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HF 3128

1st Engrossment - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/17/2020 04:49pm

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A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; appropriating money from outdoor heritage fund;
modifying provisions of Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council; modifying
provisions for motorized vehicles in wildlife management areas; modifying previous
appropriations; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 97A.056, subdivisions
5, 7; 97A.137, subdivision 3; Laws 2017, chapter 91, article 1, section 2, subdivision
3; Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 2, article 1, section 2, subdivision 5.

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

Section 1. new text beginOUTDOOR HERITAGE APPROPRIATIONS.
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 -0-
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 137,500,000
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 -0-
new text end
new text begin 41,803,000
new text end
new text begin (a) DNR Wildlife Management Area and
Scientific and Natural Area Acquisition - Phase
XII
new text end

new text begin $2,410,000 the second 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 XII
new text end

new text begin $3,876,000 the second 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
X
new text end

new text begin $3,926,000 the second 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 XI
new text end

new text begin $2,677,000 the second 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 III
new text end

new text begin $2,203,000 the second year is to acquire land
in permanent conservation easement and to
restore river and related habitat in the Wild
Rice River corridor. Of this amount, $173,000
is to the commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with the Wild Rice Watershed
District and $2,030,000 is to the Board of
Water and Soil Resources. The Board of Water
and Soil Resources may use up to $91,000 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 IV
new text end

new text begin $2,785,000 the second 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, $2,063,000 is
to Fox Lake Conservation League Inc.,
$618,000 is to Ducks Unlimited, and $104,000
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 - Phase II
new text end

new text begin $3,772,000 the second 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 $65,000 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 VI
new text end

new text begin $2,025,000 the second 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) Heron Lake Area Conservation Partnership
new text end

new text begin $5,242,000 the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for
agreements to acquire land in fee 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; to acquire
land in permanent conservation easement; and
to restore and enhance wildlife habitat within
the Heron Lake Watershed as follows:
$1,863,000 is to Ducks Unlimited; $1,517,000
is to Pheasants Forever; $801,000 is to the
Heron Lake Watershed District; and
$1,061,000 is to Minnesota Land Trust, of
which up to $120,000 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
acquisitions must be provided as part of the
required accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (j) Cannon River Watershed Habitat Complex
- Phase IX
new text end

new text begin $1,339,000 the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with The Trust for Public Land, in
cooperation with Great River Greening, to
acquire lands in fee in the Cannon River
watershed for wildlife management under
Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
subdivision 8; to acquire lands in fee for
aquatic management areas under Minnesota
Statutes, section 86A.05, subdivision 14; to
acquire lands in fee for scientific and natural
areas under Minnesota Statutes, section
86A.05, subdivision 5; to acquire lands in fee
for state forests under Minnesota Statutes,
section 86A.05, subdivision 7; and to restore
and enhance lands in the Cannon River
watershed. Of this amount, $1,035,000 is to
The Trust for Public Land and $304,000 is to
Great River Greening. 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 and restorations
must be provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (k) Accelerating the USFWS Habitat
Conservation Easement Program - Phase II
new text end

new text begin $3,718,000 the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Ducks Unlimited, in
cooperation with Pheasants Forever and the
United States Fish and Wildlife Service, to
acquire permanent conservation working lands
easements and to restore wetlands and prairie
grasslands. Of this amount, $2,623,000 is to
Ducks Unlimited and $1,095,000 is to
Pheasants Forever. A list of proposed
acquisitions and restorations must be provided
as part of the required accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (l) DNR Grassland Enhancement - Phase XII
new text end

new text begin $5,170,000 the second 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 (m) Enhanced Public Land: Grasslands - Phase
IV
new text end

new text begin $2,660,000 the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Pheasants Forever to enhance
and restore grassland and wetland habitat on
public lands. A list of proposed land
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 -0-
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new text begin 15,946,000
new text end
new text begin (a) Camp Ripley Sentinel Landscape ACUB
Protection Program - Phase VIII
new text end

new text begin $3,164,000 the second year is to the Board of
Water and Soil Resources, in cooperation with
the Morrison County Soil and Water
Conservation District, to acquire permanent
conservation easements and restore and
enhance forest wildlife habitat within the
boundaries of the Minnesota National Guard
Camp Ripley Sentinel Landscape and Army
Compatible Use Buffer. Of this amount, up to
$163,000 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 permanent conservation easements must
be provided as part of the final report.
new text end

