2nd Engrossment - 83rd Legislature (2003 - 2004) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am
1.1 A bill for an act 1.2 relating to natural resources; providing for the 1.3 disposition of certain timber sales receipts; creating 1.4 a forest management investment account; modifying the 1.5 forest resources Interagency Information Cooperative; 1.6 modifying the State Timber Act; modifying provisions 1.7 for timber sales on tax-forfeited land; appropriating 1.8 money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2002, sections 1.9 84A.51, subdivision 2; 89.035; 89A.09, subdivision 1; 1.10 90.02; 90.181, subdivision 2; 90.191, subdivision 2, 1.11 by adding a subdivision; 90.252; 282.04, subdivision 1.12 1; Minnesota Statutes 2003 Supplement, sections 1.13 90.101, subdivision 1; 90.14; 90.151, subdivision 1; 1.14 Laws 2003, chapter 128, article 1, section 5, 1.15 subdivision 4; proposing coding for new law in 1.16 Minnesota Statutes, chapter 89; repealing Minnesota 1.17 Statutes 2003 Supplement, section 90.191, subdivisions 1.18 3, 4. 1.19 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 1.20 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 84A.51, 1.21 subdivision 2, is amended to read: 1.22 Subd. 2. [FUNDS TRANSFERRED; APPROPRIATED.] Money in any 1.23 fund established under section 84A.03, 84A.22, or 84A.32, 1.24 subdivision 2, is transferred to the consolidated account, 1.25 except as provided in subdivision 3. The money in the 1.26 consolidated account, or as much of it as necessary, is 1.27 appropriated for the purposes of sections 84A.52 and 84A.53. Of 1.28 any remaining balance, the amount derived from timber sales 1.29 receipts is transferred to the forest management investment 1.30 account and the amount derived from all other receipts is 1.31 transferred to the general fund. 1.32 [EFFECTIVE DATE.] This section is effective July 1, 2004. 2.1 Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 89.035, is 2.2 amended to read: 2.3 89.035 [INCOME FROM STATE FOREST LANDS; DISPOSITION.] 2.4 All income which may be received from lands acquired by the 2.5 state heretofore or hereafter for state forest purposes by gift, 2.6 purchase or eminent domain and tax-forfeited lands to which the 2.7 county has relinquished its equity to the state for state forest 2.8 purposes shall be paid into the state treasury and credited
to2.9 the general fundas provided in this section, except where the 2.10 conveyance to and acceptance by the state of lands for state 2.11 forest purposes provides for other disposition of receipts. The 2.12 income derived from timber sales receipts shall be credited to 2.13 the forest management investment account and the amounts derived 2.14 from all other receipts shall be credited to the general fund. 2.15 [EFFECTIVE DATE.] This section is effective July 1, 2004. 2.16 Sec. 3. [89.039] [FOREST MANAGEMENT INVESTMENT ACCOUNT.] 2.17 Subdivision 1. [ACCOUNT ESTABLISHED; SOURCES.] The forest 2.18 management investment account is created in the natural 2.19 resources fund in the state treasury and money in the account 2.20 may be spent only for the purposes provided in subdivision 2. 2.21 The following revenue shall be deposited in the forest 2.22 management investment account: 2.23 (1) timber sales receipts transferred from the consolidated 2.24 conservation areas account as provided in section 84A.51, 2.25 subdivision 2; 2.26 (2) timber sales receipts from forest lands as provided in 2.27 section 89.035; and 2.28 (3) interest accruing from investment of the account. 2.29 Subd. 2. [PURPOSES OF ACCOUNT.] Subject to appropriation 2.30 by the legislature, money in the forest management investment 2.31 account may be spent by the Department of Natural Resources in 2.32 accordance with the forest resource management policy and plan 2.33 for any of the following purposes: 2.34 (1) reforestation and timber stand improvement, including 2.35 forest pest management; 2.36 (2) timber sales administration, contract marking of 3.1 commercial thinning sales, cultural resource reviews, and other 3.2 timber sales costs; and 3.3 (3) state forest road maintenance costs that exceed 3.4 appropriations under section 89.70. 3.5 [EFFECTIVE DATE.] This section is effective July 1, 2004. 