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    Laws of Minnesota 1993 

                        CHAPTER 285-S.F.No. 1074 
           An act relating to natural resources; management of 
          state-owned lands by the department of natural 
          resources; deletion of land from Moose Lake state 
          recreation area; private use of state trails; use of 
          proceeds from private sale of state land in Washington 
          county; transfer of shoreland lots in Otter Tail 
          county; reporting and planning by commissioner of 
          natural resources; appropriating money; amending 
          Minnesota Statutes 1992, sections 84.0273; 84.632; 
          85.015, by adding a subdivision; 86A.05, subdivision 
          14; 92.06, subdivision 1; 92.14, subdivision 2; 92.19; 
          92.29; 92.67, subdivision 5; 94.10; 94.11; 94.13; 
          94.343, subdivision 3; 94.348, subdivision 2; and 
          97A.135, subdivision 2, and by adding a subdivision; 
          Laws 1992, chapter 502, section 4. 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 84.0273, is 
amended to read: 
    84.0273 [CORRECTION OF BOUNDARY LINES RELATING TO CERTAIN 
STATE LANDHOLDINGS.] 
    In order to correct errors in legal descriptions affecting 
the ownership interests of the state and adjacent landowners, 
the commissioner of natural resources may, in the name of the 
state, with the approval of the state executive council, convey, 
without monetary consideration, by quitclaim deed in such form 
as the attorney general approves, such rights, titles, and 
interests of the state in state lands for such rights, titles 
and interests in adjacent lands as are necessary for the purpose 
of correcting legal descriptions of boundaries.  The 
commissioner's recommendations to the executive council shall 
include the commissioner's determination of the value, if any, 
of the rights, titles, and interests involved.  A notice of the 
proposed conveyance and a brief statement of the reason therefor 
shall be published once in the State Register by the 
commissioner between 15 and 30 days prior to conveyance.  The 
provisions of this section are not intended to replace or 
supersede laws relating to land exchange or disposal of surplus 
state property. 
    Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 84.632, is 
amended to read: 
    84.632 [CONVEYANCE OF UNNEEDED STATE FLOWAGE EASEMENTS.] 
    (a) Notwithstanding section 92.45, the commissioner of 
natural resources may, in the name of the state, release a 
flowage all or part of an easement acquired by the state to upon 
application of a landowner whose property is burdened with 
the flowage easement if the flowage easement is not needed for 
state purposes.  
    (b) The entire, or a portion of a, flowage All or part of 
an easement may be released by payment of consideration in an 
amount of not less than $500, to be determined by the 
commissioner.  The conveyance release must be by quitclaim deed 
in a form approved by the attorney general.  
    (c) Money received for release of the flowage easement 
shall be deposited in must be credited to the account from which 
money was expended for purchase of the flowage easement.  If 
there is no specific account, the money must be credited to the 
land acquisition account established in section 94.165.  
     Sec. 3.  [85.013] [Subd. 18a] MOOSE LAKE STATE RECREATION 
AREA, CARLTON COUNTY.  The following area is deleted from Moose 
Lake state recreation area:  The Southeast Quarter of the 
Southwest Quarter and the Southwest Quarter of the Southeast 
Quarter of Section 22. 
     Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 85.015, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
    Subd. 1a.  [PRIVATE SUBSURFACE USE OF 
TRAILS.] Notwithstanding section 272.68, subdivision 3, the 
commissioner may issue a permit, without a fee, to allow a 
person who owns land adjacent to a trail established under this 
section on land owned by the state in fee to continue a 
subsurface use of the trail right-of-way, if: 
    (1) the person was carrying on the use when the state 
acquired the land for the trail; and 
    (2) the use does not interfere with the public's use of the 
trail. 
    Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 86A.05, 
subdivision 14, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 14.  [AQUATIC MANAGEMENT AREAS.] (a) Aquatic 
management areas may be established to protect, develop, and 
manage lakes, rivers, streams, and adjacent wetlands and lands 
that are critical for fish and other aquatic life, for water 
quality, and for their intrinsic biological value, public 
fishing, or other compatible outdoor recreational uses. 
    (b) Aquatic management areas may be established to protect 
wetland areas under ten acres that are donated to the department 
of natural resources.  