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

new text begin $3,155,000 the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for
agreements as follows:
new text end

new text begin (1) $1,335,000 to The Nature Conservancy 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 to restore and
enhance wildlife habitat;
new text end

new text begin (2) $930,000 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) $890,000 to Minnesota Land Trust to
acquire permanent conservation easements
and to restore and enhance wildlife habitat, of
which $96,000 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 A list of proposed land acquisitions must be
provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (c) Northern Forest Habitat Conservation
new text end

new text begin $4,905,000 the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Minnesota Land Trust to
acquire forest land in fee to be permanently
protected and managed by St. Louis County
as county forest lands. A list of proposed land
acquisitions must be provided as part of the
required accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (d) DNR Forest Habitat Enhancement
new text end

new text begin $2,068,000 the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources to restore
and enhance wildlife habitat in the northern
forest region in wildlife management areas,
scientific and natural areas, aquatic
management areas, and state forests. A list of
proposed land restorations and enhancements
must be provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (e) Southeast Forest Habitat Enhancement -
Phase II
new text end

new text begin $1,167,000 the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources to restore
and enhance forests in southeastern Minnesota.
A list of proposed land enhancements must be
provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (f) Young Forest Conservation - Phase III
new text end

new text begin $1,487,000 the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with the American Bird
Conservancy to enhance publicly owned,
permanently protected forest lands for wildlife
management. A list of proposed forest land
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 -0-
new text end
new text begin 14,729,000
new text end
new text begin (a) Accelerating Waterfowl Production Area
Acquisition - Phase XII
new text end

new text begin $4,268,000 the second 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 and
Restoration Program - Phase IX
new text end

new text begin $5,376,000 the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Ducks Unlimited to acquire
lands in fee for wildlife management under
Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
subdivision 8, and to restore and enhance
prairie lands, wetlands, and land buffering
shallow lakes. 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
V
new text end

new text begin $3,130,000 the second 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 $288,000 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,
restorations, and enhancements must be
provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (d) Accelerated Shallow Lakes and Wetlands
Enhancement - Phase XII
new text end

new text begin $1,955,000 the second 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 Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Habitats
new text end

new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin 64,662,000
new text end
new text begin (a) Protecting Coldwater Fisheries on
Minnesota's North Shore
new text end

new text begin $2,110,000 the second 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 wildlife habitat in
priority coldwater tributaries to Lake Superior.
Of this amount, up to $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. A list of proposed
conservation easement acquisitions,
restorations, and enhancements must be
provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.
new text end

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

new text begin $7,551,000 the second 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,
$800,000 is to Minnesota Valley National
Wildlife Refuge Trust Inc., $300,000 is to
Friends of the Mississippi River, $366,000 is
to Great River Greening, $4,485,000 is to The
Trust for Public Land, and $1,600,000 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) Resilient Habitat for Heritage Brook Trout
new text end

new text begin $2,643,000 the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for
agreements to acquire land in fee and
permanent conservation easements and to
restore and enhance habitat in targeted
watersheds of southeast Minnesota to improve
heritage brook trout and coldwater
communities. Of this amount, $408,000 is to
The Nature Conservancy, $300,000 is to Trout
Unlimited, $1,000,000 is to The Trust for
Public Land, and $935,000 is to Minnesota
Land Trust. Up to $96,000 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 (d) Fisheries Habitat Protection on Strategic
North Central Minnesota Lakes - Phase VI
new text end

new text begin $3,283,000 the second 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, $1,030,000 is to
Northern Waters Land Trust and $2,253,000
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) Accelerating Habitat Conservation in
Southwest Minnesota
new text end