3.6 Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 89A.09, 3.7 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 3.8 Subdivision 1. [ESTABLISHMENT.] The commissionerdean of 3.9 the University of Minnesota, College of Natural Resources, shall 3.10 be encouraged to coordinate the establishment of an Interagency 3.11 Information Cooperative. Members of the cooperative must 3.12 include: 3.13 (1) the University of Minnesota, College of Natural 3.14 Resources; 3.15 (2) the University of Minnesota, Natural Resources Research 3.16 Institute; 3.17 (3) the department; 3.18 (2)(4) the Land Management Information Center; 3.19 (3)(5) the Minnesota Association of County Land 3.20 Commissioners; 3.21 (4)(6) the United States Forest Service; and 3.22 (5)(7) other organizations as deemed appropriate by the 3.23 commissionermembers. 3.24 Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 90.02, is amended 3.25 to read: 3.26 90.02 [CITATION, STATEMENT OF POLICY.] 3.27 This chapter may be cited as the State Timber Act. 3.28 It is the intent and desire of the Minnesota legislature to 3.29 provide equal opportunity for all segments of our society to 3.30 participate in the sale process; and attempt to prevent the 3.31 purchase or acquisition of excessive volumes of the state's 3.32 timber resources by any one individual or corporation. 3.33 The Department of Natural Resources is directed to enact3.34 rulescommissioner shall establish specific timber sale 3.35 allocation standards to reach this objective; including 3.36 provision for sale of all timber species by both the informal4.1 and the auction saleeach method of sale specified in this 4.2 chapter; and maintaining reasonable proportions of volume in 4.3 each method of sale. The standards shall be included in each 4.4 edition of the timber sales manual published by the 4.5 commissioner. The standards are not subject to the rulemaking 4.6 provisions of chapter 14 and section 14.386 does not apply. 4.7 Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2003 Supplement, section 4.8 90.101, subdivision 1, is amended to read: 4.9 Subdivision 1. [SALE REQUIREMENTS.] The commissioner may 4.10 sell the timber on any tract of state land in lots not exceeding4.11 6,000 cords in volumeand may determine the number of sections 4.12 or fractional sections of land to be included in the permit area 4.13 covered by any one permit issued to the purchaser of timber on 4.14 state lands, or in any one contract or other instrument relating 4.15 thereto. No timber shall be sold, except (1) to the highest 4.16 responsible bidder at public auction, or (2) if unsold at public 4.17 auction the commissioner may offer the timber for private sale 4.18 for a period of no more than six months after the public auction 4.19 to any person who pays the appraised value for the timber. The 4.20 minimum price shall be the appraised value as fixed by the 4.21 report of the state appraiser. Sales may include tracts in more 4.22 than one contiguous county or forestry administrative area and 4.23 shall be held either in the county or forestry administrative 4.24 area in which the tract is located or in an adjacent county or 4.25 forestry administrative area that is nearest the tract offered 4.26 for sale or that is most accessible to potential bidders. In 4.27 adjoining counties or forestry administrative areas, sales may 4.28 not be held less than two hours apart. 4.29 Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2003 Supplement, section 90.14, 4.30 is amended to read: 4.31 90.14 [AUCTION SALE PROCEDURE.] 4.32 (a) All state timber shall be offered and sold by the same 4.33 unit of measurement as it was appraised. The sale shall be made 4.34 to the person who (1) bids the highest price for all the several 4.35 kinds of timber as advertised, or (2) if unsold at public 4.36 auction, to the person who purchases at any subsequent sale 5.1 authorized under section 90.101, subdivision 1. The 5.2 commissioner may refuse to approve any and all bids received and 5.3 cancel a sale of state timber for good and sufficient reasons. 5.4 (b) The purchaser at any sale of timber shall, immediately 5.5 upon the approval of the bid, or, if unsold at public auction, 5.6 at the time of purchase at a subsequent sale under section 5.7 90.101, subdivision 1, pay to the commissioner a down payment of 5.8 15 percent of the appraised value. In case any purchaser fails 5.9 to make such payment, the purchaser shall be liable therefor to 5.10 the state in a civil action, and the commissioner may reoffer 5.11 the timber for sale as though no bid or sale under section 5.12 90.101, subdivision 1, therefor had been made. 5.13 (c) In lieu of the scaling of state timber required by this 5.14 chapter, a purchaser of state timber may, at the time of payment 5.15 by the purchaser to the commissioner of 15 percent of the 5.16 appraised value, elect in writing on a form prescribed by the 5.17 attorney general to purchase a permit based solely on the 5.18 appraiser's estimate of the volume of timber described in the 5.19 permit, provided that the commissioner has expressly designated 5.20 the availability of such option for that tract on the list of 5.21 tracts available for sale as required under section 90.101. A 5.22 purchaser who elects in writing on a form prescribed by the 5.23 attorney general to purchase a permit based solely on the 5.24 appraiser's estimate of the volume of timber described on the 5.25 permit does not have recourse to the provisions of section 5.26 90.281. 