CHAPTER 217--S.F.No. 2449
relating to natural resources; modifying disposition of certain land and revenue; adding to and deleting from state forests and recreation areas; authorizing public and private sales and exchanges of certain state lands; merging certain state parks; authorizing the purchase of a dam;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 89.022; 459.06, subdivision 1; 477A.17; Minnesota Statutes 2013 Supplement, section 85.012, subdivision 38a; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 85.012, subdivision 53a.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Lake Vermilion State Park, St. Louis County.
89.022 DISPOSAL OF TILLABLE LAND IN MEMORIAL HARDWOOD FOREST.
Exchange or sale required.
If any parcel acquired for the Memorial Hardwood Forest after July 1, 1977 contains more than ten contiguous acres of tillable land adjacent to other tillable land or to a maintained public road or a farm homestead consisting of a residence and farm buildings abutting a maintained public road, the commissioner of natural resources shall either exchange the land for other land suitable for forest purposes or declare the land as surplus land to the commissioner of administration. The commissioner of administration shall offer the land for sale in the manner provided by law not less than six months after acquisition by the state and once thereafter in each of the next two years. Tillable land is land classified as class 1, 2, or 3 as defined by the United States Soil Conservation Service. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary neither the state nor any of its subdivisions shall be required to construct or maintain any street, highway or other road to provide access to any parcel of land sold or exchanged pursuant to this section. The commissioner of natural resources may retain easements over parcels sold or exchanged pursuant to this section as are required for purposes of providing access to public waters or forest lands or access to insure stream bank stabilization and protection.
The commissioner of natural resources may apply to the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources for an exemption from the exchange or sale requirements of subdivision 1 in instances where it can be demonstrated that unique recreational, historical or scientific values would be destroyed by the exchange or sale of tillable land or a farm homestead. Exemptions shall be decided by the commission on an individual basis. If the application for exemption is not decided by the commission within 90 days, the application shall be deemed to have been denied.
Money collected pursuant to section 89.022 shall be deposited in the general fund.
Any county, city, or town may by resolution of its governing body accept donations of land that the governing body deems to be better adapted for the production of timber and wood than for any other purpose, for a forest, and may manage it on forestry principles. The donor of not less than 100 acres of any such land shall be entitled to have the land perpetually bear the donor's name. The governing body of any city or town, when funds are available or have been levied therefor, may, when authorized by a majority vote by ballot of the voters voting at any general or special city election or town meeting where the question is properly submitted, purchase or obtain by condemnation proceedings, and preferably at the sources of streams, any tract of land for a forest which is better adapted for the production of timber and wood than for any other purpose, and which is conveniently located for the purpose, and manage it on forestry principles. The selection of the lands and the plan of management must be approved by the director of lands and forestry. The city or town may annually levy a tax on all taxable property within its boundaries to procure and maintain such forests.
477A.17 LAKE VERMILION STATE PARK AND SOUDAN UNDERGROUND MINE STATE PARK; ANNUAL PAYMENTS.
(a) Beginning in fiscal year 2012, In lieu of the payment amount provided under section 477A.12, subdivision 1, clause (1), the county shall receive an annual payment for land acquired for Lake Vermilion State Park, established in section 85.012, subdivision 38a, and land within the boundary of Soudan Underground Mine State Park, established in section 85.012, subdivision 53a, equal to 1.5 percent of the appraised value of the land.
(b) For the purposes of this section, the appraised value of the land acquired for Lake Vermilion State Park for the first five years after acquisition shall be the purchase price of the land, plus the value of any portion of the land that is acquired by donation. The appraised value must be redetermined by the county assessor every five years after the land is acquired.
(c) The annual payments under this section shall be distributed to the taxing jurisdictions containing the property as follows: one-third to the school districts; one-third to the town; and one-third to the county. The payment to school districts is not a county apportionment under section 127A.34 and is not subject to aid recapture. Each of those taxing jurisdictions may use the payments for their general purposes.
(d) Except as provided in this section, the payments shall be made as provided in sections 477A.11 to 477A.13.
Presented to the governor May 7, 2014
Signed by the governor May 9, 2014, 10:28 a.m.