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                            CHAPTER 376-S.F.No. 2738 
                  An act relating to natural resources; providing for 
                  maintenance of leased property; modifying duties of 
                  the forest resources council; permitting aquatic plant 
                  grants; making certain state park permit exemptions; 
                  providing for federal law compliance; providing 
                  financing for management of chronic wasting disease; 
                  exempting certain appropriations from moratoriums and 
                  hiring freeze; requiring a study and report; modifying 
                  issuance of fishing licenses; modifying certain 
                  appropriations; appropriating money; amending 
                  Minnesota Statutes 2000, sections 84.153; 84.975, by 
                  adding a subdivision; 85.054, by adding a subdivision; 
                  89A.05, subdivision 1; 97A.055, by adding a 
                  subdivision; 97A.075, subdivision 1; 97A.485, by 
                  adding a subdivision; Minnesota Statutes 2001 
                  Supplement, section 89A.06, subdivision 2a; Laws 2001, 
                  First Special Session chapter 2, section 5, 
                  subdivisions 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11; proposing coding for 
                  new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 97A. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 84.153, is 
        amended to read: 
           84.153 [PROPERTY; LEASING, RENTING.] 
           (a) The commissioner is hereby authorized at public or 
        private vendue and at such prices and under such terms and 
        conditions as the commissioner may prescribe, to lease any 
        buildings or lands not now authorized to be leased, acquired in 
        the name of the state of Minnesota by any of the several 
        divisions of the department which are not presently needed for 
        the uses and purposes of any of the divisions of the 
        department.  The purposes for which such leases may be executed 
        shall be in the furtherance of the interests of conservation and 
        such uses shall not result in any permanent injury to the land.  
        No such lease shall be made for a term to exceed two years and 
        shall contain a provision for cancellation at any time by the 
        commissioner upon three months written notice.  All money 
        received from these leases shall be credited to the fund from 
        which the property was acquired, except an amount equal to the 
        cost of maintenance of the leased property shall be credited to 
        the fund charged with the cost of maintenance.  Money credited 
        for leased property maintenance is appropriated to the 
        commissioner for that purpose.  
           (b) The commissioner is hereby authorized to rent or lease 
        to employees of the various divisions of the department such 
        cabins, buildings, or living quarters as are now or may 
        hereafter be constructed upon state-owned lands under the 
        control of the several divisions of the department, when this 
        occupancy is found to be necessary or beneficial to the work of 
        the department.  These leases or rental agreements shall be upon 
        a month to month basis and provide for surrender by the lessee 
        upon demand at any time the lessee's services with the state may 
        be terminated, without the necessity of any written notice.  All 
        receipts from rents shall be paid in to the state treasurer and 
        credited to the fund charged with the cost of maintenance of 
        such buildings and are hereby appropriated for such use.  
           (c) All instruments and transactions so negotiated shall be 
        approved as to form, validity, and execution by the attorney 
        general.  
           (d) Hunting of wild game is prohibited on any land which 
        has been posted by the lessee to prohibit hunting.  Such 
        prohibition shall apply to all persons including the lessee.  
           Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 84.975, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 4.  [AQUATIC PLANT GRANTS.] The commissioner may make 
        grants for aquatic plant restoration projects, research, and 
        propagation. 
           Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 85.054, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 9.  [LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK.] A state park permit is 
        not required and a fee may not be charged for motor vehicle 
        entry to, use of roads to, or parking at the department of 
        natural resources regional headquarters portion of Lake Bemidji 
        state park. 
           Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 89A.05, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [DEVELOPMENT.] The council shall coordinate 
        the development of comprehensive timber harvesting and forest 
        management guidelines.  The guidelines must address the water, 
        air, soil, biotic, recreational, and aesthetic resources found 
        in forest ecosystems by focusing on those impacts commonly 
        associated with applying site-level forestry practices.  The 
        guidelines must reflect a range of practical and sound practices 
        based on the best available scientific information, and be 
        integrated to minimize conflicting recommendations while being 
        easy to understand and implement.  By June 30, 2003, the council 
        shall review and, if deemed necessary, update the guidelines and 
        identify potential revisions.  If deemed necessary, the council 
        shall update the guidelines by June 30, 2005.  Changes to the 
        guidelines shall be peer reviewed prior to final adoption by the 
        council.  By December 1999, the council must undertake a peer 
        review of the recommendations in the forest management 
        guidelines adopted in December 1998 for protecting forest 
        riparian areas and seasonal ponds. 
           Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 2001 Supplement, section 
        89A.06, subdivision 2a, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2a.  [REGIONAL FOREST COMMITTEE REPORTING.] The 
        council must report annually on the activities and progress made 
        by the regional forest committees established under subdivision 
        2, including the following: 
           (1) by December 1, 1999, the regional committee for the 
        council's northeast landscape will complete the identification 
        of draft desired future outcomes, key issues, and strategies for 
        the landscape; 
           (2) by July 1, 2000, the council will complete assessments 
        for the council's north central and southeast landscape regions; 
           (3) by July 1, 2001, the regional committees for the north 
        central and southeast landscapes will complete draft desired 
        future outcomes, key issues, and strategies for their respective 
        landscapes; and 
           (4) by June 30, 2002, all remaining landscape regions must 
        complete assessments and by June 30, 2003, desired future 
        outcomes and strategies for all remaining regions except the 
        northern, east central, metropolitan, and prairie regions.  By 
        June 30, 2004, the northern region must complete desired future 
        outcomes and strategies, and by June 30, 2005, the east central 
        region must complete desired future outcomes and strategies. 
           Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 97A.055, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 2a.  [FEDERAL AID DISPOSITION.] (a) Federal aid 
        reimbursements under the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration 
        Act, United States Code, title 16, sections 669 to 669i, shall 
        be deposited in the game and fish fund. 
           (b) Federal aid reimbursements under the Federal Aid in 
        Fish Restoration Act, United States Code, title 16, sections 777 
        to 777k, shall be deposited in the game and fish fund. 
           Sec. 7.  [97A.057] [FEDERAL LAW COMPLIANCE; RESTRICTION ON 
        LICENSE REVENUE.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL LAW.] The 
        commissioner shall take any action necessary to comply with the 
        Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, United States Code, 
        title 16, sections 669 to 669i, and the Federal Aid in Fish 
        Restoration Act, United States Code, title 16, sections 777 to 
        777k. 
           Subd. 2.  [RESTRICTION ON LICENSE REVENUE.] Money accruing 
        to the state from fees charged for hunting and angling licenses 
        shall not be used for any purpose other than game and fish 
        activities and related activities under the administration of 
        the commissioner. 
           Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 97A.075, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [DEER, BEAR, AND LIFETIME LICENSES.] (a) 
        For purposes of this subdivision, "deer license" means a license 
        issued under section 97A.475, subdivisions 2, clauses (4), (5), 
        and (9), and 3, clauses (2), (3), and (7), and licenses issued 
        under section 97B.301, subdivision 4.  
           (b) At least $2 from each annual deer license and $2 
        annually from the lifetime fish and wildlife trust fund, 
        established in section 97A.4742, for each license issued under 
        section 97A.473, subdivision 4, shall be used for deer habitat 
        improvement or deer management programs.  
           (c) At least $1 from each annual deer license and each bear 
        license and $1 annually from the lifetime fish and wildlife 
        trust fund, established in section 97A.4742, for each license 
        issued under section 97A.473, subdivision 4, shall be used for 
        deer and bear management programs, including a computerized 
        licensing system.  Fifty cents from each deer license is 
        appropriated for emergency deer feeding and management of 
        chronic wasting disease.  Money appropriated for emergency deer 
        feeding and management of chronic wasting disease is available 
        until expended.  When the unencumbered balance in the 
        appropriation for emergency deer feeding and chronic wasting 
        disease at the end of a fiscal year exceeds $1,500,000 for the 
        first time, $750,000 is canceled to the unappropriated balance 
        of the game and fish fund.  The commissioner must inform the 
        legislative chairs of the natural resources finance committees 
        every two years on how the money for chronic wasting disease has 
        been spent. 
