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HF 3649

1st Engrossment - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/05/2020 03:35pm

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A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; extending appropriation for grants to address emerald
ash borer; appropriating money; amending Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter
4, article 1, section 3, subdivision 4.

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

Section 1.

Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 4, article 1, section 3, subdivision 4,
is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Forest Management

50,668,000
50,603,000
Appropriations by Fund
2020
2021
General
33,651,000
33,300,000
Natural Resources
15,619,000
15,886,000
Game and Fish
1,398,000
1,417,000

(a) $7,521,000 the first year and $7,521,000
the second year are for prevention,
presuppression, and suppression costs of
emergency firefighting and other costs
incurred under Minnesota Statutes, section
88.12. The amount necessary to pay for
presuppression and suppression costs during
the biennium is appropriated from the general
fund. By January 15 of each year, the
commissioner of natural resources must submit
a report to the chairs and ranking minority
members of the house and senate committees
and divisions having jurisdiction over
environment and natural resources finance that
identifies all firefighting costs incurred and
reimbursements received in the prior fiscal
year. These appropriations may not be
transferred. Any reimbursement of firefighting
expenditures made to the commissioner from
any source other than federal mobilizations
must be deposited into the general fund.

(b) $13,869,000 the first year and $14,136,000
the second year are from the forest
management investment account in the natural
resources fund for only the purposes specified
in Minnesota Statutes, section 89.039,
subdivision 2
.

(c) $1,398,000 the first year and $1,417,000
the second year are from the heritage
enhancement account in the game and fish
fund to advance ecological classification
systems (ECS) scientific management tools
for forest and invasive species management.

(d) $836,000 the first year and $847,000 the
second year are for the Forest Resources
Council to implement the Sustainable Forest
Resources Act.

(e) $1,131,000 the first year and $1,131,000
the second year are for the Next Generation
Core Forestry data system. For fiscal year
2022 and later, the distribution for this
appropriation is $868,000 from the general
fund and $275,000 from the forest
management investment account in the natural
resources fund.

(f) $500,000 the first year and $500,000 the
second year are from the forest management
investment account in the natural resources
fund for forest road maintenance on state
forest roads.

(g) $500,000 the first year and $500,000 the
second year are for forest road maintenance
on county forest roads.

(h) $700,000 the first year is for grants to local
units of government to develop community
ash management plans; to identify and convert
ash stands to more diverse, climate-adapted
species; and to replace removed ash trees. This
is a onetime appropriationnew text begin and is available
until June 30, 2021
new text end.

(i) Grants awarded under paragraph (h) may
cover up to 75 percent of eligible costs and
may not exceed $500,000. Matching grants
provided through the appropriation are
available to cities, counties, regional
authorities, joint powers boards, towns, and
parks and recreation boards in cities of the
first class. The commissioner, in consultation
with the commissioner of agriculture, must
establish appropriate criteria for determining
funding priorities between submitted requests
and to determine activities and expenses that
qualify to meet local match requirements.
Money appropriated for grants under
paragraph (h) may be used to pay reasonable
costs incurred by the commissioner of natural
resources to administer paragraph (h).

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
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Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; CONVERTING ASH FORESTS ON STATE LANDS.
new text end

new text begin $500,000 in fiscal year 2021 is appropriated from the forest management investment
account in the natural resources fund to the commissioner of natural resources to identify
and convert ash forests on state lands to climate-adapted species.
new text end