    (c) No unit may be authorized unless it meets one or more 
of the following criteria: 
    (1) provides angler or management access; 
    (2) protects fish spawning, rearing, or other unique 
habitat; 
    (3) protects aquatic wildlife feeding and nesting areas; 
    (4) protects critical shoreline habitat; or 
    (5) provides a site for research on natural history. 
    (c) (d) Aquatic management areas must be administered by 
the commissioner of natural resources in a manner consistent 
with the purposes of this subdivision to perpetuate and, if 
necessary, reestablish high quality aquatic habitat for 
production of fish, wildlife, and other aquatic species.  Public 
fishing and other uses shall be consistent with the limitations 
of the resource, including the need to preserve adequate 
populations and prevent long-term habitat injury or excessive 
fish population reduction or increase.  Public access to aquatic 
management areas may be closed during certain time periods. 
    Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 92.06, 
subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
    Subdivision 1.  [TERMS.] (a) The terms of payment on the 
sale of state public lands must be as follows:  The purchaser 
shall pay in cash at the time of sale the appraised value of all 
timber.  At least 15 percent of the purchase price of the land 
exclusive of timber must be paid in cash at the time of sale.  
The balance must be paid in no more than 20 equal annual 
installments.  Payments must be made by June 1 each year 
following the year in which the purchase was made, with interest 
at the rate in effect at the time under section 549.09 of sale, 
calculated under this subdivision, on the unpaid balances.  Any 
installment of principal or interest may be paid in advance, but 
part payment of an installment will not be accepted.  For the 
purpose of computing interest, any installment of principal not 
paid on June 1 shall be credited on the following June 1. 
    (b) Interest on unpaid balances must be computed as annual 
simple interest.  The rate of interest must be based on average 
effective interest rates on mortgage loans as provided in 
paragraph (c). 
    (c) On or before December 31 of each year the commissioner 
of natural resources shall determine the rate from the average 
effective interest rate on loans closed using the office of 
thrift supervision series, formerly the federal home loan bank 
board series, or its successor agency, for the most recent 
calendar month, reported on a monthly basis in the latest 
statistical release of the board of governors of the federal 
reserve system.  This yield, rounded to the nearest quarter of 
one percent, is the annual interest rate for sales of state land 
during the succeeding calendar year. 
    (d) For state land sales in calendar year 1993 after July 
1, 1993, the rate is eight percent, which is the September 1992 
average from the office of thrift supervision series, rounded to 
the nearest quarter of one percent. 
    Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 92.14, 
subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 2.  [CONTENTS.] The notice must contain the following 
information: 
    (1) the time and place for the holding of the sales; 
    (2) the limitations and requirements provided by law for 
purchasers of the lands; 
    (3) the terms and conditions of payments required by law a 
general statement of the terms of sale; and 
    (4) (3) the place where lists of lands to be offered for 
sale may be obtained.  
    Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 92.19, is amended 
to read: 
    92.19 [ASSIGNMENT; EXTENSIONS OF PAYMENT.] 
    When a certificate or partial interest in a certificate is 
assigned, the assignment must be made by deed or instrument of 
assignment of an equitable interest of record on a form 
prescribed by the commissioner, executed by the assignor and 
assignee, and consented to by the commissioner.  An assignment 
of a partial interest shall recite that payment in full has been 
made to the commissioner.  
    When the assignee satisfies the terms of the assignment and 
corresponding terms of the certificate, the commissioner shall 
issue a deed or patent to the assignee.  When an extension of 
time of payment is agreed upon, the agreement must be in 
writing, executed like a deed, and recorded in the office of the 
commissioner. 
    Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 92.29, is amended 
to read: 
    92.29 [LAND PATENTS.] 
    The commissioner of natural resources shall sign and issue 
in the name of the state and under the seal of the state a 
patent for the land described in any certificate of sale when 
the principal and interest specified in the certificate of sale 
and all delinquent taxes due on the land have been paid.  The 
patent shall be issued to the purchaser named in the certificate 
of sale, or the purchaser's successor in interest by execution, 
judicial, mortgage or tax sale, or the assignee, vendee, heir or 
devisee of the purchaser, as shown by a properly certified 
abstract of title or other evidence if the purchaser's successor 
is a person other than the purchaser named in the certificate of 
sale.  If the certificate of sale has become lost or destroyed, 
an affidavit stating that fact or a certified copy of the 
certificate must be submitted by the applicant for a patent.  