           Thereafter, when the unencumbered balance in the 
        appropriation for emergency deer feeding exceeds $1,500,000 at 
        the end of a fiscal year, the unencumbered balance in excess of 
        $1,500,000 is canceled and available for deer and bear 
        management programs and computerized licensing. 
           [EFFECTIVE DATE.] This section is effective July 1, 2002. 
           Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 97A.485, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 13.  [ONE-DAY PAPER FISHING LICENSES.] The 
        commissioner must allow one-day paper fishing licenses to be 
        sold by fishing guides operating charter boats. 
           Sec. 10.  Laws 2001, First Special Session chapter 2, 
        section 5, subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
        Subd. 2.  Land and Mineral Resources Management
             7,079,000      7,273,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General               6,500,000     6,679,000
        Natural Resources       152,000       156,000
        Game and Fish           427,000       438,000
        $307,000 the first year and $308,000 
        the second year are for iron ore 
        cooperative research, of which $200,000 
        the first year and $200,000 the second 
        year are available only as matched by 
        $1 of nonstate money for each $1 of 
        state money.  The match may be cash or 
        in-kind.  Any unencumbered balance 
        remaining in the first year does not 
        cancel but is available for the second 
        year. 
        $370,000 the first year and $372,000 
        the second year are for mineral 
        diversification.  
        $100,000 the first year and $101,000 
        the second year are for minerals 
        cooperative environmental research, of 
        which $50,000 the first year and 
        $50,500 the second year are available 
        only as matched by $1 of nonstate money 
        for each $1 of state money.  The match 
        may be cash or in-kind.  Any 
        unencumbered balance remaining in the 
        first year does not cancel but is 
        available for the second year. 
           [EFFECTIVE DATE.] This section is effective the day 
        following final enactment. 
           Sec. 11.  Laws 2001, First Special Session chapter 2, 
        section 5, subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
        Subd. 5.  Parks and Recreation 
        Management 
            40,295,000     41,218,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General              23,452,000    24,023,000
        Natural Resources    16,843,000    17,195,000
        $638,000 the first year and $640,000 
        the second year are from the water 
        recreation account in the natural 
        resources fund for state park 
        development projects.  If the 
        appropriation in either year is 
        insufficient, the appropriation for the 
        other year is available for it. 
        $4,000,000 the first year and 
        $4,000,000 the second year are for 
        payment of a grant to the metropolitan 
        council for metropolitan area regional 
        parks maintenance and operations.  The 
        portion of this appropriation allocated 
        to the Minneapolis park and recreation 
        board includes money for the Bassett's 
        Creek trail to connect the Cedar Lake 
        trail and the Luce Line trail. 
        $247,000 the first year and $253,000 
        the second year are for state forest 
        campground operations. 
        $4,103,000 the first year and 
        $4,453,000 the second year are from the 
        natural resources fund for state park 
        and recreation area operations and 
        acquisition.  This appropriation is 
        from the revenue deposited to the 
        natural resources fund under Minnesota 
        Statutes, section 297A.94, paragraph 
        (e), clause (2).  Of this amount: 
        (1) $1,805,000 the first year and 
        $1,805,000 the second year are to 
        restore camping and day use in state 
        parks, make camping available in the 
        spring and fall, provide maintenance to 
        the facilities and security for park 
        visitors, and partially fund winter 
        operations; 
        (2) $280,000 the first year and 
        $290,000 the second year are to fund 
        state park emergency maintenance 
        projects; 
        (3) $413,000 the first year and 
        $413,000 the second year are to fund 
        state park resource management 
        activities; 
        (4) $185,000 the first year is to fund 
        the purchase of the campground 
        manager/point-of-sale system for 28 
        state parks; 
        (5) $100,000 the first year and 
        $100,000 the second year are to make 
        improvements to the state park Web site 
        and provide additional state park 
        informational brochures and more state 
        park maps; 
        (6) $50,000 the first year and $50,000 
        the second year are to replace 
        computers in the field and regional 
        office locations according to 
        department standards; 
        (7) $75,000 the first year is to 
        complete master plans for both Big Bog 
        and Red River state recreation areas; 
        (8) $600,000 $200,000 the second year 
        is for operating costs, including 
        fisheries management, of the Red River 
        state recreation area; 
        (9) $200,000 the first year 
        and $200,000 $100,000 the second year 
        are for operating costs of the Big Bog 
        state recreation area; and 
        (10) $995,000 the first year and 
        $995,000 the second year are is for 
        acquisition of in-holdings for state 
        parks and recreation areas; and 
        (11) $1,495,000 the second year is for 
        state park operations. 
