Subdivision 1. Applicability. For the purposes of sections 89.51 to 89.61 the terms described in this section have the meanings ascribed to them.
Subd. 2. Person. Person, shall include any individual, firm, partnership, corporation, public or private, association or any other business entity whether or not incorporated.
Subd. 3. Commissioner. Commissioner, shall mean the commissioner of natural resources.
Subd. 4. Director, Division of Lands and Forestry. Director, Division of Lands and Forestry shall include Department of Natural Resources and Department of Agriculture personnel deputized by the director, Division of Lands and Forestry.
Subd. 5. Control. Control, includes prevent, retard, suppress, eradicate or destroy.
Subd. 6. Infestation. Infestation, includes actual, potential, incipient or emergency infestation or infection by forest pests.
Subd. 7. Cooperators. Cooperators, shall include state, federal, county, municipal and private governmental and business organizations and their legal representatives.
Subd. 8. Forest pest. Forest pest, means any vertebrate or invertebrate animal or plant pathogen which is determined by the commissioner to be harmful, injurious or destructive to forests or timber.
Subd. 9. Forest land or forest. Forest land or forest, means land on which occurs a stand or potential stand of trees valuable for timber products, watershed or wildlife protection, recreational uses or other purposes, and shall include lands owned or controlled by the state of Minnesota.
Subd. 10. Timber. Timber, includes forest trees standing or down, alive or dead.