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CHAPTER 84A. LANDS DEDICATED FOR CONSERVATION

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RED LAKE GAME PRESERVE

84A.01RED LAKE GAME PRESERVE.
84A.02DEPARTMENT TO MANAGE PRESERVE.
84A.03RED LAKE GAME PRESERVE FUND.
84A.04COUNTY AUDITOR TO MAKE LIST OF LANDS.
84A.05Repealed, 1949 c 498 s 8
84A.06Repealed, 1949 c 498 s 8
84A.07PRESERVE LANDS TO BE HELD BY STATE.
84A.08PRESERVE LANDS CLASSIFIED.
84A.09GIFTS RECEIVED.
84A.10EMINENT DOMAIN.
84A.101RULE VIOLATION; MISDEMEANOR.
84A.11WHEN BONDS PAID IN PART BY COUNTIES.

REFORESTATION AREAS AND PROJECTS, 1931

84A.20COUNTY ACTION TO SET OFF AREAS.
84A.21DEPARTMENT TO MANAGE PROJECTS.
84A.22DISPOSAL OF PROCEEDS.
84A.23COUNTY AUDITOR TO CERTIFY TAX-DELINQUENT LANDS.
84A.24Repealed, 1949 c 498 s 8
84A.25Repealed, 1949 c 498 s 8
84A.26PROJECT LANDS TO BE HELD BY STATE.
84A.27PROJECT LANDS CLASSIFIED.
84A.28DEPARTMENT TO ACCEPT GIFTS.
84A.29EMINENT DOMAIN.
84A.30RULES VIOLATION A MISDEMEANOR.

REFORESTATION AREAS AND PROJECTS, 1933

84A.31STATE REFORESTATION PROJECTS.
84A.32DEPARTMENT TO MANAGE PROJECTS.
84A.33COUNTY AUDITORS TO CERTIFY TAX-DELINQUENT LANDS.
84A.34Repealed, 1949 c 498 s 8
84A.35Repealed, 1949 c 498 s 8
84A.36LANDS TO BE HELD BY STATE.
84A.37COMMISSIONER OF FINANCE TO CERTIFY LIST TO DEPARTMENT.
84A.38DEPARTMENT TO ACCEPT GIFTS.
84A.39EMINENT DOMAIN.
84A.40COUNTY MAY ASSUME BONDS.
84A.41DEFINITIONS.
84A.42RULES VIOLATION A MISDEMEANOR.

FINANCES

84A.50CERTAIN CERTIFICATES ACCEPTED AND VALIDATED.
84A.51CONSOLIDATED CONSERVATION AREAS ACCOUNT.
84A.52ACCOUNTS; EXAMINATION, APPROPRIATION, PAYMENT.
84A.53RECEIPTS NOT CREDITED TO CONSOLIDATED ACCOUNT.
84A.54COLLECTIONS DEPOSITED IN CONSOLIDATED ACCOUNT.

ADMINISTRATION

84A.55COMMISSIONER'S CONTROL OF CONSERVATION LANDS.
84A.56CONSOLIDATED CONSERVATION LAND ACQUISITION AND DISPOSITION.
84A.57CERTAIN TAX-FORFEITED LAND HELD IN TRUST FOR COUNTY.

