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SF 1019

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/21/2019 02:08pm

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to legacy; appropriating money from outdoor heritage fund; modifying
previous appropriations; amending Laws 2015, First Special Session chapter 2,
article 1, section 2, subdivision 2, as amended; Laws 2017, chapter 91, article 1,
section 2, subdivision 2.

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

Section 1. new text beginOUTDOOR HERITAGE APPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are appropriated to the agencies
and for the purposes specified in this act. The appropriations are from the outdoor heritage
fund for the fiscal year indicated for each purpose. The figures "2020" and "2021" used in
this act mean that the appropriations listed under the figure are available for the fiscal year
ending June 30, 2020, or June 30, 2021, respectively. "The first year" is fiscal year 2020.
"The second year" is fiscal year 2021. "The biennium" is fiscal years 2020 and 2021. These
are onetime appropriations.
new text end

new text begin APPROPRIATIONS
new text end
new text begin Available for the Year
new text end
new text begin Ending June 30
new text end
new text begin 2020
new text end
new text begin 2021
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginOUTDOOR HERITAGE FUND
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Total Appropriation
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 127,505,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 565,000
new text end

new text begin This appropriation is from the outdoor heritage
fund. The amounts that may be spent for each
purpose are specified in the following
subdivisions.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Prairies
new text end

new text begin 38,303,000
new text end
new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin (a) DNR Wildlife Management Area and
Scientific and Natural Area Acquisition - Phase
XI
new text end

new text begin $2,519,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources to acquire
in fee and restore and enhance lands for
wildlife management under Minnesota
Statutes, section 86A.05, subdivision 8, and
to acquire lands in fee for scientific and natural
areas under Minnesota Statutes, section
86A.05, subdivision 5. Subject to evaluation
criteria in Minnesota Rules, part 6136.0900,
priority must be given to acquiring lands that
are eligible for the native prairie bank under
Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96, or lands
adjacent to protected native prairie. A list of
proposed land acquisitions must be provided
as part of the required accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (b) Accelerating Wildlife Management Area
Program - Phase XI
new text end

new text begin $6,060,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Pheasants Forever to acquire
in fee and restore and enhance lands for
wildlife management under Minnesota
Statutes, section 86A.05, subdivision 8.
Subject to evaluation criteria in Minnesota
Rules, part 6136.0900, priority must be given
to acquiring lands that are eligible for the
native prairie bank under Minnesota Statutes,
section 84.96, or lands adjacent to protected
native prairie. A list of proposed land
acquisitions must be provided as part of the
required accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (c) Minnesota Prairie Recovery Project - Phase
IX
new text end

new text begin $3,058,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with The Nature Conservancy to
acquire lands in fee and to restore and enhance
native prairies, grasslands, wetlands, and
savannas. Subject to evaluation criteria in
Minnesota Rules, part 6136.0900, priority
must be given to acquiring lands that are
eligible for the native prairie bank under
Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96, or lands
adjacent to protected native prairie. No later
than 180 days after The Nature Conservancy's
fiscal year ends, The Nature Conservancy must
submit to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage
Council annual income statements and balance
sheets for income and expenses from land
acquired with this appropriation. A list of
proposed land acquisitions must be provided
as part of the required accomplishment plan,
and the acquisitions must be consistent with
the priorities identified in Minnesota Prairie
Conservation Plan
.
new text end

new text begin (d) Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife
Refuge Land Acquisition - Phase X
new text end

new text begin $2,383,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with The Nature Conservancy, in
cooperation with the United States Fish and
Wildlife Service, to acquire lands in fee or
permanent conservation easements and to
restore and enhance lands in the Northern
Tallgrass Prairie Habitat Preservation Area in
western Minnesota for addition to the Northern
Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge.
Subject to evaluation criteria in Minnesota
Rules, part 6136.0900, priority must be given
to acquiring lands that are eligible for the
native prairie bank under Minnesota Statutes,
section 84.96, or lands adjacent to protected
native prairie. A list of proposed land
acquisitions must be provided as part of the
required accomplishment plan, and the
acquisitions must be consistent with the
priorities in Minnesota Prairie Conservation
Plan
.
new text end

new text begin (e) Lower Wild Rice Corridor Habitat
Restoration - Phase II
new text end

new text begin $225,000 the first year is to the commissioner
of natural resources for an agreement with the
Wild Rice Watershed District to acquire land
in permanent conservation easement and to
restore river and related habitat in the Wild
Rice River corridor. $2,750,000 the first year
is to the Board of Water and Soil Resources
to acquire lands in permanent conservation
easements and to restore river and related
habitat in the Wild Rice River corridor, of
which up to $111,000 is for establishing a
monitoring and enforcement fund as approved
in the accomplishment plan and subject to
Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056,
subdivision 17. A list of proposed acquisitions
must be included as part of the required
accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (f) Martin County DNR WMA Acquisition -
Phase III
new text end

new text begin $3,650,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for
agreements to acquire lands in fee and restore
and enhance strategic prairie grassland,
wetland, and other wildlife habitat in Martin
County for wildlife management under
Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
subdivision 8. Of this amount, $3,002,000 is
to Fox Lake Conservation League Inc.,
$554,000 is to Ducks Unlimited, and $94,000
is to The Conservation Fund. A list of
proposed acquisitions must be provided as part
of the required accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (g) RIM Grasslands Reserve
new text end