new text begin $3,551,000 the second 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 high-quality
wildlife habitat in southwest Minnesota. Of
this amount, up to $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. A list of proposed
conservation easement acquisitions,
restorations, and enhancements must be
provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (f) Targeted RIM Easement Program to
Individual Parcel: Pine and Leech Watersheds
- Phase I
new text end

new text begin $2,868,000 the second year is to the Board of
Water and Soil Resources to acquire and
restore permanent conservation easements of
high-quality forest, wetland, and shoreline
habitat. Of this amount, $164,000 is for an
agreement with the Crow Wing County Soil
and Water Conservation District. Up to
$156,000 of the total amount 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 (g) Mississippi Headwaters Habitat Corridor
Project - Phase V
new text end

new text begin $4,310,000 the second year is to acquire lands
in fee and restore wildlife habitat in the
Mississippi headwaters as follows:
new text end

new text begin (1) $2,522,000 is to the commissioner of
natural resources for agreements as follows:
$76,000 to the Mississippi Headwaters Board
and $2,446,000 to The Trust for Public Land;
and
new text end

new text begin (2) $1,788,000 is to the Board of Water and
Soil Resources, of which up to $188,000 is
for establishing a monitoring and enforcement
fund as approved in the accomplishment plan
and subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
97A.056, subdivision 17.
new text end

new text begin A list of proposed acquisitions must be
included as part of the required
accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (h) Hennepin County Habitat Conservation
Program - Phase II
new text end

new text begin $3,681,000 the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for
agreements with Hennepin County, in
cooperation with Minnesota Land Trust, to
acquire permanent conservation easements
and to restore and enhance habitats in
Hennepin County as follows: $446,000 to
Hennepin County and $3,235,000 to
Minnesota Land Trust. Up to $336,000 to
Minnesota Land Trust 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 permanent
conservation easements, restorations, and
enhancements must be provided as part of the
required accomplishment plan.
new text end

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

new text begin $1,719,000 the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Minnesota Trout Unlimited
to restore and enhance habitat for trout and
other species in and along coldwater rivers,
lakes, and streams in Minnesota. A list of
proposed land acquisitions, restorations, and
enhancements must be provided as part of the
required accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (j) DNR Aquatic Habitat Restoration and
Enhancement - Phase III
new text end

new text begin $4,421,000 the second 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 (k) St. Louis River Restoration Initiative - Phase
VII
new text end

new text begin $2,660,000 the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources to restore
priority aquatic and riparian habitats in the St.
Louis River estuary. A list of proposed
restorations must be provided as part of the
required accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (l) Knife River Habitat Rehabilitation - Phase
V
new text end

new text begin $817,000 the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Zeitgeist, a nonprofit
corporation, 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 (m) Shell Rock River Watershed Habitat
Restoration Program - Phase IX
new text end

new text begin $2,237,000 the second 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 (n) Rum River Wildlife and Fish Habitat
Enhancement Using Bioengineered Bank
Stabilization
new text end

new text begin $952,000 the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with the Anoka County Soil and
Water Conservation District to restore and
enhance riverine habitat in the Rum River
using eco-sensitive, habitat-building, and
bioengineering approaches. A list of proposed
enhancements must be provided as part of the
required accomplishment plan.
new text end

new text begin (o) Roseau River Habitat Restoration
new text end

new text begin $3,542,000 the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with the Roseau River Watershed
District to restore and enhance riverine habitat
in the Roseau River and the Roseau River
Wildlife Management Area.
new text end

new text begin (p) Sauk River Watershed Habitat Protection
and Restoration - Phase II
new text end

new text begin $4,580,000 the second 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 in the
Sauk River watershed as follows: $500,000
to the Sauk River Watershed District,
$2,419,000 to Pheasants Forever, and
$1,661,000 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 (q) Southeast Wetland Restoration
new text end

new text begin $1,576,000 the second year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with the city of Mankato to acquire
land in fee in the city of Mankato for wetland
and grassland restoration. A list of acquisitions
must be provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.
new text end

