Subdivision 1. Terms. For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms have the meanings given them.
Subd. 2. Aquatic macrophyte. "Aquatic macrophyte" means a macroscopic nonwoody plant, either a submerged, floating leafed, floating, or emergent plant that naturally grows in water.
Subd. 3. Commissioner. "Commissioner" means the commissioner of the department of natural resources.
Subd. 4. Department. "Department" means the department of natural resources.
Subd. 5. Exotic species. "Exotic species" means a wild animal species or aquatic plant species that is not a native species.
Subd. 6. Eurasian water milfoil. "Eurasian water milfoil" means Myriophyllum spicatum.
Subd. 7. Harmful exotic species. "Harmful exotic species" means an exotic species that can naturalize and either:
(1) causes or may cause displacement of, or otherwise threaten, native species in their natural communities; or
(2) threatens or may threaten natural resources or their use in the state.
Subd. 9. Introduction. "Introduction" means the release or escape of an exotic species into a free-living state.
Subd. 10. Repealed, 1999 c 92 s 11
Subd. 11. Native species. "Native species" means an animal or plant species naturally present and reproducing within this state or that naturally expands from its historic range into this state.
Subd. 12. Naturalize. "Naturalize" means to establish a self-sustaining population of exotic species in the wild outside of its natural range.
Subd. 13. Prohibited exotic species. "Prohibited exotic species" means a harmful exotic species that has been designated as a prohibited exotic species in a rule adopted by the commissioner under section 84D.12.
Subd. 14. Purple loosestrife. "Purple loosestrife" means Lythrum salicaria, Lythrum virgatum, or combinations thereof.
Subd. 15. Regulated exotic species. "Regulated exotic species" means a harmful exotic species that has been designated as a regulated exotic species in a rule adopted by the commissioner under section 84D.12.
Subd. 16. Transport. "Transport" means to cause or attempt to cause a species to be carried or moved into or within the state, and includes accepting or receiving the species for transportation or shipment. Transport does not include the unintentional transport of a species within a water of the state or to a connected water of the state where the species being transported is already present.
Subd. 17. Unlisted exotic species. "Unlisted exotic species" means an exotic species that has not been designated as a prohibited exotic species, a regulated exotic species, or an unregulated exotic species in a rule adopted by the commissioner under section 84D.12.
Subd. 18. Unregulated exotic species. "Unregulated exotic species" means an exotic species that has been designated as an unregulated exotic species in a rule adopted by the commissioner under section 84D.12.
Subd. 19. Watercraft. "Watercraft" means a contrivance used or designed for navigation on water and includes seaplanes.
Subd. 20. Waters of the state. "Waters of the state" has the meaning given in section 97A.015, subdivision 54.
Subd. 21. Wild animal. "Wild animal" means a living creature, not human, wild by nature, endowed with sensation and power of voluntary motion.
Subd. 22. Zebra mussel. "Zebra mussel" means a species of the genus Dreissena.