    Sec. 10.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 92.67, 
subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 5.  [TERMS OF SALE.] For the sale of the public lands 
under this section, the purchaser shall pay the state ten 
percent of the purchase price at the time of the sale.  The 
balance must be paid in no more than 20 equal annual 
installments.  The interest rate on the remaining balance shall 
be at the rate in effect at the time of the sale under section 
549.09 92.06, subdivision 1. 
    Sec. 11.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 94.10, is 
amended to read: 
    94.10 [SURVEYS, APPRAISALS AND SALE.] 
    Subdivision 1.  Before offering any surplus state owned 
lands for sale, the commissioner of administration may survey 
such lands, and if the value thereof is estimated to be 
$20,000 $40,000 or less, may have such lands appraised.  The 
commissioner shall have the lands appraised if the estimated 
value is in excess of $20,000 $40,000.  The appraisal shall be 
made by not less than three appraisers, at least two of whom 
shall be residents of the county in which the lands are 
situated.  Each appraiser shall before entering upon the duties 
of the office take and subscribe an oath that the appraiser will 
faithfully and impartially discharge the duties as appraiser 
according to the best of the appraiser's ability and that the 
appraiser is not interested directly or indirectly in any of the 
lands to be appraised or the timber or improvements thereon or 
in the purchase thereof and has entered into no agreement or 
combination to purchase the same or any part thereof, which oath 
shall be attached to the report of such appraisal.  Before 
offering such surplus state owned lands for public sale, such 
lands shall first be offered to the city, county, town, school 
district, or other public body corporate or politic in which the 
lands are situated for public purposes and they may be sold for 
such public purposes for not less than the appraised value 
thereof.  To determine whether a public body desires to purchase 
the surplus land, the commissioner of administration shall give 
a written notice to the governing body of each political 
subdivision whose jurisdictional boundaries include or are 
adjacent to the surplus land.  If a public body desires to 
purchase the surplus land it shall submit a written offer to the 
commissioner not later than two weeks after receipt of notice 
setting forth in detail its reasons for desiring to acquire and 
its intended use of the land.  In the event that more than one 
public body tenders an offer, the commissioner shall determine 
which party shall receive the property, and shall submit written 
findings regarding the decision.  If lands are offered for sale 
for such public purposes, and if a public body notifies the 
commissioner of administration of its desire to acquire such 
lands, the public body may have not to exceed two years from the 
date of the accepted offer to commence payment for the lands in 
the manner provided by law. 
    Subd. 2.  (a) Lands certified as surplus by the head of a 
department or agency other than the department of natural 
resources shall be offered for public sale by the commissioner 
of administration as provided in this paragraph.  After 
complying with subdivision 1 and before any public sale of 
surplus state owned land is made, the commissioner of 
administration shall publish a notice thereof at least once in 
each week for four successive weeks in a legal newspaper and 
also in a newspaper of general distribution in the city or 
county in which the real property to be sold is situated, which 
notice shall specify the time and place in the county at which 
the sale will commence, a general description of the lots or 
tracts to be offered, and a general statement of the terms of 
sale.  Each tract or lot shall be sold separately and shall be 
sold for not less than the appraised value thereof.  Parcels 
remaining unsold after the offering may be sold to anyone 
agreeing to pay the appraised value thereof.  The sale shall 
continue until all parcels are sold or until the commissioner 
orders a reappraisal or withdraws the remaining parcels from 
sale.  
    (b) Lands certified as surplus by the commissioner of 
natural resources shall be offered for public sale by the 
commissioner of natural resources in the manner provided in 
paragraph (a) for sales by the commissioner of administration. 
    (c) The cost of any survey or appraisal as provided in 
subdivision 1 shall be added to and made a part of the appraised 
value of the lands to be sold, whether to any political 
subdivision of the state or to a private purchaser as provided 
in this subdivision. 
    Sec. 12.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 94.11, is 
amended to read: 
    94.11 [TERMS OF PAYMENT.] 
    Not less than ten percent of the purchase price shall be 
paid at the time of sale with the balance payable as follows:  
If the purchase price of any lot or parcel is $5,000 or less, 
the balance shall be paid within 90 days of the date of sale.  