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

new text begin $12,161,000 the second 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, at least
$3,900,000 is for grants in the seven-county
metropolitan area and cities with a population
of 50,000 or more. 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, $475,000
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. 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 -0-
new text end
new text begin 360,000
new text end
new text begin (a) Contract Management
new text end

new text begin $210,000 the second 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) Technical Evaluation Panel
new text end

new text begin $150,000 the second 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 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, 2023.
For acquisition of real property, the amounts
in this section are available until June 30,
2024, if a binding agreement with a landowner
or purchase agreement is entered into by June
30, 2023, and closed no later than June 30,
2024. Funds for restoration or enhancement
are available until June 30, 2025, 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 the federal funding
was confirmed and included in the original
approved 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, 2020, 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 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 2016, chapter 172, article 1, section 2,
subdivision 5, paragraph (j), Roseau Lake
Rehabilitation, is extended to June 30, 2022.
new text end

new text begin (b) The availability of the appropriation in
Laws 2017, chapter 91, article 1, section 2,
subdivision 2, paragraph (f), Accelerated
Native Prairie Bank Protection - Phase VI, is
extended to June 30, 2022.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 10 is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 97A.056, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Open meetings.

(a) Meetings of the council and other groups the council may
establish are subject to chapter 13D. Except where prohibited by law, the council shall
establish additional processes to broaden public involvement in all aspects of its deliberations,
including recording meetings, video conferencing, and publishing minutes. For the purposes
of this subdivision, a meeting occurs when a quorum is present and the members receive
information or take action on any matter relating to the duties of the council. The quorum
requirement for the council shall be seven members.

(b) Travel to and from scheduled and publicly noticed site visits by council members
for the purposes of receiving information is not a violation of paragraph (a). Any decision
or agreement to make a decision during the travel is a violation of paragraph (a).

(c) For legislative members of the council, enforcement of this subdivision is governed
by section 3.055, subdivision 2. For nonlegislative members of the council, enforcement of
this subdivision is governed by section 13D.06, subdivisions 1 and 2.

new text begin (d) Unless held at a location outside of the Capitol complex, meetings of the council
must be made available on a website for live video streaming and be archived on a website
for playback at a later time. For meetings of the council held at a location outside of the
Capitol complex, the council must make meetings available via live video stream and archive
the video to the extent practical.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 97A.056, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Legislative oversight.

The senate and house of representatives chairs of the
committees new text beginand divisions new text endwith jurisdiction over deleted text beginthedeleted text end environment and natural resources
deleted text begin budget shalldeleted text endnew text begin finance and the outdoor heritage fund mustnew text end convene a joint hearing to review
the activities and evaluate the effectiveness of the council and to receive reports on the
council from the legislative auditor no later than June 30, deleted text begin2014deleted text endnew text begin 2021new text end.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 97A.137, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Use of motorized vehicles by deleted text begindisableddeleted text end huntersnew text begin with physical disabilitynew text end.

deleted text beginThe
commissioner may issue a special permit, without a fee, authorizing a hunter
deleted text endnew text begin A personnew text end with
a deleted text beginpermanentdeleted text end physical disability deleted text begintodeleted text endnew text begin maynew text end use a snowmobile, highway-licensed vehicle,
all-terrain vehicle, or motor boat in wildlife management areas. deleted text beginTo qualify for a permit
under this subdivision,
deleted text end The deleted text begindisableddeleted text end person new text beginwith a physical disability new text endmust possess:

(1) the required hunting licenses; and

(2) deleted text begina permit to shoot from a stationary vehicle under section 97B.055, subdivision 3deleted text endnew text begin a
valid disability parking certificate authorized by section 169.345 or valid license plates
issued under section 168.021
new text end.

Sec. 6.

Laws 2017, chapter 91, article 1, section 2, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Forests

16,824,000
-0-
(a) Carnelian Creek Conservation Corridor

$2,458,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Minnesota Land Trust to
acquire permanent conservation easements in
Washington County. Of this amount, up to
deleted text begin $30,000deleted text endnew text begin $120,000new text end 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 permanent
conservation easements must be provided as
part of the required accomplishment plan.new text begin This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2022.
new text end

(b) Laurentian Forest - St. Louis County Habitat
Project

$2,400,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for
agreements with the Minnesota Deer Hunters
Association in cooperation with The
Conservation Fund and St. Louis County to
acquire land in fee to be transferred to St.
Louis County for wildlife habitat purposes.
The amount is for agreements as follows:
$2,292,000 to the Minnesota Deer Hunter
Association and $108,000 to The Conservation
Fund. A list of proposed land acquisitions
must be provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.