5.27 Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2003 Supplement, section 5.28 90.151, subdivision 1, is amended to read: 5.29 Subdivision 1. [ISSUANCE; EXPIRATION.] (a) Following 5.30 receipt of the down payment for state timber sold at public5.31 auctionrequired under section 90.14 or 90.191, the commissioner 5.32 shall issue a numbered permit to the purchaser, in a form 5.33 approved by the attorney general, by the terms of which the 5.34 purchaser shall be authorized to enter upon the land, and to cut 5.35 and remove the timber therein described as designated for 5.36 cutting in the report of the state appraiser, according to the 6.1 provisions of this chapter. The permit shall be correctly dated 6.2 and executed by the commissioner and signed by the purchaser. 6.3 If a permit is not signed by the purchaser within 60 days from 6.4 the date of purchase, the permit cancels and the down payment 6.5 for timber required under section 90.14 forfeits to the state. 6.6 (b) The permit shall expire no later than five years after 6.7 the date of sale as the commissioner shall specify or as 6.8 specified under section 90.191, and the timber shall be cut 6.9 within the time specified therein. All cut timber, equipment, 6.10 and buildings not removed from the land within 90 days after 6.11 expiration of the permit shall become the property of the state. 6.12 (c) The commissioner may grant an additional period of time 6.13 not to exceed 120 days for the removal of cut timber, equipment, 6.14 and buildings upon receipt of such request by the permit holder 6.15 for good and sufficient reasons. The commissioner may grant a 6.16 second period of time not to exceed 120 days for the removal of 6.17 cut timber, equipment, and buildings upon receipt of a request 6.18 by the permit holder for hardship reasons only. 6.19 (d) No permit shall be issued to any person other than the 6.20 purchaser in whose name the bid was made. 6.21 Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 90.181, 6.22 subdivision 2, is amended to read: 6.23 Subd. 2. [DEFERRED PAYMENTS.] (a) If the amount of the 6.24 statement is not paid within 30 days of the date thereof, it 6.25 shall bear interest at the rate determined pursuant to section 6.26 16A.124, except that the purchaser shall not be required to pay 6.27 interest that totals $1 or less. If the amount is not paid 6.28 within 60 days, the commissioner shall place the account in the 6.29 hands of the attorney generalcommissioner of revenue according 6.30 to chapter 16D, who shall proceed to collect the same. When 6.31 deemed in the best interests of the state, the commissioner 6.32 shall take possession of the timber for which an amount is due 6.33 wherever it may be found and sell the same informally or at 6.34 public auction after giving reasonable notice. 6.35 (b) The proceeds of the sale shall be applied, first, to 6.36 the payment of the expenses of seizure and sale; and, second, to 7.1 the payment of the amount due for the timber, with interest; and 7.2 the surplus, if any, shall belong to the state; and, in case a 7.3 sufficient amount is not realized to pay these amounts in full, 7.4 the balance shall be collected by the attorney general. Neither 7.5 payment of the amount, nor the recovery of judgment therefor, 7.6 nor satisfaction of the judgment, nor the seizure and sale of 7.7 timber, shall release the sureties on any bond given pursuant to 7.8 this chapter, or preclude the state from afterwards claiming 7.9 that the timber was cut or removed contrary to law and 7.10 recovering damages for the trespass thereby committed, or from 7.11 prosecuting the offender criminally. 