RED LAKE GAME PRESERVE

84A.01 RED LAKE GAME PRESERVE.
There is created a state wildlife preserve and hunting ground to be known as the Red Lake
Game Preserve. It is created for the purpose of vesting and revesting the state with title to lands in
the area that are suitable primarily for state use and development for the purpose of preserving,
protecting, propagating, and breeding wildlife of all suitable kinds, including all species of game
and fish and fur-bearing animals and birds of rare and useful species, and for the development of
forests and prevention of forest fires, and the preservation and development of rare and distinctive
plant species native in the area. It includes all lands and waters in Lake of the Woods County
lying south of Rainy River, and south of Lake of the Woods, and all full and fractional townships
in Beltrami County lying north of the north line of Township 151, excluding the lands and waters
within Red Lake Indian Reservation. It also includes the part of Koochiching County lying
west and northwesterly of the following line:
Beginning at a point where the range line between Ranges 26 and 27 west of the fifth
principal meridian intersects the southerly bank of Rainy River; thence south on this range line
to the point formed by the intersection of this range line with the easterly boundary line of the
original Red Lake Indian Reservation; thence southwesterly along the easterly boundary line of
the original Red Lake Indian Reservation to a point formed by the intersection of the boundary
line with the range line between Ranges 29 and 30 west of the fifth principal meridian.
History: (5620-1) 1929 c 258 s 1; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1
84A.02 DEPARTMENT TO MANAGE PRESERVE.
(a) The Department of Natural Resources shall manage and control the Red Lake Game
Preserve. The department may adopt and enforce rules for the care, preservation, protection,
breeding, propagation, and disposition of all species of wildlife in the preserve. The department
may adopt and enforce rules for the regulation, issuance, sale, and revocation of special licenses
or special permits for hunting, fishing, camping, and other uses of this area, consistent with
sections 84A.01 to 84A.11. The department may by rule set the terms, conditions, and charges for
these licenses and permits.
(b) The rules may specify and control the terms under which wildlife may be taken,
captured, or killed in the preserve, and under which fur-bearing animals, or animals and fish
otherwise having commercial value, may be taken, captured, trapped, killed, sold, and removed
from it. These rules may also provide for (1) the afforestation and reforestation of state lands
in the preserve, (2) the sale of merchantable timber from these lands when, in the opinion of
the department, it can be sold and removed without damage or injury to the further use and
development of the land for wildlife and game in the preserve, and (3) the purposes for which the
preserve is established by sections 84A.01 to 84A.11.
(c) The department may provide for the policing of the preserve as necessary for its proper
development and use for the purposes specified. The commissioner of natural resources may
employ and designate individuals according to section 84.0835 to enforce laws governing the
use of the preserve.
(d) The department shall also adopt and enforce rules concerning the burning of grass,
timber slashings, and other flammable matter, and the clearing, development, and use of lands
in the preserve as necessary to prevent forest fires and grass fires that would injure the use and
development of this area for wildlife preservation and propagation and to protect its forest and
wooded areas.
(e) Lands within the preserve are subject to the rules, whether owned by the state or
privately, consistent with the rights of the private owners and with applicable state law. The rules
may establish areas and zones within the preserve where hunting, fishing, trapping, or camping is
prohibited or specially regulated, to protect and propagate particular wildlife in the preserve.
(f) Rules adopted under sections 84A.01 to 84A.11 must be posted on the boundaries of the
preserve.
History: (5620-2) 1929 c 258 s 2; 1961 c 560 s 9; 1985 c 248 s 70; 1986 c 386 art 4 s 16;
1987 c 229 art 1 s 1; 1991 c 259 s 8; 2003 c 128 art 1 s 36; 2004 c 260 s 4
84A.03 RED LAKE GAME PRESERVE FUND.
The Red Lake Game Preserve fund is created. The following funds must be paid into the
state treasury and credited to the fund and are annually appropriated for the purposes of sections
84A.01 to 84A.11:
(1) the proceeds of certificates of indebtedness issued under sections 84A.01 to 84A.11;
(2) money received from redemption, as provided in those sections;
(3) money received as gifts to the state for the care, preservation, improvement, and
maintenance of the preserve;
(4) income from the operation, development, management, and use of the preserve, including
fees for licenses and permits;
(5) income from the sale of birds, animals, fish, and plants from the preserve, and from the
sale of lands and timber owned by the state within the area, other than university, school, and
