89.53 Control of forest pests.
Subdivision 1. Commissioner's duties; notice of control measures. Whenever the commissioner finds that an area in the state is infested or threatened to be infested with forest pests, the commissioner shall determine whether measures of control are needed and are available and the area over which the control measures shall be applied. The commissioner shall prescribe a proposed zone of infestation covering the area in which control measures are to be applied and shall publish notice of the proposal once a week, for two successive weeks in a newspaper having a general circulation in each county located in whole or in part in the proposed zone of infestation. Prescribing zones of infestation is exempt from the rulemaking provisions of chapter 14 and section 14.386 does not apply.
Subd. 2. Notice requirements; public comment. The notice shall include a description of the boundaries of the proposed zone of infestation and a time and place where owners of forest lands in the zone may show cause orally or in writing why the zone should or should not be established. The commissioner shall consider any statements received in determining whether the zone shall be established.