7.12 Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 90.191, 7.13 subdivision 2, is amended to read: 7.14 Subd. 2. [TIME FRAME FOR CUTTING AND REMOVAL.] Upon 7.15 receipt of a down payment for the full appraised value, the 7.16 commissioner may issue a permit according to section 90.151 to 7.17 cut timber within the time period specified by the commissioner, 7.18 which shall not exceed two years from the date of sale under any7.19 supervision and provisions the commissioner deems advisable.7.20 All cut timber, equipment, and buildings not removed from the7.21 land within 90 days after expiration of the permit shall become7.22 the property of the state. The commissioner may grant an7.23 additional period of not to exceed 120 days for the removal of7.24 cut timber, equipment, and buildings upon receipt of a request7.25 by the permit holder for good and sufficient reasons. The7.26 commissioner may grant a second period of time not to exceed 1207.27 days for the removal of cut timber, equipment, and buildings7.28 upon receipt of a request by the permit holder for hardship7.29 reasons only. 7.30 Sec. 11. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 90.191, is 7.31 amended by adding a subdivision to read: 7.32 Subd. 5. [ADDITIONAL PROCEDURE.] The sale procedure under 7.33 this section is an additional alternative timber sale procedure 7.34 available to the commissioner and is not intended to replace 7.35 other authority of the commissioner to sell timber in lots of 7.36 500 cords or less. 8.1 Sec. 12. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 90.252, is 8.2 amended to read: 8.3 90.252 [CONSUMER SCALE OF STATE TIMBER; WEIGHT MEASUREMENT 8.4 SERVICES; FEES.] 8.5 Subdivision 1. [CONSUMER SCALING.] The commissioner may 8.6 enter into an agreement with either a timber sale permittee, or 8.7 the purchaser of the cut products, or both, so that the scaling 8.8 of the cut timber and the collection of the payment for the same 8.9 can be consummated by the consumer. Such an agreement shall be 8.10 approved as to form and content by the attorney general and 8.11 shall provide for a bond or cash in lieu of a bond and such 8.12 other safeguards as are necessary to protect the interests of 8.13 the state. Such aThe scaling and payment collection procedure 8.14 may be used for any state timber sale, except that no permittee 8.15 who is also the consumer shall both cut and scale the timber 8.16 sold unless such scaling is supervised by a state scaler. 8.17 Subd. 2. [WEIGHT MEASUREMENT SERVICES; FEES.] The 8.18 commissioner may enter into an agreement with the owner or 8.19 operator of any weight scale inspected, tested, and approved 8.20 under chapter 239 to provide weight measurements for the scaling 8.21 of state timber according to section 90.251. The agreement 8.22 shall be on a form prescribed by the attorney general, shall 8.23 become a part of the official record of any state timber permit 8.24 so scaled, and shall contain safeguards that are necessary to 8.25 protect the interests of the state. Except as otherwise 8.26 provided by the commissioner, the cost of any agreement to 8.27 provide weight measurement of state timber shall be paid by the 8.28 permit holder of any state timber permit so measured and the 8.29 cost shall be included in the statement of the amount due for 8.30 the permit under section 90.181, subdivision 1. 8.31 Sec. 13. Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 282.04, 8.32 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 8.33 Subdivision 1. [TIMBER SALES; LAND LEASES AND USES.] (a) 8.34 The county auditor may sell timber upon any tract that may be 8.35 approved by the natural resources commissioner. SuchThe sale 8.36 of timber shall be made for cash at not less than the appraised 9.1 value determined by the county board to the highest bidder after 9.2 not less than one week's published notice in an official paper 9.3 within the county. Any timber offered at suchthe public sale 9.4 and not sold may thereafter be sold at private sale by the 9.5 county auditor at not less than the appraised value thereof, 9.6 until suchthe time as the county board may withdraw suchthe 9.7 timber from sale. The appraised value of the timber and the 9.8 forestry practices to be followed in the cutting of said timber 9.9 shall be approved by the commissioner of natural resources. 9.10 (b) Payment of the full sale price of all timber sold on 9.11 tax-forfeited lands shall be made in cash at the time of the 9.12 timber sale, except in the case of oral or sealed bid auction 9.13 sales, the down payment shall be no less than 15 percent of the 9.14 appraised value, and the balance shall be paid prior to entry. 