(Minneapolis, MN) -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is proposing a multi-million-dollar plan to restore the state's natural resources impacted by the drought.

The more than 13-million-dollar proposal would send money to efforts to conserve water, re-plant public forests and protect the healthy trees.

Officials say this year's drought was challenging on many natural resource fronts and while they took steps to mitigate the drought's impacts, more needs to be done. They added that this funding will help protect the resources we value and depend on for quality of life in Minnesota.