as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 02/25/2021 03:29pm
A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; repealing certain exceptions to prohibition on taking
endangered species of plants and animals; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020,
section 84.0895, subdivision 2.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 84.0895, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
(a) Subdivision 1 does not apply to:
(1) plants on land classified for property tax purposes as class 2a or 2c agricultural land
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in section 84.92, subdivision 6a, except for ground not previously disturbed by construction
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(2) noxious weeds designated pursuant to sections 18.76 to 18.88 or to weeds otherwise
designated as troublesome by the Department of Agriculture.
(b) If control of noxious weeds is necessary, it takes priority over the protection of
endangered plant species, as long as a reasonable effort is taken to preserve the endangered
plant species first.
(c) The taking or killing of an endangered plant species on land adjacent to class 3 or
3b agricultural land as a result of the application of pesticides or other agricultural chemical
on the class 3 or 3b land is not a violation of subdivision 1, if reasonable care is taken in
the application of the pesticide or other chemical to avoid impact on adjacent lands. For the
purpose of this paragraph, class 3 or 3b agricultural land does not include timber land, waste
land, or other land for which the owner receives a state paid wetlands or native prairie tax
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(d) The accidental taking of an endangered plant, where the existence of the plant is not
known at the time of the taking, is not a violation of subdivision 1.
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