swamp lands, state forest lands set apart under the Minnesota Constitution, article XI, section 11,
and state lands acquired under the system of rural credit; and
(6) state money transferred to the preserve under state law.
History: (5620-3) 1929 c 258 s 3; 1965 c 51 s 10; 1976 c 2 s 172; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1
84A.04 COUNTY AUDITOR TO MAKE LIST OF LANDS.
    Subdivision 1. 1929 report. The auditor of each county containing a portion of the preserve
shall certify to the commissioner of natural resources a list of the lands within the boundaries of
the preserve, except lands within the boundaries of an incorporated city, that have been bid in for
the state at the delinquent tax sale held in 1928 for the nonpayment of taxes or special drainage
assessments and not redeemed or assigned to an actual purchaser. The certificate must contain:
(1) the legal description of each parcel of lands;
(2) the amount of principal and interest of delinquent drainage assessments, if any, or
assessment installments for all years before the date of the report, against each parcel of land; and
(3) the amount of drainage assessments assessed against each parcel of land that have been
or are to be extended on the county tax rolls for collection with the taxes for 1927 and later years.
    Subd. 2. Annual reports. On or before June 15 of each year after the report, the county
auditor shall certify to the commissioner of natural resources a supplemental report giving the
information contained in the original report covering the lands within the preserve bid in for the
state at the annual tax sale of that year and not included in the previous report.
    Subd. 3. Reports of land redemptions. When redemption is made of any parcel of land
within the preserve that has been bid in for the state at any tax sale for taxes levied before April
19, 1929, or when the tax liens on the land are assigned to an actual purchaser, the county auditor
shall report the fact to the commissioner of natural resources, and the county treasurer shall send
the proceeds of redemption to the commissioner of finance.
    Subd. 4. Drainage ditch bonds; reports. (a) After each distribution of the tax collections on
the June and November tax settlements, the county auditor shall certify to the commissioner of
natural resources the following information relating to bonds issued to finance or refinance public
drainage ditches wholly or partly within the preserve and the collection of assessments levied
on account of the ditches:
(1) the amount of principal and interest to become due on the bonds before the next tax
settlement and distribution;
(2) the amount of money collected from the drainage assessments and credited to the funds
of these ditches; and
(3) the amount of the deficit in the ditch fund of the county chargeable to the ditches.
(b) On approving this certificate, the commissioner of natural resources shall draw a warrant
or warrants on the commissioner of finance, payable out of the Red Lake Game Preserve fund, for
the amount of the deficit in favor of the county.
(c) As to public drainage ditches wholly within the preserve, the amount paid to or for the
benefit of the county under paragraph (b) must never exceed the principal and interest of the
bonds issued to finance and refinance the ditches outstanding after April 19, 1929, less money on
hand in the county ditch fund to the credit of the ditches. The liability shall be reduced, from time
to time, by the amount of all payments of assessments extended after April 19, 1929, made by the
owners of lands assessed before that date for benefits on account of the ditches.
(d) As to public drainage ditches partly within and partly outside the preserve, the amount
paid to or for the benefit of the county must never exceed a certain percentage of bonds issued to
finance and refinance the ditches so outstanding, less money on hand in the county ditch fund to
the credit of the ditches after April 19, 1929. This percentage must bear the same proportion to
the whole amount of the bonds as the original benefits assessed against lands within the preserve
bear to the original total benefits assessed to the entire system of ditches. The liability shall be
reduced, from time to time, by the payments of all assessments extended after April 19, 1929,
made by the owners of lands in the preserve, of assessments for benefits assessed before April
19, 1929, on account of the ditch.
(e) The commissioner of natural resources may provide and prescribe the forms for reports
required by sections 84A.01 to 84A.11 and require any additional information from county
officials that the commissioner of finance finds necessary for the proper administration of sections
84A.01 to 84A.11.
History: (5620-4) 1929 c 258 s 4; 1973 c 123 art 5 s 7; 1973 c 492 s 14; 1976 c 231 s 21;
1986 c 444; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1; 2003 c 112 art 2 s 50
84A.05 [Repealed, 1949 c 498 s 8]
84A.06 [Repealed, 1949 c 498 s 8]
84A.07 PRESERVE LANDS TO BE HELD BY STATE.
The title to parcels of land within the preserve, except lands within the boundaries of any
incorporated city, that are acquired by the state under Laws 1927, chapter 119, as amended, is
