The commissioner of natural resources may advance funds appropriated for natural resource programs to government agencies, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, federally recognized Indian tribes and bands, colleges and universities, and nonprofit organizations deemed by the commissioner to be dedicated to the goals and objectives of the department for the purpose of sponsoring or cosponsoring conferences and seminars related to natural resources issues and management. The commissioner shall execute grants or contracts with the responsible parties under section 16C.05 prior to advancing any state funds and the agreements must provide for a full accounting of how the state's funds will be spent.
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