new text begin $2,276,000 the first year is to the Board of
Water and Soil Resources to acquire
permanent conservation easements and to
restore and enhance grassland habitat under
Minnesota Statutes, section 103F.501 to
103F.531. Of this amount, up to $39,000 is
for establishing a monitoring and enforcement
fund as approved in the accomplishment plan
and subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
97A.056, subdivision 17. A list of permanent
conservation easements must be provided as
part of the final report.
new text end

new text begin (h) Prairie Chicken Habitat Partnership of the
Southern Red River Valley - Phase V
new text end

new text begin $2,558,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Pheasants Forever, in
cooperation with the Minnesota Prairie
Chicken Society, to acquire lands in fee and
restore and enhance lands in the southern Red
River valley for wildlife management under
Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
subdivision 8, or to be designated and
managed as waterfowl production areas in
Minnesota in cooperation with the United
States Fish and Wildlife Service. Subject to
evaluation criteria in Minnesota Rules, part
6136.0900, priority must be given to acquiring
lands that are eligible for the native prairie
bank under Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96,
or lands adjacent to protected native prairie.
A list of proposed land acquisitions must be
provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (i) DNR Grassland Enhancement - Phase XI
new text end

new text begin $8,861,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources to
accelerate restoration and enhancement of
prairies, grasslands, and savannas in wildlife
management areas, in scientific and natural
areas, in aquatic management areas, on lands
in the native prairie bank, in bluff prairies on
state forest land in southeastern Minnesota,
and in waterfowl production areas and refuge
lands of the United States Fish and Wildlife
Service. A list of proposed land restorations
and enhancements must be provided as part
of the required accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (j) Anoka Sand Plain Habitat Restoration and
Enhancement - Phase VI
new text end

new text begin $2,573,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for
agreements to acquire permanent conservation
easements and to restore and enhance wildlife
habitat on public lands and easements in the
Anoka Sand Plain ecoregion and intersecting
minor watersheds as follows: $156,000 is to
the Anoka Conservation District; $699,000 is
to Great River Greening; $269,000 is to the
Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation
District; $182,000 is to the National Wild
Turkey Federation; and $1,267,000 is to
Minnesota Land Trust, of which up to
$144,000 to Minnesota Land Trust is for
establishing monitoring and enforcement funds
as approved in the accomplishment plan and
subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
97A.056, subdivision 17. A list of proposed
permanent conservation easements,
restorations, and enhancements must be
provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (k) Fairmont Chain of Lakes Habitat
Restoration Plan - Phase I
new text end

new text begin $1,390,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with the city of Fairmont to restore
and enhance grassland, wetland, and stream
habitats in the Dutch Creek watershed. A list
of proposed restorations and enhancements
must be provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Forests
new text end

new text begin 17,032,000
new text end
new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin (a) Protecting Strategic Forest Lands Near
Camp Ripley Partnership - Phase VIII
new text end

new text begin $3,348,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with The Conservation Fund to
acquire in fee and restore and enhance forest
wildlife habitat in Cass, Crow Wing, and
Morrison Counties in proximity to the
Minnesota National Guard Camp Ripley
Sentinel Landscape. Land must be acquired
for state forests under Minnesota Statutes,
section 86A.05, subdivision 7; for wildlife
management under Minnesota Statutes, section
86A.05, subdivision 8; for scientific and
natural areas under Minnesota Statutes, section
86A.05, subdivision 5; or as county forest land
or municipal forest land. A list of proposed
land acquisitions must be provided as part of
the required accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (b) Southeast Minnesota Protection and
Restoration - Phase VII
new text end

new text begin $5,741,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for
agreements as follows:
new text end

new text begin (1) $2,701,000 to The Nature Conservancy to
acquire lands in fee to be held by The Nature
Conservancy or acquire lands in fee for
wildlife management under Minnesota
Statutes, section 86A.05, subdivision 8; for
scientific and natural areas under Minnesota
Statutes, section 86A.05, subdivision 5; for
state forests under Minnesota Statutes, section
86A.05, subdivision 7; and for aquatic
management areas under Minnesota Statutes,
section 86A.05, subdivision 14;
new text end

new text begin (2) $1,370,000 to The Trust for Public Land
to acquire lands in fee for wildlife
management under Minnesota Statutes, section
86A.05, subdivision 8; for scientific and
natural areas under Minnesota Statutes, section
86A.05, subdivision 5; for state forests under
Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
subdivision 7; and for aquatic management
areas under Minnesota Statutes, section
86A.05, subdivision 14; and
new text end

new text begin (3) $1,670,000 to Minnesota Land Trust to
acquire permanent conservation easements
and to restore and enhance wildlife habitat, of
which $192,000 is to establish a monitoring
and enforcement fund as approved in the
accomplishment plan and subject to Minnesota
Statutes, section 97A.056, subdivision 17.
new text end

new text begin Annual income statements and balance sheets
for income and expenses from land acquired
in fee and held by The Nature Conservancy
with the appropriation in clause (1) must be
submitted to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor
Heritage Council no later than 180 days after
The Nature Conservancy's fiscal year closes.
A list of proposed land acquisitions must be
provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (c) Minnesota Forests for the Future - Phase VII
new text end

