Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
DNR is one of twenty departments under the executive branch of state government. It was created in 1976 by R.S. 36:351. The executive officer of DNR is the Secretary, who is appointed by the Governor. Along with the Office of the Secretary there are three primary offices of the department. They are the Office of Coastal Management, the Office of Conservation, and the Office of Mineral Resources.

The mission of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is to preserve and enhance the nonrenewable natural resources of the state, consisting of land, water, oil, gas, and other minerals, through conservation, regulation, management and development to ensure that the state of Louisiana realizes appropriate economic benefit from its asset base. Also, DNR exercises complex regulatory and permitting functions through the Office of Coastal Management and the Office of Conservation.

The department serves as one of state government's major revenue-generating agencies by way of oil and gas bonuses, rentals, and royalties.

DNR's aim is to exercise prudent and effective management, using a business plan approach, through long-range planning strategies. The department's governing philosophy is open and receptive to innovative ideas, technologies and the promotion of a cleaner, safer environment. The department strives to facilitate an excellent working relationship with industry, with a strong emphasis on reaching mutual goals.

Lastly, DNR endeavors to assist the citizens of the state through education, its many services, and its public outreach efforts.

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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 94396
Baton Rouge 70804-9396

Contact Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

Stephen Chustz
Secretary - Office of the Secretary
617 North Third Street
LaSalle Building
Baton Rouge, Louisiana  70802
Phone: (225) 342-4500
Fax: (225) 342-5861


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Louisiana

Related Success Stories for Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (“Breaux Act”)
The goal of the Breaux Act partnership is to design, build, maintain and monitor sustainable projects that create, protect, and restore Louisiana’s coastal wetlands.

Louisiana Coastal Area Ecosystem Restoration Study
The plan would make significant progress towards achieving and sustaining a coastal ecosystem that can support and protect the environment, economy and culture of southern Louisiana and the Nation.

Louisiana Coastal Area Land Change Study Group
Multi-year, multi-agency coastal restoration and rehabilitation project responding to loss of 1,900 square miles of coastal land and marsh during the 20th century.