9.15 In the case of auction sales that are partitioned and sold as a 9.16 single sale with predetermined cutting blocks, the down payment 9.17 shall be no less than 15 percent of the appraised price of the 9.18 entire timber sale which may be held until the satisfactory 9.19 completion of the sale or applied in whole or in part to the 9.20 final cutting block. The value of each separate block must be 9.21 paid in full before any cutting may begin in that block. With 9.22 the permission of the county contract administrator the 9.23 purchaser may enter unpaid blocks and cut necessary timber 9.24 incidental to developing logging roads as may be needed to log 9.25 other blocks provided that no timber may be removed from an 9.26 unpaid block until separately scaled and paid for. If payment 9.27 is provided as specified in this paragraph as security under 9.28 paragraph (a) and no cutting has taken place on the contract, 9.29 the county auditor may credit the security provided, less any 9.30 down payment required for an auction sale under this paragraph, 9.31 to any other contract issued to the contract holder by the 9.32 county under this chapter to which the contract holder requests 9.33 in writing that it be credited, provided the request and 9.34 transfer is made within the same calendar year as the security 9.35 was received. 9.36 (c) The county board may require final settlement on the 10.1 basis of a scale of cut products. Any parcels of land from 10.2 which timber is to be sold by scale of cut products shall be so 10.3 designated in the published notice of sale above mentionedunder 10.4 paragraph (a), in which case the notice shall contain a 10.5 description of suchthe parcels, a statement of the estimated 10.6 quantity of each species of timber thereon, and the appraised 10.7 price of each speciespecies of timber for 1,000 feet, per cord 10.8 or per piece, as the case may be. In suchthose cases any bids 10.9 offered over and above the appraised prices shall be by 10.10 percentage, the percent bid to be added to the appraised price 10.11 of each of the different species of timber advertised on the 10.12 land. The purchaser of timber from suchthe parcels shall pay 10.13 in cash at the time of sale at the rate bid for all of the 10.14 timber shown in the notice of sale as estimated to be standing 10.15 on the land, and in addition shall pay at the same rate for any 10.16 additional amounts which the final scale shows to have been cut 10.17 or was available for cutting on the land at the time of sale 10.18 under the terms of suchthe sale. Where the final scale of cut 10.19 products shows that less timber was cut or was available for 10.20 cutting under terms of suchthe sale than was originally paid 10.21 for, the excess payment shall be refunded from the forfeited tax 10.22 sale fund upon the claim of the purchaser, to be audited and 10.23 allowed by the county board as in case of other claims against 10.24 the county. No timber, except hardwood pulpwood, may be removed 10.25 from suchthe parcels of land or other designated landings until 10.26 scaled by a person or persons designated by the county board and 10.27 approved by the commissioner of natural resources. Landings 10.28 other than the parcel of land from which timber is cut may be 10.29 designated for scaling by the county board by written agreement 10.30 with the purchaser of the timber. The county board may, by 10.31 written agreement with the purchaser and with a consumer 10.32 designated by the purchaser when the timber is sold by the 10.33 county auditor, and with the approval of the commissioner of 10.34 natural resources, accept the consumer's scale of cut products 10.35 delivered at the consumer's landing. No timber shall be removed 10.36 until fully paid for in cash. Small amounts of timber not 11.1 exceeding $3,000 in appraised valuation may be sold for not less 11.2 than the full appraised value at private sale to individual 11.3 persons without first publishing notice of sale or calling for 11.4 bids, provided that in case of sucha sale involving a total 11.5 appraised value of more than $200 the sale shall be made subject 11.6 to final settlement on the basis of a scale of cut products in 11.7 the manner above provided and not more than two suchof the 11.8 sales, directly or indirectly to any individual shall be in 11.9 effect at one time. 11.10 (d) As directed by the county board, the county auditor may 11.11 lease tax-forfeited land to individuals, corporations or 11.12 organized subdivisions of the state at public or private vendue11.13 sale, and at suchthe prices and under suchthe terms as the 11.14 county board may prescribe, for use as cottage and camp sites 11.15 and for agricultural purposes and for the purpose of taking and 11.16 removing of hay, stumpage, sand, gravel, clay, rock, marl, and 11.17 black dirt therefromfrom the land, and for garden sites and 11.18 other temporary uses provided that no leases shall be for a 11.19 period to exceed ten years; provided, further that any leases 11.20 involving a consideration of more than $12,000 per year, except 11.21 to an organized subdivision of the state shall first be offered 11.22 at public sale in the manner provided herein for sale of timber. 