held by the state, free from the trust in favor of the taxing districts specified in that chapter. Title
must be held and used, or disposed of, in accordance with sections 84A.01 to 84A.11.
History: (5620-7) 1929 c 258 s 7; 1973 c 123 art 5 s 7; 1976 c 2 s 45; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1
84A.08 PRESERVE LANDS CLASSIFIED.
On receiving the reports of a county auditor specified in section 84A.04, the commissioner
of natural resources shall certify a copy of the report to the department. The department shall
classify the lands as to their suitability for agriculture, afforestation or reforestation, or ownership
and use by the state for preserving, propagating, breeding, and hunting of wildlife of the kinds
specified in section 84A.01. After the state acquires title to the lands they may be reclassified.
Lands that become the absolute property of the state under sections 84A.01 to 84A.11 and have
been classified as suitable for agriculture, and timber from any lands so acquired, may be sold by
the state.
History: (5620-8) 1929 c 258 s 8; 1973 c 492 s 14; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1;
1987 c 384 art 1 s 4
84A.09 GIFTS RECEIVED.
The department may receive for the state and acknowledge any gifts, bequests, devises, or
grants of land or interests in lands in the preserve, or of money or personal property of any
kind, that it considers suitable for use in connection with the operation, control, development, or
use of the preserve.
History: (5620-9) 1929 c 258 s 9; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1
84A.10 EMINENT DOMAIN.
The department has the power of eminent domain in chapter 117. The department may
acquire, by eminent domain or by purchase, lands or interests in lands in the preserve that the
department considers necessary for state ownership, use, or development for the purposes of
sections 84A.01 to 84A.11. No money shall be used to acquire the lands or interests until the
department determines that the money will not be required to meet the requisitions of the counties
authorized under section 84A.04, or for payment of certificates of indebtedness and their interest.
History: (5620-10) 1929 c 258 s 10; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1; 2006 c 214 s 20
84A.101 RULE VIOLATION; MISDEMEANOR.
Any person who, within the limits of the preserve, willfully violates a rule of the department,
is guilty of a misdemeanor.
History: 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1
84A.11 WHEN BONDS PAID IN PART BY COUNTIES.
A county containing a portion of the preserve may voluntarily assume, in the manner
specified in this section, the obligation to pay a portion of the principal and interest of the bonds
issued before April 19, 1929, and remaining unpaid at maturity, of any school district or town in
the county and wholly or partly within the preserve. The portion must bear the same proportion
to the whole of the unpaid principal and interest as the 1928 assessed valuation of lands then
acquired by the state under sections 84A.01 to 84A.11 in that school district or town bears to the
total 1928 assessed valuation of the school district or town.
This assumption must be evidenced by a resolution of the county board. A copy of the
resolution must be certified to the commissioner of finance within one year after the passage of
sections 84A.01 to 84A.11.
After that time, if any bonds remain unpaid at maturity, the county board shall, upon demand
of the governing body of the school district or town or of a bondholder, provide for the payment
of the portion assumed. The county board shall levy general taxes on all the taxable property of
the county for that purpose, or shall issue its bonds to raise the sum needed conforming to law
respecting the issuance of county refunding bonds. The proceeds of these taxes or bonds must be
paid by the county treasurer to the treasurers of the respective school districts or towns.
If a county fails to adopt and certify this resolution, the commissioner of finance shall
withhold from the payments to be made to the county, under section 84A.04, a sum equal to that
portion of the principal and interest of these outstanding bonds that bears the same proportion
to the whole principal and interest as the 1928 assessed valuation of lands acquired by the state
within the preserve bears to the total 1928 assessed valuation of the school district or town. The
money withheld must be set aside in the state treasury and not paid to the county until the full
principal and interest of these school district and town bonds is paid.
If any bonds remain unpaid at maturity, upon the demand of the governing body of the
school district or town, or a bondholder, the commissioner of finance shall issue to the treasurer
of the school district or town a warrant for that portion of the past due principal and interest
computed as in the case of the county liability authorized to be voluntarily assumed. Money
received by a school district or town under this section must be applied to the payment of these
past due bonds and interest.
History: (5620-11, 5620-12) 1929 c 258 s 11,12; 1969 c 1129 art 10 s 2; 1973 c 492 s 14;
1985 c 248 s 70; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1; 2003 c 112 art 2 s 9