new text begin $4,573,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources to acquire
lands in fee and easements and to restore and
enhance forests, wetlands, and shoreline
habitat through working forest permanent
conservation easements under the Minnesota
forests for the future program according to
Minnesota Statutes, section 84.66. A
conservation easement acquired with money
appropriated under this paragraph must
comply with Minnesota Statutes, section
97A.056, subdivision 13. The accomplishment
plan must include an easement monitoring and
enforcement plan. Of this amount, up to
$150,000 is for establishing a monitoring and
enforcement fund as approved in the
accomplishment plan and subject to Minnesota
Statutes, section 97A.056, subdivision 17. A
list of proposed land acquisitions must be
provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan. A list of permanent
conservation easements must be provided as
part of the final report.
new text end

new text begin (d) Mississippi River Floodplain Forest
Enhancement - Phase III
new text end

new text begin $1,357,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with the National Audubon Society
to restore and enhance floodplain forest habitat
for wildlife on public lands along the
Mississippi River. A list of restorations and
enhancements must be provided as part of the
required accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (e) Enhanced Public Land Open Landscapes -
Phase I
new text end

new text begin $955,000 the first year is to the commissioner
of natural resources for an agreement with
Pheasants Forever, in cooperation with the
Minnesota Sharp-Tailed Grouse Society, to
enhance and restore early successional open
landscape habitat on public lands. A list of
proposed restoration and enhancements must
be provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (f) Minnesota Forest Recovery Project - Phase
I
new text end

new text begin $1,058,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with The Nature Conservancy to
enhance degraded forests in Beltrami, Cass,
Cook, Itasca, Lake, and St. Louis Counties. A
list of enhancements must be provided as part
of the required accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Wetlands
new text end

new text begin 20,753,000
new text end
new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin (a) Accelerating Waterfowl Production Area
Acquisition - Phase XI
new text end

new text begin $5,631,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Pheasants Forever, in
cooperation with the United States Fish and
Wildlife Service, to acquire lands in fee and
to restore and enhance wetlands and grasslands
to be designated and managed as waterfowl
production areas in Minnesota. A list of
proposed land acquisitions must be provided
as part of the required accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (b) Shallow Lake and Wetland Protection
Program - Phase VIII
new text end

new text begin $6,150,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Ducks Unlimited to acquire
lands in fee and to restore and enhance prairie
lands, wetlands, and land buffering shallow
lakes for wildlife management under
Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
subdivision 8. A list of proposed acquisitions
must be provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (c) Wetland Habitat Protection Program - Phase
IV
new text end

new text begin $2,129,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Minnesota Land Trust to
acquire permanent conservation easements
and to restore and enhance prairie, wetland,
and other habitat on permanently protected
conservation easements in high-priority
wetland habitat complexes in the prairie and
forest/prairie transition regions. Of this
amount, up to $240,000 is to establish a
monitoring and enforcement fund as approved
in the accomplishment plan and subject to
Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056,
subdivision 17. A list of proposed
conservation easement acquisitions and
restorations and enhancements must be
provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (d) Wild Rice Shoreland Protection - Phase VI
new text end

new text begin $937,000 the first year is to the Board of
Water and Soil Resources to acquire
permanent conservation easements on wild
rice lake shoreland habitat for native wild rice
bed protection. Of this amount, up to $72,000
is for establishing a monitoring and
enforcement fund as approved in the
accomplishment plan and subject to Minnesota
Statutes, section 97A.056, subdivision 17. A
list of permanent conservation easements must
be provided as part of the final report.
$250,000 the first year is to the commissioner
of natural resources to acquire lands in fee and
restore and enhance lands for wildlife
management under Minnesota Statutes, section
86A.05, subdivision 8; for scientific and
natural areas under Minnesota Statutes, section
86A.05, subdivision 5; for state forests under
Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
subdivision 7; and for aquatic management
under Minnesota Statutes, sections 86A.05,
subdivision 14, and 97C.02 to acquire lands
for wild rice lake shoreland habitat to protect
native wild rice beds. A list of proposed
acquisitions in fee must be provided as part
of the required accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (e) Shallow Lakes and Wetlands Enhancement
- Phase XI
new text end

new text begin $3,541,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources to enhance
and restore shallow lakes and wetland habitat
statewide. A list of proposed land restorations
and enhancements must be provided as part
of the required accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (f) Restoring Wetlands Dominated by Nonnative
Cattail in Border Waters
new text end

new text begin $1,270,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with the National Park Service to
restore and enhance wetland and lacustrine
habitat in Voyageurs National Park. A list of
proposed restorations and enhancements must
be provided as part of the accomplishment
plan.
new text end

new text begin (g) Big Rice Lake Wild Rice Enhancement
new text end

new text begin $845,000 the first year is to the commissioner
of natural resources to enhance and restore
wild rice wetland habitat in Big Rice Lake in
St. Louis County.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Habitats
new text end

new text begin 50,497,000
new text end
new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin (a) St. Croix Watershed Habitat Protection and
Restoration - Phase I
new text end

new text begin $3,751,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for
agreements as follows:
new text end

new text begin (1) $2,209,000 to The Trust for Public Land
to acquire land in fee and to acquire permanent
conservation stream easements in the St. Croix
River watershed using the payment method
prescribed in Minnesota Statutes, section
84.0272, subdivision 2;
new text end