        The appropriations in clauses (2) to 
        (10) (11) are one-time appropriations. 
        $4,130,000 the first year and 
        $5,130,000 the second year are from the 
        natural resources fund for a grant to 
        the metropolitan council for 
        metropolitan area regional parks and 
        trails maintenance and operations.  
        This appropriation is from the revenue 
        deposited to the natural resources fund 
        under Minnesota Statutes, section 
        297A.94, paragraph (e), clause 
        (3).  The appropriation in the first 
        year is available in the second year.  
        Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, 
        section 16A.28, amounts encumbered 
        under contract on or before June 30, 
        2003, are available until June 30, 2004.
        $1,000,000 the first year is from the 
        natural resources fund for a grant to 
        the city of St. Paul to restore East 
        Como Lake trail and lakeshore in Como 
        Park.  The money is available until 
        expended.  This appropriation is from 
        the revenue deposited to the natural 
        resources fund under Minnesota 
        Statutes, section 297A.94, paragraph 
        (e), clause (3). 
           [EFFECTIVE DATE.] This section is effective the day 
        following final enactment. 
           Sec. 12.  Laws 2001, First Special Session chapter 2, 
        section 5, subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
        Subd. 6.  Trails and Waterways 
        Management 
            19,263,000     19,616,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General               2,053,000     2,083,000
        Natural Resources    16,315,000    16,223,000
        Game and Fish           895,000     1,310,000
        $4,424,000 the first year and 
        $4,424,000 the second year are from the 
        snowmobile trails and enforcement 
        account in the natural resources fund 
        for snowmobile grants-in-aid.  
        $600,000 each year is dedicated to the 
        grant-in-aid system from the snowmobile 
        trails and enforcement account in the 
        natural resources fund made available 
        by the increase to one percent in the 
        unrefunded gas tax for snowmobile 
        activity. 
        Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, 
        section 16A.28, the appropriations 
        encumbered under contract on or before 
        June 30, 2003, for the snowmobile, 
        all-terrain vehicle, off-highway 
        vehicle, and off-road vehicle grants in 
        this subdivision are available until 
        June 30, 2004. 
        $259,000 the first year and $261,000 
        the second year are from the water 
        recreation account in the natural 
        resources fund for a safe harbor 
        program on Lake Superior. 
        $852,000 the first year and $852,000 
        the second year are from the natural 
        resources fund for state trail 
        operations.  This appropriation is from 
        the revenue deposited to the natural 
        resources fund under Minnesota 
        Statutes, section 297A.94, paragraph 
        (e), clause (2).  This is a one-time 
        appropriation.  
        $684,000 the first year and $684,000 
        the second year are from the natural 
        resources fund for trail grants to 
        local units of government on land to be 
        maintained for at least 20 years for 
        the purposes of the grant.  This 
        appropriation is from the revenue 
        deposited to the natural resources fund 
        under Minnesota Statutes, section 
        297A.94, paragraph (e), clause (4).  
        This is a one-time appropriation.  The 
        appropriation in the first year is 
        available in the second year.  
        Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, 
        section 16A.28, amounts encumbered 
        under contract on or before June 30, 
        2003, are available until June 3, 2004. 
        The appropriation from the general fund 
        of $1,400,000 authorized in Laws 1998, 
        chapter 404, section 7, subdivision 26, 
        for Skunk Hollow trail in Yellow 
        Medicine and Chippewa counties is 
        reappropriated for the purpose of 
        developing the Minnesota River trail 
        under Minnesota Statutes, section 
        85.015, subdivision 22. 
