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88.79 State forest service to private owners.

Subdivision 1. Employment of competent foresters; service to private owners. The commissioner of natural resources may employ competent foresters to furnish owners of forest lands within the state of Minnesota owning respectively not exceeding 1,000 acres of such land, forest management services consisting of advice in management and protection of timber, selection and marking of timber to be cut, measurement of products, aid in marketing harvested products, and such other services as the commissioner of natural resources deems necessary or advisable to promote maximum sustained yield of timber upon such forest lands.

Subd. 2. Charge for service; receipts to special revenue fund. The commissioner of natural resources may charge the owner receiving such services such sums as the commissioner shall determine to be fair and reasonable. The charges must account for differences in the value of timber. The receipts from such services shall be credited to the special revenue fund and are annually appropriated to the commissioner for the purposes specified in subdivision 1.

Subd. 3. Cost-sharing of conservation practices. The commissioner of natural resources may provide cost-sharing of conservation practices to nonindustrial owners of less than 5,000 acres of private land within this state, provided that the landowners successfully complete conservation practices approved by the commissioner. The cost shared by the commissioner may not exceed 75 percent of the actual cost of the conservation practice.

Subd. 4. Rulemaking exemption. The charge for forest management services and cost-sharing conservation practices under this section are not subject to the rulemaking provisions of chapter 14 and section 14.386 does not apply.

HIST: 1947 c 580 s 1; 1969 c 399 s 1; 1969 c 1129 art 10 s 2; 1987 c 226 s 1; 1989 c 335 art 4 s 106; 1993 c 172 s 42; 1997 c 216 s 70; 2004 c 221 s 27

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