new text begin (2) $1,377,000 to Minnesota Land Trust to
acquire permanent conservation easements
and to restore and enhance natural habitat
systems in the St. Croix River watershed. Of
this amount, up to $168,000 to Minnesota
Land Trust is to establish a monitoring and
enforcement fund as approved in the
accomplishment plan and subject to Minnesota
Statutes, section 97A.056, subdivision 17; and
new text end

new text begin (3) $165,000 to the St. Croix River
Association to coordinate and administer the
program under this paragraph.
new text end

new text begin A list of proposed land acquisitions and
permanent conservation easements must be
provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (b) Metro Big Rivers - Phase IX
new text end

new text begin $4,163,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for
agreements to acquire lands in fee and
permanent conservation easements and to
restore and enhance natural habitat systems
associated with the Mississippi, Minnesota,
and St. Croix Rivers and their tributaries in
the metropolitan area. Of this amount,
$820,000 is to Minnesota Valley National
Wildlife Refuge Trust Inc., $532,000 is to
Friends of the Mississippi River, $1,061,000
is to Great River Greening, and $1,750,000 is
to Minnesota Land Trust. Up to $144,000 to
Minnesota Land Trust is to establish a
monitoring and enforcement fund as approved
in the accomplishment plan and subject to
Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056,
subdivision 17. A list of proposed land
acquisitions and permanent conservation
easements must be provided as part of the
required accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (c) Dakota County Habitat
Protection/Restoration - Phase VII
new text end

new text begin $3,516,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Dakota County to acquire
permanent conservation easements and land
in fee and to restore and enhance riparian and
other habitats in Dakota County. A list of
proposed land acquisitions and restorations
and enhancements must be provided as part
of the required accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (d) Fisheries Habitat Protection on Strategic
North Central Minnesota Lakes - Phase V
new text end

new text begin $3,365,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for
agreements to acquire lands in fee and
permanent conservation easements and to
restore and enhance wildlife habitat to sustain
healthy fish habitat on coldwater lakes in
Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, and Hubbard
Counties. Of this amount, $841,000 is to
Northern Waters Land Trust and $2,524,000
is to Minnesota Land Trust. Up to $192,000
to Minnesota Land Trust is to establish a
monitoring and enforcement fund as approved
in the accomplishment plan and subject to
Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056,
subdivision 17. A list of acquisitions must be
provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (e) Sauk River Watershed Habitat Protection
and Restoration
new text end

new text begin $2,946,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for
agreements to acquire lands in fee and
permanent conservation easements and restore
and enhance wildlife habitat in the Sauk River
watershed as follows: $440,000 to Sauk River
Watershed District, $590,000 to Pheasants
Forever, and $1,916,000 to Minnesota Land
Trust. Up to $192,000 to Minnesota Land
Trust is to establish a monitoring and
enforcement fund as approved in the
accomplishment plan and subject to Minnesota
Statutes, section 97A.056, subdivision 17. A
list of acquisitions must be provided as part
of the required accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (f) Minnesota Trout Unlimited Coldwater Fish
Habitat Enhancement and Restoration - Phase
XI
new text end

new text begin $2,359,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Minnesota Trout Unlimited
to acquire permanent conservation stream
easements using the payment method
prescribed in Minnesota Statutes, section
84.0272, subdivision 2, and to restore and
enhance habitat for trout and other species in
and along coldwater rivers, lakes, and streams
in Minnesota. Up to $40,000 is to establish a
monitoring and enforcement fund as approved
in the accomplishment plan and subject to
Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056,
subdivision 17. A list of proposed land
acquisitions and restorations and
enhancements must be provided as part of the
required accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (g) DNR Aquatic Habitat Restoration and
Enhancement - Phase II
new text end

new text begin $3,208,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources to restore
and enhance aquatic habitat in degraded
streams and aquatic management areas and to
facilitate fish passage. A list of proposed land
restorations and enhancements must be
provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (h) St. Louis River Restoration Initiative - Phase
VI
new text end

new text begin $3,777,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources to restore
aquatic and riparian habitats in the St. Louis
River estuary. Of this appropriation, up to
$2,182,000 is for an agreement with
Minnesota Land Trust. A list of proposed
restorations must be provided as part of the
required accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (i) Knife River Habitat Rehabilitation - Phase
IV
new text end

new text begin $891,000 the first year is to the commissioner
of natural resources for an agreement with
Zeitgeist, in cooperation with the Lake
Superior Steelhead Association, to restore and
enhance trout habitat in the Knife River
watershed. A list of proposed enhancements
must be provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (j) Shell Rock River Watershed Habitat
Restoration Program - Phase VIII
new text end

new text begin $2,046,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with the Shell Rock River
Watershed District to acquire lands in fee and
to restore and enhance aquatic habitat in the
Shell Rock River watershed. A list of proposed
acquisitions, restorations, and enhancements
must be provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (k) Pine River Fish Passage Project
new text end

new text begin $1,246,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with the Crow Wing Soil and Water
Conservation District to restore and enhance
riverine habitat in the Pine River and provide
fish passage by removing dams and modifying
and installing structures.
new text end

new text begin (l) Sauk River Dam Fish Passage
new text end

new text begin $737,000 the first year is to the commissioner
of natural resources for an agreement with the
Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation
District to restore and enhance riverine habitat
in the Sauk River and provide fish passage by
removing the dam and modifying and
installing structures at the Melrose dam site.
new text end