        $300,000 the first year and $300,000 
        the second year are from the water 
        recreation account in the natural 
        resources fund for preconstruction, 
        acquisition, and staffing needs for the 
        Mississippi Whitewater trail authorized 
        by Minnesota Statutes, section 
        85.0156.  This is a one-time 
        appropriation. 
        $150,000 the first year is from the 
        water recreation account in the natural 
        resources fund for necessary 
        improvements and repairs at the Knife 
        river harbor of refuge and marina.  
        This appropriation is available until 
        spent. 
        $100,000 the first year is from the 
        water recreation account in the natural 
        resources fund for an inventory of the 
        Red River of the North, to make 
        recommendations to the legislature on 
        the cost of improvements necessary for 
        the canoe and boating route on the 
        river, and for mapping and signing the 
        lower portion of the river from 
        Breckenridge to Georgetown.  
           [EFFECTIVE DATE.] This section is effective the day 
        following final enactment. 
           Sec. 13.  Laws 2001, First Special Session chapter 2, 
        section 5, subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
        Subd. 7.  Fish Management
            27,692,000 27,842,000     28,948,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General                 646,000       660,000
        Natural Resources       191,000       197,000
        Game and Fish        26,855,000 27,005,000   28,091,000
        $222,000 the first year and $227,000 
        the second year are for resource 
        population surveys in the 1837 treaty 
        area.  Of this amount, $84,000 the 
        first year and $85,000 the second year 
        are from the game and fish fund. 
        $303,000 the first year and $311,000 
        the second year are for the reinvest in 
        Minnesota programs of game and fish, 
        critical habitat, and wetlands 
        established under Minnesota Statutes, 
        section 84.95, subdivision 2.  
        $666,000 the first year and $671,000 
        the second year are from the trout and 
        salmon management account for only the 
        purposes specified in Minnesota 
        Statutes, section 97A.075, subdivision 
        3. 
        $205,000 the first year and $207,000 
        the second year are available for 
        aquatic plant restoration. 
        $150,000 the first year is appropriated 
        from the game and fish fund for 
        research work on Lake Mille Lacs.  This 
        is a one-time appropriation available 
        until June 30, 2003. 
        $4,735,000 the first year and 
        $5,451,000 the second year are from the 
        heritage enhancement account in the 
        game and fish fund for only the 
        purposes specified in Minnesota 
        Statutes, section 297A.94, paragraph 
        (e), clause (1).  This appropriation is 
        from the revenue deposited to the game 
        and fish fund under Minnesota Statutes, 
        section 297A.94, paragraph (e), clause 
        (1).  Of this amount: 
        (1) $1,980,000 the first year and 
        $1,980,000 the second year are to carry 
        out projects such as installing lake 
        aeration systems, removing access 
        barriers for physically disabled 
        anglers, building fishing piers, 
        modifying dams, constructing rough fish 
        barriers, conducting creel surveys, 
        improving streams, improving spawning 
        areas, repairing hatcheries and rearing 
        ponds, stabilizing lake shorelines, and 
        acquiring aquatic management areas and 
        trout stream easements; and to provide 
        field offices with some discretionary 
        money for local habitat improvements 
        and restorations in partnership with 
        local stakeholders and other department 
        units, for lake and stream surveys and 
        assessments, and for equipment to do 
        field projects; 
        (2) $250,000 the first year and 
        $250,000 the second year are to provide 
        more fishing opportunities for children 
        and other anglers on small lakes and 
        ponds in the Twin Cities metropolitan 
        area; 
        (3) $150,000 the first year and 
        $150,000 the second year are to protect 
        and restore aquatic vegetation and 
        other aquatic habitat in cooperation 
        with local stakeholders; 
        (4) $500,000 the first year and 
        $500,000 the second year are for asset 
        preservation and improvement of state 
        fish hatcheries and rearing ponds; 
        (5) $500,000 the first year and 
        $500,000 the second year are for 
        acquisitions of the division of 
        fisheries' highest priority 
        acquisitions; 
        (6) $150,000 the first year and 
        $150,000 the second year are to 
        maintain funding for three field 
        positions to do fish management 
        activities including fish culture and 
        stocking, lake and stream monitoring, 
        and habitat improvement; 
        (7) $553,000 the first year and 
        $553,000 the second year are for 
        accelerated walleye stocking; 
        (8) $134,000 the first year is for 
        restoration and aeration of Powderhorn 
        Lake in Minneapolis; 
        (9) $850,000 the second year is to make 
        grants loans from the stream protection 
        and improvement loan program under 
        Minnesota Statutes, section 103G.705; 
        and 
        (10) $518,000 the first year and 
        $518,000 the second year are available 
        for aquatic plant restoration. 
