17 members; 10 from the legislature including the chairs of the House of Representatives and Senate committees on environment and natural resources finance or their designees, 4 members of the Senate appointed by the Committees Subcommittee of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, and 4 members of the House appointed by the Speaker of the House. At least 2 members from the Senate and 2 members from the House of Representatives must be from the minority caucus. Members are entitled to reimbursement for per diem expenses plus travel expenses incurred in the services of the commission. Appointed legislative members serve on the commission for two-year terms. 7 citizen members; 5 appointed by the Governor, 1 appointed by the Committees Subcommittee of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, and 1 appointed by the Speaker of the House.
The citizen members must have experience or expertise in the science, policy, or practice of the protection, conservation, preservation, and enhancement of the state's air, water, land, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources; have strong knowledge in the state's environment and natural resource issues around the state; and have demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment. They may be removed by an appointing authority for cause, are entitled to per diem and reimbursement for expenses incurred in the services of the commission, as provided in Minnesota Statutes 15.059, subdivision 3. The governor's appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.