If the purchase price of any lot or parcel is in excess of 
$5,000, the balance shall be paid in equal annual installments 
for not more than five years, at the option of the purchaser, 
with principal and interest payable annually in advance at a 
rate equal to the rate in effect at the time under section 
549.09 on the unpaid balance, payable to the state treasury on 
or before June first 1 each year.  Any installment of principal 
or interest may be prepaid.  Terms of payment for lands sold by 
the commissioner of natural resources are the same as those 
provided for state public lands by section 92.06, subdivision 1. 
    Sec. 13.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 94.13, is 
amended to read: 
    94.13 [RECORD OF CONTRACTS FOR DEED AND ASSIGNMENTS; 
EFFECT.] 
    (a) A contract for deed issued pursuant to sections 94.09 
to 94.16, or any assignment thereof, executed and acknowledged 
as provided by law for the execution and acknowledgment of deeds 
may be recorded in the office of the county recorder of any 
county in the state in the same manner and with like effect as 
deeds are therein recorded.  This contract for deed shall 
entitle the purchaser thereof, or the heirs and assigns of the 
purchaser, to the exclusive possession of the land therein 
described, provided its terms have been in all respects complied 
with, and the contract for deed and the record thereof shall be 
conclusive evidence of title in the purchaser, or the heirs and 
assigns of the purchaser, for all purposes and against all 
persons, except the state of Minnesota in case of forfeiture. 
    (b) When a contract for deed or partial interest in a 
contract for deed is assigned, the assignment must be made on a 
form provided by the commissioner, executed by the assignor and 
assignee, and consented to by the commissioner.  An assignment 
of a partial interest must state that payment to date has been 
made to the commissioner.  
    (c) When the assignee satisfies the terms of the assignment 
and corresponding terms of the contract for deed, the 
commissioner shall issue a deed to the assignee.  
     Sec. 14.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 94.343, 
subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 3.  (a) Except as otherwise herein provided, Class A 
land shall be exchanged only for land of at least substantially 
equal value to the state, as determined by the commissioner, 
with the approval of the board.  For the purposes of such 
determination, the commissioner shall cause the state land and 
the land proposed to be exchanged therefor to be examined and 
appraised by qualified state appraisers as provided in section 
84.0272; provided, that in exchanges with the United States or 
any agency thereof the examination and appraisal may be made in 
such manner as the land exchange board may direct.  The 
appraisers shall determine the fair market value of the lands 
involved, disregarding any minimum value fixed for state land by 
the state constitution or by law, and shall make a report 
thereof, together with such other pertinent information 
respecting the use and value of the lands to the state as they 
deem pertinent or as the commissioner or the board may require.  
Such reports shall be filed and preserved in the same manner as 
other reports of appraisal of state lands.  The appraised values 
shall not be conclusive, but shall be taken into consideration 
by the commissioner and the board, together with such other 
matters as they deem material, in determining the values for the 
purposes of exchange. 
    (b) For the purposes of this subdivision, "substantially 
equal value" means: 
    (1) where the lands being exchanged are both over 100 
acres, their values do not differ by more than ten percent; and 
    (2) in other cases, the values of the exchanged lands do 
not differ by more than 20 percent. 
    Sec. 15.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 94.348, 
subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 2.  [APPRAISAL AND SURVEY FEE.] (a) Except as 
provided in paragraph (b), the appraisal and survey fee shall be 
retained by the board credited to the account from which the 
expenses of appraisal and survey were paid and is appropriated 
for expenditure in the same manner as other money in the account.
    (b) The appraisal and survey fee shall be refunded if:  
    (1) the land exchange offer is withdrawn by a private land 
owner or a governmental unit before money is spent for the 
appraisal and survey; or 
    (2) the board refuses to accept the land exchange offer. 
     Sec. 16.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 97A.135, 
subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 2.  [DISPOSAL OF UNSUITABLE HUNTING AREAS.] The 
commissioner shall sell or exchange land acquired for public 
hunting that is unnecessary or unsuitable.  The land may not be 
sold for less than its purchase price.  The land may be 
exchanged for land of equal value that adds to existing public 
hunting areas.  The sales and exchanges must be approved by the 
executive council.  This subdivision does not apply to land in a 
wildlife management area. 