11.23 Upon the sale of any suchleased land, it shall remain subject 11.24 to the lease for not to exceed one year from the beginning of 11.25 the term of the lease. Any rent paid by the lessee for the 11.26 portion of the term cut off by suchthe cancellation shall be 11.27 refunded from the forfeited tax sale fund upon the claim of the 11.28 lessee, to be audited and allowed by the county board as in case 11.29 of other claims against the county. 11.30 (e) As directed by the county board, the county auditor may 11.31 lease tax-forfeited land to individuals, corporations, or 11.32 organized subdivisions of the state at public or private vendue11.33 sale, at suchthe prices and under suchthe terms as the 11.34 county board may prescribe, for the purpose of taking and 11.35 removing for use for road construction and other purposes 11.36 tax-forfeited stockpiled iron-bearing material. The county 12.1 auditor must determine that the material is needed and suitable 12.2 for use in the construction or maintenance of a road, tailings 12.3 basin, settling basin, dike, dam, bank fill, or other works on 12.4 public or private property, and that the use would be in the 12.5 best interests of the public. No lease shall exceed ten years. 12.6 The use of a stockpile for these purposes must first be approved 12.7 by the commissioner of natural resources. The request shall be 12.8 deemed approved unless the requesting county is notified to the 12.9 contrary by the commissioner of natural resources within six 12.10 months after receipt of a request for approval for use of a 12.11 stockpile. Once use of a stockpile has been approved, the 12.12 county may continue to lease it for these purposes until 12.13 approval is withdrawn by the commissioner of natural resources. 12.14 (f) The county auditor, with the approval of the county 12.15 board is authorized to grant permits, licenses, and leases to 12.16 tax-forfeited lands for the depositing of stripping, lean ores, 12.17 tailings, or waste products from mines or ore milling plants, 12.18 upon suchthe conditions and for suchthe consideration and for 12.19 suchthe period of time, not exceeding 15 years, as the county 12.20 board may determine ; said. The permits, licenses, or leases to12.21 beare subject to approval by the commissioner of natural 12.22 resources. 12.23 (g) Any person who removes any timber from tax-forfeited 12.24 land before said timber has been scaled and fully paid for as 12.25 provided in this subdivision is guilty of a misdemeanor. 12.26 (h) The county auditor may, with the approval of the county 12.27 board, and without first offering at public sale, grant leases, 12.28 for a term not exceeding 25 years, for the removal of peat from 12.29 tax-forfeited lands upon suchthe terms and conditions as the 12.30 county board may prescribe. Any lease for the removal of peat 12.31 from tax-forfeited lands must first be reviewed and approved by 12.32 the commissioner of natural resources if the lease covers 320 or 12.33 more acres. No lease for the removal of peat shall be made by 12.34 the county auditor pursuant to this section without first 12.35 holding a public hearing on the auditor's intention to lease. 12.36 One printed notice in a legal newspaper in the county at least 13.1 ten days before the hearing, and posted notice in the courthouse 13.2 at least 20 days before the hearing shall be given of the 13.3 hearing. 13.4 (i) Notwithstanding any provision of paragraph (c) to the 13.5 contrary, the St. Louis County auditor may, at the discretion of 13.6 the county board, sell timber to the party who bids the highest 13.7 price for all the several kinds of timber, as provided for sales 13.8 by the commissioner of natural resources under section 90.14. 13.9 Bids offered over and above the appraised price need not be 13.10 applied proportionately to the appraised price of each of the 13.11 different species of timber. 