new text begin (m) Restoring Norway Brook Connectivity to
the Pine River
new text end

new text begin $2,267,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with the city of Pine River to
restore and enhance riverine habitat in the Pine
River and provide fish passage by removing
the dam and modifying and installing
structures at the Norway Lake dam site.
new text end

new text begin (n) Pig's Eye Lake Islands Habitat Restoration
and Enhancement
new text end

new text begin $4,337,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Ramsey County to restore and
enhance wildlife habitat in Pig's Eye Lake, to
include constructing islands.
new text end

new text begin (o) Restoring Upper Mississippi River at Lake
Pepin
new text end

new text begin $750,000 the first year is to the commissioner
of natural resources for an agreement with the
Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance to restore and
enhance wildlife habitat on public lands in
Lake Pepin and the adjacent floodplain. A list
of proposed restorations and enhancements
must be provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (p) Conservation Partners Legacy Grant
Program: Statewide and Metro Habitat - Phase
XI
new text end

new text begin $11,138,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for a
program to provide competitive matching
grants of up to $400,000 to local, regional,
state, and national organizations for enhancing,
restoring, or protecting forests, wetlands,
prairies, or habitat for fish, game, or wildlife
in Minnesota. Of this amount, up to
$3,000,000 is for grants in the seven-county
metropolitan area and cities with a population
of 50,000 or greater. Grants must not be made
for activities required to fulfill the duties of
owners of lands subject to conservation
easements. Grants must not be made from the
appropriation in this paragraph for projects
that have a total project cost exceeding
$575,000. Of the total appropriation, $445,000
may be spent for personnel costs and other
direct and necessary administrative costs.
Grantees may acquire land or interests in land.
Easements must be permanent. Grants may
not be used to establish easement stewardship
accounts. Land acquired in fee must be open
to hunting and fishing during the open season
unless otherwise provided by law. The
program must require a match of at least ten
percent from nonstate sources for all grants.
The match may be cash or in-kind resources.
For grant applications of $25,000 or less, the
commissioner must provide a separate,
simplified application process. Subject to
Minnesota statutes, the commissioner of
natural resources must, when evaluating
projects of equal value, give priority to
organizations that have a history of receiving,
or a charter to receive, private contributions
for local conservation or habitat projects. If
acquiring land in fee or a conservation
easement, priority must be given to projects
associated with or within one mile of existing
wildlife management areas under Minnesota
Statutes, section 86A.05, subdivision 8;
scientific and natural areas under Minnesota
Statutes, sections 84.033 and 86A.05,
subdivision 5; or aquatic management areas
under Minnesota Statutes, sections 86A.05,
subdivision 14, and 97C.02. All restoration or
enhancement projects must be on land
permanently protected by a permanent
covenant ensuring perpetual maintenance and
protection of restored and enhanced habitat,
by a conservation easement or public
ownership or in public waters as defined in
Minnesota Statutes, section 103G.005,
subdivision 15. Priority must be given to
restoration and enhancement projects on public
lands. Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056,
subdivision 13, applies to grants awarded
under this paragraph. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2023. No less than five
percent of the amount of each grant must be
held back from reimbursement until the grant
recipient has completed a grant
accomplishment report by the deadline and in
the form prescribed by and satisfactory to the
Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. The
commissioner must provide notice of the grant
program in the summary of game and fish law
prepared under Minnesota Statutes, section
97A.051, subdivision 2.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Administration
new text end

new text begin 920,000
new text end
new text begin 565,000
new text end
new text begin (a) Contract Management
new text end

new text begin $210,000 the first year is to the commissioner
of natural resources for contract management
duties assigned in this section. The
commissioner must provide an
accomplishment plan in the form specified by
the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council
on expending this appropriation. The
accomplishment plan must include a copy of
the grant contract template and reimbursement
manual. No money may be expended before
the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council
approves the accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (b) Legislative Coordinating Commission
new text end

new text begin $555,000 the first year and $560,000 the
second year are to the Legislative
Coordinating Commission for administrative
expenses of the Lessard-Sams Outdoor
Heritage Council and for compensating and
reimbursing expenses of council members.
This appropriation is available until June 30,
2021. Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.281,
applies to this appropriation.
new text end

new text begin (c) Technical Evaluation Panel
new text end

new text begin $150,000 the first year is to the commissioner
of natural resources for a technical evaluation
panel to conduct up to 25 restoration and
enhancement evaluations under Minnesota
Statutes, section 97A.056, subdivision 10.
new text end

new text begin (d) Legacy Website
new text end

new text begin $5,000 the first year and $5,000 the second
year are to the Legislative Coordinating
Commission for the website required in
Minnesota Statutes, section 3.303, subdivision
10.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Availability of Appropriation
new text end

