ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Explore Minnesota are partnering to launch a new Outdoor Recreation Task Force.

The group will make recommendations about how Minnesota can connect more people to the health and wellness benefits of outdoor recreation, improve equitable access to outdoor recreation and better support the state’s thriving outdoor recreation economy.

Those wanting to apply to serve on the task force can do so until Jan. 10.

Minnesota’s task force will make its recommendations to the DNR and Explore Minnesota by next fall about what Minnesota can do to enhance outdoor recreation opportunities.

The DNR and Explore Minnesota leadership will select 20 task force members to represent a diverse and balanced mix of outdoor interests, expertise and values.

For those interested, the application form can be found online at mndnr.gov/ORTF. It can also be printed out and returned to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Trails Division, Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Task Force, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155. Questions about the application process can be directed to the contacts on the webpage.