    Sec. 17.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 97A.135, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
    Subd. 2a.  [DISPOSAL OF LAND IN WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT 
AREAS.] (a) The commissioner may sell or exchange land in a 
wildlife management area authorized by designation under section 
86A.07, subdivision 3, or 97A.145 if the commissioner vacates 
the designation before the sale or exchange in accordance with 
this subdivision.  The designation may be vacated only if the 
commissioner finds, after a public hearing, that the disposal of 
the land is in the public interest. 
    (b) A sale under this subdivision is subject to sections 
94.09 to 94.16.  An exchange under this subdivision is subject 
to sections 94.341 to 94.348. 
    (c) Revenue received from a sale authorized under paragraph 
(a) is appropriated to the commissioner for acquisition of 
replacement wildlife management lands. 
    (d) Land acquired by the commissioner under this 
subdivision must meet the criteria in section 86A.05, 
subdivision 8, and as soon as possible after the acquisition 
must be designated as a wildlife management area under section 
86A.07, subdivision 3, or 97A.145. 
    (e) In acquiring land under this subdivision, the 
commissioner must give priority to land within the same 
geographic region of the state as the land conveyed. 
     Sec. 18.  Laws 1992, chapter 502, section 4, is amended to 
read: 
    Sec. 4.  [PRIVATE SALE OF STATE LAND; WASHINGTON COUNTY.] 
    Notwithstanding the public sale provisions of Minnesota 
Statutes, sections 94.09 to 94.16 or any other law to the 
contrary, the commissioner of natural resources may sell land in 
Washington county described in this section by private sale to 
the purchaser.  The conveyance shall be in a form approved by 
the attorney general.  The consideration received for the 
conveyance shall be the market value of the land of $1,160,000 
as established by a state appraisal certified by the 
commissioner on January 27, 1992, plus an additional 18 percent 
of an amount equal to the market value less any environmental 
cleanup funds provided by the purchaser prior to the conveyance, 
as described in section 5.  The consideration and 18 percent 
additional payment shall be deposited in the state treasury and 
credited to the wildlife land acquisition account.  The basic 
purchase consideration is appropriated to the commissioner for 
acquisition of replacement wildlife management area lands in 
Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Scott, or Washington 
counties and for cleanup of contamination on wildlife management 
area lands adjacent to the land conveyed.  Of this 
appropriation, at least $560,000 must be used for acquisition of 
replacement wildlife management area lands.  The 18 percent 
additional payment is appropriated to the commissioner to cover 
the commissioner's professional service costs to acquire the 
replacement lands and the cost of appraisals for the state lands 
sold to the purchaser.  The commissioner shall return any 
portion of the 18 percent additional payment remaining after 
acquisition of replacement lands to the purchaser. 
    The land that may be sold is in the Bayport state wildlife 
management area and is described as follows:  
 All that part of Sections 10 and 15, in Township 29 North, 
Range 20 West, described as follows:  Commencing at the 
southeast corner of said Section 10; thence west along the 
south line of said Section 10 a distance of 270 feet to the 
point of beginning; thence north parallel with and 270 feet 
westerly from the east line of said Section 10 a distance 
of 1,296 feet; thence west a distance of 360 feet; thence 
north parallel with the east line of said Section 10 a 
distance of 740 feet; thence west 160 feet; thence north 
parallel with the east line of said Section 10 a distance 
of 580 feet; thence west 140 feet; thence north along the 
west line and the same extended southerly of Block 80, in 
South Stillwater, (Bayport), according to the recorded plat 
thereof in the office of the County Recorder for Washington 
county, 360 feet to the northwest corner of said Block 80; 
thence west on a continuation of the north line of said 
Block 80 a distance of 185 feet; thence south and parallel 
with the west line of Block 81 of said South Stillwater 
(Bayport) 100 feet; thence west and parallel with the north 
line of said Block 81 to the west line of said Block 81 a 
distance of 175 feet; thence north along the west line of 
said Block 81 to the northwest corner of said Block 81 a 
distance of 100 feet; thence west on a continuation of the 
north line of said Block 81 a distance of 30 feet to the 
west line of the Southeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter 
of said Section 10; thence north along said west line of 
the Southeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter to the south 
line of the North 900 feet of the Southwest Quarter of the 