        The appropriations in clauses (1), 
        except for $950,000 each year, (2) to 
        (5), and (8) to (10) are one-time 
        appropriations. 
        The division of fisheries shall provide 
        a written report to the chairs of the 
        house and senate natural resources 
        policy and finance committees by 
        January 1, 2003, on how the accelerated 
        walleye stocking money was spent, 
        including, but not limited to, lakes 
        that were stocked and the amount of 
        fry, frylings, or fingerlings stocked. 
        Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, 
        section 16A.28, the appropriations 
        encumbered under contract on or before 
        June 30, 2003, for the aquatic 
        restoration grants in this subdivision 
        are available until until June 30, 2004.
           [EFFECTIVE DATE.] This section is effective the day 
        following final enactment. 
           Sec. 14.  Laws 2001, First Special Session chapter 2, 
        section 5, subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
        Subd. 8.  Wildlife Management 
            22,948,000     23,521,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General               1,636,000     1,655,000
        Game and Fish        21,312,000    21,866,000
        $106,000 the first year and $106,000 
        the second year are for resource 
        population surveys in the 1837 treaty 
        area.  Of this amount, $26,000 the 
        first year and $26,000 the second year 
        are from the game and fish fund. 
        $552,000 the first year and $565,000 
        the second year are for the reinvest in 
        Minnesota programs of game and fish, 
        critical habitat, and wetlands 
        established under Minnesota Statutes, 
        section 84.95, subdivision 2. 
        $1,419,000 the first year and 
        $1,430,000 the second year are from the 
        wildlife acquisition surcharge account 
        for only the purposes specified in 
        Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.071, 
        subdivision 2a. 
        $1,245,000 the first year and 
        $1,269,000 the second year are from the 
        deer habitat improvement account for 
        only the purposes specified in 
        Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.075, 
        subdivision 1, paragraph (b). 
        $147,000 the first year and $148,000 
        the second year are from the deer and 
        bear management account for only the 
        purposes specified in Minnesota 
        Statutes, section 97A.075, subdivision 
        1, paragraph (c). 
        $699,000 the first year and $708,000 
        the second year are from the waterfowl 
        habitat improvement account for only 
        the purposes specified in Minnesota 
        Statutes, section 97A.075, subdivision 
        2. 
        $546,000 the first year and $546,000 
        the second year are from the pheasant 
        habitat improvement account for only 
        the purposes specified in Minnesota 
        Statutes, section 97A.075, subdivision 
        4.  In addition to the purposes 
        specified in Minnesota Statutes, 
        section 97A.075, subdivision 4, this 
        appropriation may be used for pheasant 
        restocking efforts. 
        $308,000 the first year and $313,000 
        the second year are from the game and 
        fish fund for activities relating to 
        reduction and prevention of property 
        damage by wildlife.  $50,000 each year 
        is for emergency damage abatement 
        materials. 
        $8,000 the first year and $8,000 the 
        second year are from the game and fish 
        fund for the wild turkey management 
        program.  This amount shall be included 
        in the department's base to be 
        transferred to the wild turkey 
        management account and is appropriated 
        for purposes under Minnesota Statutes, 
        section 97A.075, subdivision 5. 
        $86,000 the first year and $87,000 the 
        second year are from the wild turkey 
        management account for only the 
        purposes specified in Minnesota 
        Statutes, section 97A.075, subdivision 
        5. 