new text begin Money appropriated in this section may not
be spent on activities unless they are directly
related to and necessary for a specific
appropriation and are specified in the
accomplishment plan approved by the
Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
Money appropriated in this section must not
be spent on indirect costs or other institutional
overhead charges that are not directly related
to and necessary for a specific appropriation.
Unless otherwise provided, the amounts in
this section are available until June 30, 2022.
For acquisition of real property, the amounts
in this section are available until June 30,
2023, if a binding agreement with a landowner
or purchase agreement is entered into by June
30, 2022, and closed no later than June 30,
2023. Funds for restoration or enhancement
are available until June 30, 2024, or five years
after acquisition, whichever is later, in order
to complete initial restoration or enhancement
work. If a project receives at least 15 percent
of its funding from federal funds, the time of
the appropriation may be extended to equal
the availability of federal funding to a
maximum of six years if that federal funding
was confirmed and included in the original
draft accomplishment plan. Funds appropriated
for fee title acquisition of land may be used
to restore, enhance, and provide for public use
of the land acquired with the appropriation.
Public-use facilities must have a minimal
impact on habitat in acquired lands.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Payment Conditions and Capital
Equipment Expenditures
new text end

new text begin All agreements referred to in this section must
be administered on a reimbursement basis
unless otherwise provided in this section.
Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section
16A.41, expenditures directly related to each
appropriation's purpose made on or after July
1, 2019, or the date of accomplishment plan
approval, whichever is later, are eligible for
reimbursement unless otherwise provided in
this section. For the purposes of administering
appropriations and legislatively authorized
agreements paid out of the outdoor heritage
fund, an expense must be considered
reimbursable by the administering agency
when the recipient presents the agency with
an invoice, or a binding agreement with the
landowner, and the recipient attests that the
goods have been received or the landowner
agreement is binding. Periodic reimbursement
must be made upon receiving documentation
that the items articulated in the
accomplishment plan approved by the
Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council have
been achieved, including partial achievements
as evidenced by progress reports approved by
the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
Reasonable amounts may be advanced to
projects to accommodate cash flow needs,
support future management of acquired lands,
or match a federal share. The advances must
be approved as part of the accomplishment
plan. Capital equipment expenditures for
specific items over $10,000 must be itemized
in and approved as part of the accomplishment
plan.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Mapping
new text end

new text begin Each direct recipient of money appropriated
in this section, as well as each recipient of a
grant awarded according to this section, must
provide geographic information to the
Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council for
mapping of any lands acquired in fee with
funds appropriated in this section and open to
public taking of fish and game. The
commissioner of natural resources must
include the lands acquired in fee with money
appropriated in this section on maps showing
public recreational opportunities. Maps must
include information on and acknowledgment
of the outdoor heritage fund, including a
notation of any restrictions.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Carryforwards
new text end

new text begin (a) The availability of the appropriation in
Laws 2014, chapter 256, article 1, section 2,
subdivision 5, paragraph (k), Evaluate
Effectiveness of Aquatic Invasive Species
Prevention Strategies, is extended to June 30,
2020.
new text end

new text begin (b) The availability of the appropriation in
Laws 2015, First Special Session chapter 2,
article 1, section 2, subdivision 2, paragraph
(f), Minnesota Buffers for Wildlife and Water
- Phase V, is extended to June 30, 2024.
new text end

new text begin (c) The availability of the appropriation in
Laws 2016, chapter 172, article 1, section 2,
subdivision 2, paragraph (g), Reinvest in
Minnesota (RIM) Buffers for Wildlife and
Water - Phase VI, is extended to June 30,
2025.
new text end

new text begin (d) This subdivision is effective the day
following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Laws 2015, First Special Session chapter 2, article 1, section 2, subdivision 2, as
amended by Laws 2016, chapter 172, article 1, section 5, and Laws 2017, chapter 91, article
1, section 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Prairies

40,948,000
-0-
(a) DNR Wildlife Management Area and
Scientific and Natural Area Acquisition - Phase
VII

$4,570,000 in the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources to acquire
land in fee for wildlife management purposes
under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
subdivision 8
, and to acquire land in fee for
scientific and natural area purposes under
Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
subdivision 5
. Subject to evaluation criteria
in Minnesota Rules, part 6136.0900, priority
must be given to acquisition of lands that are
eligible for the native prairie bank under
Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96, or lands
adjacent to protected native prairie. A list of
proposed land and permanent conservation
easement acquisitions must be provided as
part of the required accomplishment plan.

(b) Accelerating Wildlife Management Area
Acquisition - Phase VII

$7,452,000 in the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Pheasants Forever to acquire
land in fee for wildlife management area
purposes under Minnesota Statutes, section
86A.05, subdivision 8. Subject to evaluation
criteria in Minnesota Rules, part 6136.0900,
priority must be given to acquisition of lands
that are eligible for the native prairie bank
under Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96, or
lands adjacent to protected native prairie. A
list of proposed land acquisitions must be
provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.

(c) Minnesota Prairie Recovery Project - Phase
VI

$4,032,000 in the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with The Nature Conservancy to
acquire native prairie, wetlands, and savanna
and restore and enhance grasslands, wetlands,
and savanna. Subject to evaluation criteria in
Minnesota Rules, part 6136.0900, priority
must be given to acquisition of lands that are
eligible for the native prairie bank under
Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96, or lands
adjacent to protected native prairie. Annual
income statements and balance sheets for
income and expenses from land acquired with
this appropriation must be submitted to the
Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council no
later than 180 days following the close of The
Nature Conservancy's fiscal year. A list of
proposed land acquisitions must be provided
as part of the required accomplishment plan
and must be consistent with the priorities
identified in the Minnesota Prairie
Conservation Plan.