Northeast Quarter of said Section 10; thence west along the 
south line of the North 900 feet of the Southwest Quarter 
of the Northeast Quarter of said Section 10 to the west 
line of the Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of 
said Section 10; thence north along said west line to the 
north line of the South 30 acres of the Southeast Quarter 
of the Northwest Quarter of said Section 10; thence West 
along the north line of the South 30 acres of the Southeast 
Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of said Section 10 to the 
Northwest corner of the South 30 acres of the Southeast 
Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of said section; thence 
south along the west line of the Southeast Quarter of the 
Northwest Quarter of said Section 10 to the center line of 
the Stillwater and Point Douglas Road (aka County State Aid 
Highway 21); thence southeasterly along said center line of 
said Stillwater and Point Douglas Road (aka County State 
Aid Highway 21) to a point on a line drawn parallel and 11 
chains and 92 links southerly from the north line of said 
Section 15; thence east parallel with the north line of the 
Northwest Quarter of said Section 15 to the west line of 
the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of said 
Section 15; thence east parallel with the north line of the 
Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of said Section 
15 a distance of 202.76 feet; thence north parallel with 
the west line of said Northwest Quarter of the Northeast 
Quarter to the south line of said Section 10; thence east 
along said south line to the point of beginning.  Excepting 
from the land within the above described boundaries, the 
right-of-way of the Chicago and North Western Railway 
across said parts of Sections 10 and 15.  And also all that 
part of the Southwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of 
Section 10, Township 29 North, Range 20 West, lying east of 
Stillwater and Point Douglas Road (aka County State Aid 
Highway 21), excepting that part thereof heretofore deeded 
by Frank L. Barrett and wife to John Zabel, by deed dated 
9th day of December, 1893, and recorded 16th day of 
December, 1893, in the office of the County Recorder for 
said Washington county, in Book 40 of Deeds, Page 133.  
Said lands containing 244.81 acres, more or less. 
    The commissioner may reserve to the state an easement 
across the above described property for ingress and egress to 
lands to be retained by the commissioner in Section 15, Township 
29 North, Range 20 West. 
    Sec. 19.  [SHORELAND LOT TRANSFER.] 
    (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Rules, part 6120.3300, 
subpart 2, item D, adopted under Minnesota Statutes 1992, 
sections 103F.201 to 103F.221, Otter Tail county may allow the 
sale or transfer, as a separate parcel, of a lot within 
shoreland, as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 103F.205, 
subdivision 4, that: 
    (1) is one of a group of two or more contiguous lots that 
have been under the same common ownership since February 4, 
1992; and 
    (2) does not meet the requirements of Minnesota Rules, part 
6120.3300, subpart 2, items A to E, and subparts 2a and 2b.  
    (b) Before a contiguous lot is sold under the authority 
granted in this section, the seller shall inform the buyer in 
writing of the extent to which the lot does not meet the 
requirements of Minnesota Rules, part 6120.3300, subpart 2, 
items A to E, and subparts 2a and 2b. 
    (c) This section is repealed effective July 1, 1994. 
    Sec. 20.  [REPORTS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [PRIVATE FOREST MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE 
PROGRAM.] The commissioner of natural resources shall track the 
financial effects of changes occurring in department policy on 
the private forest management assistance program.  The 
commissioner shall review any regional differences, and the cost 
and types of services provided by the division of forestry 
timber appraisers.  The commissioner shall report by February 
15, 1994, and February 15, 1995, to the house environment and 
natural resources finance committee and the senate environment 
and natural resources finance division.  
    Subd. 2.  [NATIVE PLANTINGS ON PUBLIC LANDS; REPORT.] The 
commissioner of natural resources shall, in cooperation with 
other state agencies and interested persons, propose a plan to 
increase the amount of native plantings on public lands.  The 
commissioner shall submit the plan to the environment and 
natural resources committees of the legislature by February 15, 
1994. 
    Sec. 21.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
    This act is effective the day following final enactment, 
except that sections 16 and 17 are effective August 1, 1993, and 
do not apply to purchase agreements executed before that date. 
    Presented to the governor May 15, 1993 
    Signed by the governor May 19, 1993, 10:37 a.m.