13.12 (j) In lieu of any payment or deposit required in paragraph 13.13 (b), as directed by the county board and under terms set by the 13.14 county board, the county auditor may accept an irrevocable bank 13.15 letter of credit in the amount equal to the amount otherwise 13.16 determined in paragraph (b), exclusive of the down payment 13.17 required for an auction sale in paragraph (b). If an 13.18 irrevocable bank letter of credit is provided under this 13.19 paragraph, at the written request of the purchaser, the county 13.20 may periodically allow the bank letter of credit to be reduced 13.21 by an amount proportionate to the value of timber that has been 13.22 harvested and for which the county has received payment. The 13.23 remaining amount of the bank letter of credit after a reduction 13.24 under this paragraph must not be less than 20 percent of the 13.25 value of the timber purchased. If no cutting of timber has 13.26 taken place on the contract for which a letter of credit has 13.27 been provided, the county may allow the transfer of the letter 13.28 of credit to any other contract issued to the contract holder by 13.29 the county under this chapter to which the contract holder 13.30 requests in writing that it be credited. 13.31 Sec. 14. Laws 2003, chapter 128, article 1, section 5, 13.32 subdivision 4, is amended to read: 13.33 Subd. 4. Forest Management 13.34 33,066,000 33,066,00033,666,000 13.35 Summary by Fund 13.36 General 32,824,000 32,824,00027,209,000 14.1 Game and Fish 242,000 242,000 14.2 Natural Resources 6,215,000 14.3 $7,650,000 the first year and 14.4 $7,650,000 the second year are for 14.5 prevention, presuppression, and 14.6 suppression costs of emergency 14.7 firefighting and other costs incurred 14.8 under Minnesota Statutes, section 14.9 88.12. If the appropriation for either 14.10 year is insufficient to cover all costs 14.11 of presuppression and suppression, the 14.12 amount necessary to pay for these costs 14.13 during the biennium is appropriated 14.14 from the general fund. By November 15 14.15 of each year, the commissioner of 14.16 natural resources shall submit a report 14.17 to the chairs of the house of 14.18 representatives ways and means 14.19 committee, the senate finance 14.20 committee, the environment and 14.21 agriculture budget division of the 14.22 senate finance committee, and the house 14.23 of representatives environment and 14.24 natural resources finance committee, 14.25 identifying all firefighting costs 14.26 incurred and reimbursements received in 14.27 the prior fiscal year. The report must 14.28 be in a format agreed to by the house 14.29 environment finance committee chair, 14.30 the senate environment budget division 14.31 chair, the department, and the 14.32 department of finance. These 14.33 appropriations may not be transferred. 14.34 Any reimbursement of firefighting 14.35 expenditures made to the commissioner 14.36 from any source other than federal 14.37 mobilizations shall be deposited into 14.38 the general fund. 14.39 $730,000 the first year and $730,000 14.40 the second year are for the forest 14.41 resources council for implementation of 14.42 the Sustainable Forest Resources Act. 14.43 $350,000 the first year and $350,000 14.44 the second year are for the FORIST 14.45 timber management information system 14.46 and for increased forestry management. 14.47 $242,000 the first year and $242,000 14.48 the second year are from the game and 14.49 fish fund to implement ecological 14.50 classification systems (ECS) standards 14.51 on forested landscapes. This is a 14.52 onetime appropriation from revenue 14.53 deposited to the game and fish fund 14.54 under Minnesota Statutes, section 14.55 297A.94, paragraph (e), clause (1). 14.56 $6,215,000 the second year is from the 14.57 forest management investment account in 14.58 the natural resources fund for only the 14.59 purposes specified in Minnesota 14.60 Statutes, section 89.039, subdivision 2. 14.61 Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, 14.62 section 89.37, subdivision 4, up to 14.63 $600,000 for fiscal year 2005 is 14.64 transferred from the forest nursery 15.1 account to the forest management 15.2 investment account in the natural 15.3 resources fund to provide for cash flow 15.4 needs. The amount of the transfer 15.5 shall be repaid to the forest nursery 15.6 account from the forest management 15.7 investment account in the natural 15.8 resources fund no later than June 30, 15.9 2012. 15.10 [EFFECTIVE DATE.] This section is 15.11 effective July 1, 2004. 15.12 Sec. 15. [REPEALER.] 15.13 Minnesota Statutes 2003 Supplement, section 90.191, 15.14 subdivisions 3 and 4, are repealed.