(d) Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife
Refuge Land Acquisition - Phase VI

$3,430,000 in the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with The Nature Conservancy in
cooperation with the United States Fish and
Wildlife Service to acquire land in fee or
permanent conservation easements within the
Northern Tallgrass Prairie Habitat Preservation
Area in western Minnesota for addition to the
Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife
Refuge. Subject to evaluation criteria in
Minnesota Rules, part 6136.0900, priority
must be given to acquisition of lands that are
eligible for the native prairie bank under
Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96, or lands
adjacent to protected native prairie. A list of
proposed land acquisitions must be provided
as part of the required accomplishment plan
and must be consistent with the priorities in
the Minnesota Prairie Conservation Plan.

(e) Accelerated Native Prairie Bank Protection
- Phase IV

$3,740,000 in the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources to
implement the Minnesota Prairie Conservation
Plan through the acquisition of permanent
conservation easements to protect native
prairie and grasslands. Up to $165,000 is for
establishing monitoring and enforcement funds
as approved in the accomplishment plan and
subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
97A.056, subdivision 17. Subject to evaluation
criteria in Minnesota Rules, part 6136.0900,
priority must be given to acquisition of lands
that are eligible for the native prairie bank
under Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96, or
lands adjacent to protected native prairie. A
list of permanent conservation easements must
be provided as part of the final report.

(f) Minnesota Buffers for Wildlife and Water -
Phase V

$4,544,000 in the first year is to the Board of
Water and Soil Resources to acquire
permanent conservation easements to protect
and enhance habitat by expanding the clean
water fund riparian buffer program for at least
equal wildlife benefits from buffers on private
land. Up to $728,000 is for establishing a
monitoring and enforcement fund as approved
in the accomplishment plan and subject to
Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056,
subdivision 17
. A list of permanent
conservation easements must be provided as
part of the final report.

(g) Cannon River Headwaters Habitat Complex
- Phase V

$1,380,000 in the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with The Trust for Public Land to
acquire and restore lands in the Cannon River
watershed for wildlife management purposes
under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
subdivision 8
. Subject to evaluation criteria
in Minnesota Rules, part 6136.0900, priority
must be given to acquisition of lands that are
eligible for the native prairie bank under
Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96, or lands
adjacent to protected native prairie. A list of
proposed land acquisitions must be provided
as part of the required accomplishment plan.

(h) Prairie Chicken Habitat Partnership of the
Southern Red River Valley

$1,800,000 in the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Pheasants Forever in
cooperation with the Minnesota Prairie
Chicken Society to acquire and restore lands
in the southern Red River Valley for wildlife
management purposes under Minnesota
Statutes, section 86A.05, subdivision 8, or for
designation and management as waterfowl
production areas in Minnesota, in cooperation
with the United States Fish and Wildlife
Service. A list of proposed land acquisitions
must be provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.

(i) Protecting and Restoring Minnesota's
Important Bird Areas

$1,730,000 in the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for
agreements to acquire conservation easements
within new text beginand restore and enhance new text endimportant bird
areas identified in the Minnesota Prairie
Conservation Plan, to be used as follows:
$408,000 is to Audubon Minnesota and
$1,322,000 is to Minnesota Land Trust, of
which up to $100,000 is for establishing
monitoring and enforcement funds as approved
in the accomplishment plan and subject to
Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056,
subdivision 17
. A list of permanent
conservation easements must be provided as
part of the final report.new text begin This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2021.
new text end

(j) Wild Rice River Corridor Habitat
Restoration

$2,270,000 in the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with the Wild Rice Watershed
District to acquire land in fee and permanent
conservation easement and to restore river and
related habitat in the Wild Rice River corridor.
A list of proposed acquisitions and restorations
must be provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.

(k) Accelerated Prairie Restoration and
Enhancement on DNR Lands - Phase VII

$4,880,000 in the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources to
accelerate the restoration and enhancement of
prairie communities on wildlife management
areas, scientific and natural areas, state forest
land, and land under native prairie bank
easements. A list of proposed land restorations
and enhancements must be provided as part
of the required accomplishment plan.

(l) Enhanced Public Land Grasslands - Phase
II

$1,120,000 in the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Pheasants Forever to enhance
and restore habitat on public lands. A list of
proposed land restorations and enhancements
must be provided as part of the final report.

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Sec. 4.

Laws 2017, chapter 91, article 1, section 2, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Prairies

29,489,000
1,373,000
(a) DNR Wildlife Management Area and
Scientific and Natural Area Acquisition - Phase
IX

$3,064,000 the first year and $1,373,000 the
second year are to the commissioner of natural
resources to acquire in fee and restore lands
for wildlife management purposes under
Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
subdivision 8
, and to acquire land in fee for
scientific and natural area purposes under
Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
subdivision 5
. Subject to evaluation criteria
in Minnesota Rules, part 6136.0900, priority
must be given to acquiring lands that are
eligible for the native prairie bank under
Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96, or lands
adjacent to protected native prairie. A list of
proposed land acquisitions must be provided
as part of the required accomplishment plan.

(b) Accelerating the Wildlife Management Area
Acquisition - Phase IX

$5,603,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Pheasants Forever to acquire
in fee and restore lands for wildlife
management area purposes under Minnesota
Statutes, section 86A.05, subdivision 8.
Subject to evaluation criteria in Minnesota
Rules, part 6136.0900, priority must be given
to acquiring lands that are eligible for the
native prairie bank under Minnesota Statutes,
section 84.96, or lands adjacent to protected
native prairie. A list of proposed land
acquisitions must be provided as part of the
required accomplishment plan.