(c) Southeast Minnesota Protection and
Restoration - Phase V

$2,375,000 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
; to acquire land in fee for
scientific and natural areas under Minnesota
Statutes, section 86A.05, subdivision 5; to
acquire land in fee for state forest purposes
under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
subdivision 7
; to acquire permanent
conservation easements; and to restore and
enhance prairie, grassland, forest, and savanna.
The amount is for agreements as follows:
$1,000,000 to The Nature Conservancy,
$675,000 to The Trust for Public Land, and
$700,000 to Minnesota Land Trust. Up to
$80,000 to Minnesota Land Trust is for
establishing a monitoring and enforcement
fund as approved in the accomplishment plan
and subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
97A.056, subdivision 17. No later than 180
days after the 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 in fee with this appropriation and not
transferred to the state or a local governmental
unit. A list of proposed land acquisitions must
be provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.

(d) Minnesota Forests for the Future - Phase V

$2,291,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources to acquire
easements for forest, wetland, and shoreline
habitat through working forest permanent
conservation easements under the Minnesota
forests for the future program pursuant 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
$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.

(e) State Forest Acquisitions - Phase IV

$1,000,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources to acquire
lands in fee for wildlife habitat purposes in
the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood
State Forest under Minnesota Statutes, section
86A.05, subdivision 7. A list of proposed land
acquisitions must be provided as part of the
required accomplishment plan.

(f) Critical Shoreland Protection Program -
Phase IV

$1,700,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Minnesota Land Trust to
acquire permanent conservation easements
along rivers and lakes in the northern forest
region. Of this amount, up to $120,000 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
permanent conservation easements must be
provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.

(g) Bushmen Lake

$4,600,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with The Conservation Fund in
cooperation with the United States Forest
Service to acquire lands in fee adjacent to
Bushmen Lake in St. Louis County to be
managed for wildlife habitat purposes. A list
of proposed land acquisitions must be
provided as part of the required
accomplishment plan.

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Sec. 7.

Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 2, article 1, section 2, subdivision 5, is
amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Habitats

50,119,000
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(a) St. Croix Watershed Habitat Protection and
Restoration - Phase I

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

(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
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to $20,000 is to the commissioner of natural
resources to deposit in the natural resources
conservation easement stewardship account
established under Minnesota Statutes, section
84.69, as approved in the accomplishment plan
and subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
97A.056, subdivision 17;
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(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

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

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

(b) Metro Big Rivers - Phase IX

$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.

(c) Dakota County Habitat
Protection/Restoration - Phase VII

$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.

(d) Fisheries Habitat Protection on Strategic
North Central Minnesota Lakes - Phase V

$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.

(e) Sauk River Watershed Habitat Protection
and Restoration

$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.

(f) Trout Unlimited Coldwater Fish Habitat
Enhancement and Restoration - Phase XI

$2,359,000 the first year is to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with 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.

(g) DNR Aquatic Habitat Restoration and
Enhancement - Phase II

$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.

(h) St. Louis River Restoration Initiative - Phase
VI

$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.

(i) Knife River Habitat Rehabilitation - Phase
IV

$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.

(j) Shell Rock River Watershed Habitat
Restoration Program - Phase VIII

$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.

(k) Pine River Fish Passage Project

$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.

(l) Sauk River Dam Fish Passage

$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.

(m) Restoring Norway Brook Connectivity to
the Pine River

$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.

(n) Pig's Eye Lake Islands Habitat Restoration
and Enhancement

$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.

(o) Restoring Upper Mississippi River at Lake
Pepin

$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.

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

$10,760,000 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, at least
$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.

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