. Appointees will be responsible for advising the DNR on issues related to sustaining the state’s natural heritage and biological diversity. DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr will appoint committee members for terms of five years starting Jan. 1.

Since 1966, the committee has made recommendations and given support to state scientific and natural areas. The committee also now advises other programs within the department’s Ecological and Water Resources Division, including nongame wildlife, Minnesota biological survey, prairie protection, rare resources, wetland monitoring, and terrestrial invasive species.

Any Minnesota resident with interest or expertise in sustaining the state’s natural heritage may apply online until Monday, Nov. 16 at www.dnr.state.mn.us/cac.html. Applicants should have knowledge, demonstrated dedication or experience related to natural area systems, conservation biology, ecology, geology, environmental education, natural resource management, or protection of Minnesota’s rare species.

Interested applicants can learn more by visiting the committee’s website at www.dnr.state.mn.us/cac.html.