        $3,060,000 the first year and 
        $3,265,000 the second year are from the 
        heritage enhancement account in the 
        game and fish fund for only the 
        purposes specified in Minnesota 
        Statutes, section 297A.94, paragraph 
        (e), clause (1).  This appropriation is 
        from the revenue deposited to the game 
        and fish fund under Minnesota Statutes, 
        section 297A.94, paragraph (e), clause 
        (1).  Of this amount: 
        (1) $250,000 the first year and 
        $250,000 the second year are for 
        prescribed burning of grassland, 
        wetland, and forest habitats; 
        (2) $250,000 the first year and 
        $225,000 the second year are for 
        prairie grassland development including 
        the restoration of native species of 
        grasses and forbs on public lands and 
        for the improvement of existing stands 
        through interseeding and other 
        practices to improve stand diversity; 
        (3) $200,000 the first year and 
        $200,000 the second year are for the 
        development of forest openings and to 
        enhance mast production, regenerate 
        stands, improve thermal cover in order 
        to maintain healthy sustainable forest 
        wildlife populations, and improve 
        wildlife-related recreational 
        opportunities in forest habitats; 
        (4) $300,000 the first year and 
        $225,000 the second year are for 
        restoration of drained wetland basins 
        and improvement of existing basins 
        through water level maintenance and 
        water control structures to maintain 
        and improve habitats for wetland 
        dependent wildlife; 
        (5) $300,000 the first year and 
        $300,000 the second year are for the 
        completion of applied management 
        research and monitoring projects for 
        wetlands and forest wildlife 
        populations; 
        (6) $95,000 the first year and $400,000 
        the second year are for the state of 
        Minnesota to assume management of the 
        wolf, including monitoring wolf 
        populations, conducting cooperative 
        wolf depredation management, conducting 
        telemetry, and other applied research 
        and includes funding for a cooperative 
        agreement for depredation management 
        with United States Department of 
        Agriculture Wildlife Services.  
        $305,000 the second year is only 
        available if the federal government 
        finalizes delisting the wolf from 
        protection under the Endangered Species 
        Act of 1973; 
        (7) $125,000 the first year and 
        $125,000 the second year are for the 
        shearing and burning of brushland 
        habitats to maintain and improve high 
        priority brushland ecosystems on public 
        and private lands across northern 
        Minnesota for sharp-tailed grouse, 
        moose, deer, and many other species 
        dependent on these areas; 
        (8) $1,000,000 the first year and 
        $1,000,000 the second year are for 
        development and rehabilitation of 
        wildlife management area lands and 
        includes boundary surveys and posting, 
        site cleanup and erosion control, 
        access development, grant 
        administration, and appropriate cover 
        establishment for wildlife habitat.  
        $945,000 the first year and $950,000 
        the second year are available for 
        grants to local outdoor sports clubs 
        for habitat improvement projects on 
        wildlife management area lands.  The 
        unencumbered balance in the first year 
        does not cancel but is available for 
        the second year; 
        (9) $35,000 the first year and $35,000 
        the second year are for waterfowl 
        development in Canada as authorized in 
        Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.127; 
        (10) $30,000 the first year and $30,000 
        the second year are to provide funds to 
        match private contributions for the 
        purpose of completing the capture, 
        relocation, and monitoring of prairie 
        chickens being reintroduced in west 
        central Minnesota; and 
        (11) $475,000 the first year and 
        $475,000 the second year are for 
        statewide technical assistance to 
        improve wildlife habitats on private 
        lands, including vegetation 
        establishment, management, and 
        stewardship planning, and other 
        wildlife habitat development and 
        management techniques. 
        The appropriations in clauses (1) to 
        (11) are one-time appropriations. 
        $13,000 the first year and $13,000 the 
        second year are to publicize the 
        critical habitat license plate match 
        program. 
        Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, 
        section 16A.28, the appropriations 
        encumbered under contract on or before 
        June 30, 2003, for the wildlife habitat 
        grants in this subdivision are 
        available until June 30, 2004. 
           [EFFECTIVE DATE.] This section is effective the day 
        following final enactment. 