(c) Minnesota Prairie Recovery Project - Phase
VII

$1,901,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with The Nature Conservancy to
acquire land in fee for native prairie, wetland,
and savanna and to restore and enhance
grasslands, wetlands, and savanna. Subject to
evaluation criteria in Minnesota Rules, part
6136.0900, priority must be given to acquiring
lands that are eligible for the native prairie
bank under Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96,
or lands adjacent to protected native prairie.
No later than 180 days after The Nature
Conservancy's fiscal year ends, The Nature
Conservancy must submit to the Lessard-Sams
Outdoor Heritage Council annual income
statements and balance sheets for income and
expenses from land acquired with this
appropriation. A list of proposed land
acquisitions must be provided as part of the
required accomplishment plan and must be
consistent with the priorities identified in
Minnesota Prairie Conservation Plan.

(d) Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife
Refuge Land Acquisition - Phase VIII

$2,683,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with The Nature Conservancy in
cooperation with the United States Fish and
Wildlife Service to acquire land in fee or
permanent conservation easements and restore
lands in the Northern Tallgrass Prairie Habitat
Preservation Area in western Minnesota for
addition to the Northern Tallgrass Prairie
National Wildlife Refuge. Subject to
evaluation criteria in Minnesota Rules, part
6136.0900, priority must be given to acquiring
lands that are eligible for the native prairie
bank under Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96,
or lands adjacent to protected native prairie.
A list of proposed land acquisitions must be
provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan, and the acquisitions
must be consistent with the priorities in
Minnesota Prairie Conservation Plan.

(e) Cannon River Headwaters Habitat Complex
- Phase VII

$1,436,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with The Trust for Public Land to
acquire in fee and restore lands in the Cannon
River watershed for wildlife management
purposes under Minnesota Statutes, section
86A.05, subdivision 8. Subject to evaluation
criteria in Minnesota Rules, part 6136.0900,
priority must be given to acquiring lands that
are eligible for the native prairie bank under
Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96, or lands
adjacent to protected native prairie. A list of
proposed land acquisitions must be provided
as part of the required accomplishment plan.

(f) Accelerated Native Prairie Bank Protection
- Phase VI

$2,481,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources to acquire
permanent conservation easements to
implement the strategies in Minnesota Prairie
Conservation Plan to protect and restore native
prairie. Of this amount, up to $140,000 is for
establishing monitoring and enforcement funds
as approved in the accomplishment plan and
subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
97A.056, subdivision 17. Subject to evaluation
criteria in Minnesota Rules, part 6136.0900,
priority must be given to acquiring lands that
are eligible for the native prairie bank under
Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96, or lands
adjacent to protected native prairie. A list of
permanent conservation easements must be
provided as part of the final report.

(g) Reinvest In Minnesota (RIM) Buffers for
Wildlife and Water - Phase VII

$5,333,000 the first year is to the Board of
Water and Soil Resources to restore habitat
and acquire permanent conservation easements
under Minnesota Statutes, section 103F.515,
to protect, restore, and enhance habitat by
expanding the riparian-buffer program of the
clean water fund for at least equal wildlife
benefits from buffers on private land. Of this
amount, up to $858,000 is for establishing a
monitoring and enforcement fund as approved
in the accomplishment plan and subject to
Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056,
subdivision 17
. A list of permanent
conservation easements must be provided as
part of the final report.

(h) Prairie Chicken Habitat Partnership of the
Southern Red River Valley - Phase III

$1,908,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Pheasants Forever in
cooperation with the Minnesota Prairie
Chicken Society to acquire land in fee and
restore and enhance lands in the southern Red
River valley for wildlife management purposes
under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
subdivision 8
, or to be designated and
managed as waterfowl-production areas in
Minnesota in cooperation with the United
States Fish and Wildlife Service. Subject to
evaluation criteria in Minnesota Rules, part
6136.0900, priority must be given to acquiring
lands that are eligible for the native prairie
bank under Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96,
or lands adjacent to protected native prairie.
A list of proposed land acquisitions must be
provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.

(i) Accelerated Prairie Restoration and
Enhancement on DNR Lands - Phase IX

$3,950,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources to
accelerate restoration and enhancement of
prairies, grasslands, and savannas on wildlife
management areas, scientific and natural areas,
native prairie bank land, bluff prairies on state
forest land in southeastern Minnesota, and
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
waterfowl-production area and refuge lands.
A list of proposed land restorations and
enhancements must be provided as part of the
required accomplishment plan.

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Restoration and Enhancement - Phase V

$1,130,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for
agreements to acquire permanent conservation
easements and to restore and enhance wildlife
habitat on public lands in deleted text beginAnoka, Benton,
Isanti, Morrison, and Stearns Counties
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Anoka Sand Plain ecoregion and intersecting
minor watersheds
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Anoka Conservation District, $231,000 is to
the Isanti County Soil and Water Conservation
District, $345,000 is to Great River Greening,
$163,000 is to the Stearns County Soil and
Water Conservation District, and $350,000 is
to Minnesota Land Trust. Up to $40,000 to
Minnesota Land Trust is for establishing
monitoring and enforcement funds as approved
in the accomplishment plan and subject to
Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056,
subdivision 17
. A list of proposed permanent
conservation easements, restorations, and
enhancements must be provided as part of the
required accomplishment plan.

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