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HF 2007

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/04/2019 02:05pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; modifying management requirements for Sand Dunes
State Forest; amending Laws 2017, chapter 93, article 2, section 155, as amended.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Laws 2017, chapter 93, article 2, section 155, as amended by Laws 2018, chapter
186, section 7, is amended to read:


Sec. 155. SAND DUNES STATE FOREST MANAGEMENT.

Subdivision 1.

Forest management.

When managing deleted text beginthedeleted text end Sand Dunes State Forest, the
commissioner of natural resources must:

(1) deleted text beginnot convert additional land to oak savanna or convert oak savanna to nonforest land
unless it is done as a result of a contract entered into before the effective date of this section
deleted text endnew text begin
manage the forest for forest cover and habitats. Forest stands must consist of multiple ages
and multiple species to maximize forest health and resiliency
new text end;

new text begin (2) manage rare features by focusing on species associated with forest habitats, wetlands,
and small forest openings;
new text end

deleted text begin (2)deleted text endnew text begin (3)new text end require all prairie seeds planted to be from native species of a local ecotype to
Sherburne or Benton County; and

deleted text begin (3)deleted text endnew text begin (4)new text end comply with the Minnesota Forest Resources Council's guidelines for aesthetics
in residential areas.

Subd. 2.

Prescribed burns; notification.

At least 40 days before conducting a prescribed
burn, the commissioner must:

(1) publish a notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the area;

(2) notify the county and township in writing; and

(3) notify residents within a quarter mile of the prescribed burn in writing.

Subd. 3.

School trust lands.

Nothing in this section restricts the ability of the
commissioner or the school trust lands director from managing school trust lands within
deleted text begin thedeleted text end Sand Dunes State Forest for long-term economic return.new text begin No additional trust lands may
be transferred into Sand Dunes State Forest.
new text end

deleted text begin Subd. 4. deleted text end

deleted text begin Township road. deleted text end

deleted text begin If the commissioner of natural resources finds that any portion
of 233rd Avenue within the Sand Dunes State Forest is not owned by the township, the
commissioner must convey an easement over and across state-owned lands administered
by the commissioner to the township under Minnesota Statutes, section 84.63, for the width
of 233rd Avenue. Notwithstanding the fee and market value payment requirements in
Minnesota Statutes, section 84.63, the commissioner shall convey easements to the township
at no cost, for existing roads currently maintained by the township across state-owned land
administered by the commissioner, located in Township 34N, Range 27W, Sections 15, 17,
20, 29, and 35 of Sherburne County, if the township lacks easements for the roads. In
addition, notwithstanding the fee and market value payment requirements in Minnesota
Statutes, section 84.63, the commissioner shall convey an easement to the township at no
cost for the existing road maintained by the township in the Northeast Quarter of the
Southeast Quarter, Section 36, Township 34N, Range 27W, Sherburne County, if the
township lacks an easement for such road. The commissioner may make necessary changes
to the legal description to correct errors and ensure accuracy.
deleted text end

new text begin Subd. 4a. new text end

new text begin Annual meetings. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of natural resources must hold annual
meetings with local residents, stakeholders, and interested parties to discuss upcoming plans
for Sand Dunes State Forest. The meetings must be informative and elicit input on proposed
actions.
new text end

Subd. 5.

Sunset.

This section expires deleted text begintwo years from the day following final enactmentdeleted text endnew text begin
January 1, 2035
new text end.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end