The department is headed by a commissioner of natural resources who is appointed by the governor. The commissioner has charge and control of all the public lands, parks, timber, waters, minerals, and wildlife of the state and their use, sale, leasing, or other disposition. He is also responsible for encouraging programs promoting the safe use of watercraft and firearms and has jurisdiction over the harvest of wild rice from public waters. He has jurisdiction over the state parks and waysides, state-owned forest land, and over a thousand miles of recreational trails. He is also responsible for providing fire protection within the state's forests. All of these functions are accomplished through the Information and Education Bureau, the divisions of Enforcement, Fish and Wildlife, Forestry, Minerals, Parks and Recreation, and Waters, and the administrative bureaus of Engineering, Field Services, Financial Management, Land, Licensing, Management Systems, Personnel, Records, and the Office of Planning.