           Sec. 15.  Laws 2001, First Special Session chapter 2, 
        section 5, subdivision 11, is amended to read: 
        Subd. 11.  Operations Support
            33,292,000     33,674,000
                      Summary by Fund
        General              20,528,000    20,656,000
        Natural Resources     4,405,000     4,490,000
        Game and Fish         8,359,000     8,528,000
        $413,000 the first year and $418,000 
        the second year are for technical 
        assistance and grants to assist local 
        government units and organizations in 
        the metropolitan area to acquire and 
        develop natural areas and greenways. 
        $556,000 the first year and $572,000 
        the second year are for the community 
        assistance program to provide for 
        technical assistance and regional 
        resource enhancement grants. 
        $2,538,000 the first year and 
        $2,595,000 the second year are for the 
        operations of the youth programs.  Of 
        these amounts, $478,000 the first year 
        and $491,000 the second year are from 
        the natural resources fund. 
        Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, 
        section 16A.28, the appropriations 
        encumbered under contract on or before 
        June 30, 2003, for the metro greenways, 
        Red River, and community assistance 
        program grants in this subdivision are 
        available until June 30, 2004. 
        The commissioner may contract with and 
        make grants to nonprofit agencies to 
        carry out the purposes, plans, and 
        programs of the office of youth 
        programs, Minnesota Conservation Corps. 
        $304,000 the first year and $304,000 
        the second year are from the natural 
        resources fund for grants to be divided 
        equally between the city of St. Paul 
        for the Como Zoo and Conservatory and 
        the city of Duluth Zoo.  This 
        appropriation is from the revenue 
        deposited to the natural resources fund 
        under Minnesota Statutes, section 
        297A.94, paragraph (e), clause (5).  
        This is a one-time appropriation.  The 
        appropriation in the first year is 
        available in the second year.  
        Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, 
        section 16A.28, amounts encumbered 
        under contract on or before June 30, 
        2003, are available until June 3, 2004. 
        $199,000 the first year is for grants 
        to Cook, Lake, and St. Louis counties 
        for emergency communications 
        equipment.  This appropriation is 
        available until spent.  Of this amount, 
        $106,000 is for a grant to Cook county 
        for a communications system upgrade and 
        development of radio paths along the 
        north shore of Lake Superior; $47,000 
        is for a grant to Lake county to 
        upgrade the existing communications 
        tower in the Two Harbors area; and 
        $46,000 is for a grant to St. Louis 
        county to enhance the emergency 
        alerting system by installing a 
        dispatching transmitter in the Crane 
        Lake area. 
           [EFFECTIVE DATE.] This section is effective the day 
        following final enactment. 
           Sec. 16.  [EXCEPTION TO REDUCTION IN CONTRACT EXPENDITURES, 
        MORATORIUM ON CONSULTANT CONTRACTS, AND HIRING FREEZE.] 
           Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, Laws 2002, chapter 
        220, article 10, sections 36, 37, and 38 do not apply to money 
        appropriated from the Minnesota environment and natural 
        resources trust fund or the Minnesota future resources fund. 
           Sec. 17.  [AQUATIC FARMING LICENSE STUDY.] 
           The commissioner of natural resources must review the 
        leasing of lakes by private aquaculture licensees and assess: 
           (1) the number of waters of the state that are licensed 
        aquatic farms or private fish hatcheries and subject to one 
        individual; 
           (2) what the proper length of time is for an aquatic farm 
        or private fish hatchery license; 
           (3) fee structure for private aquaculture licenses; 
           (4) whether there should be a competitive process for 
        licensing ponds for rearing brood fish; 
           (5) when landowners around the licensed water should be 
        notified for comment prior to any private aquaculture license 
        being granted; 
           (6) in which cases waters licensed for private aquaculture 
        should require lease agreements by all landowners surrounding 
        the lake before licensing; and 
           (7) what information landowners should be given before 
        licensing about potential changes in the ecosystem of the lake. 
           The commissioner must report on this review to the house 
        and senate chairs of the environment and natural resources 
        committees by January 15, 2003. 
           Presented to the governor May 16, 2002 
           Signed by the governor May 20, 2002, 10:14 a.m.