REFORESTATION AREAS AND PROJECTS, 1931

84A.20 COUNTY ACTION TO SET OFF AREAS.
    Subdivision 1. Purposes. The powers in this section are granted for the purpose of:
(1) vesting and revesting the state with title to lands suitable primarily for the development
of forests and the prevention of forest fires, and for experimenting in and practically advancing
afforestation and reforestation;
(2) impounding, controlling, and regulating the waters of meandered lakes and the flow of
natural streams in the state; or
(3) other state purposes.
    Subd. 2. County proposal to state. Under certain conditions, the board of county
commissioners of any county may by resolution propose to the state that one or more areas in
the county be taken over by the state for afforestation, reforestation, flood control projects, or
other state purposes. The projects are to be managed, controlled, and used for the purposes in
subdivision 1 on lands to be acquired by the state within the projects, as set forth in sections
84A.20 to 84A.30. The county board may propose this if (1) the county contains lands suitable
for the purposes in subdivision 1, (2) on January 1, 1931, the taxes on more than 35 percent of
the taxable land in the county are delinquent, (3) on January 1, 1931, the county's bonded ditch
indebtedness, including accrued interest, equals or exceeds nine percent of the assessed valuation
of the county, exclusive of money and credits.
The area taken over must include lands that have been assessed for all or part of the cost of
the establishment and construction of public drainage ditches under state law, and on which the
assessments or installments are delinquent. A certified copy of the county board's resolution must
be filed with the department and considered and acted upon by the department. If approved by the
department, it must then be submitted to, considered, and acted upon by the executive council. If
approved by the Executive Council, the proposition must be formally accepted by the governor.
Acceptance must be communicated in writing to and filed with the county auditor.
    Subd. 3. Definitions. State lands that have been sold as provided by law and for which
certificates of sale have been issued are taxable lands within the meaning of this section. If the
taxes against the lands or the interest of the purchaser in them are delinquent, they are delinquent
within the meaning of subdivision 2 until the title of the certificate holder has been terminated by
the commissioner in accordance with section 92.16.
History: (6452-1) 1931 c 407 s 1; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1
84A.21 DEPARTMENT TO MANAGE PROJECTS.
(a) The department shall manage and control each project approved and accepted under
section 84A.20. The department may adopt and enforce rules for the purposes in section 84A.20,
subdivision 1
, for the prevention of forest fires in the projects, and for the sale of merchantable
timber from lands so acquired by the state when, in the opinion of the department, the timber may
be sold and removed without damage to the project.
(b) These rules may relate to the care, preservation, protection, breeding, propagation,
and disposition of any species of wildlife in the project and the regulation, issuance, sale, and
revocation of special licenses or special permits for hunting, fishing, camping, and other uses of
the areas consistent with applicable state law.
(c) The department may provide for the policing of each project as needed for the proper
development, use, and protection of the project and its purposes. The commissioner of natural
resources may employ and designate individuals according to section 84.0835 to enforce laws
governing the use of the projects.
(d) Lands within a project are subject to these rules, whether owned by the state or privately,
consistent with the rights of the private owners or with applicable state law. The rules must
be published once in one qualified newspaper in each county affected and take effect after
publication. They must also be posted on the boundaries of each project affected.
History: (6452-2) 1931 c 407 s 2; 1985 c 248 s 70; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1; 2003 c 128 art 1
s 37; 2004 c 260 s 5
84A.22 DISPOSAL OF PROCEEDS.
The following funds must be paid to the state treasury, credited to the project to which they
pertain and are annually appropriated to its purposes:
(1) the proceeds of all certificates of indebtedness issued under sections 84A.20 to 84A.30;
(2) money received from redemption, as provided in sections 84A.22 to 84A.30;
(3) money received as gifts to the state for the purposes of any project;
(4) income from the operation, development, management, and use of these projects,
including fees from licenses and permits;
(5) income received from the sale of all birds, animals, fish, and plants from the projects and
from the sale of lands and timber owned by the state within the area, other than university, school,
and swamp lands, state forest lands set apart under the Minnesota Constitution, article XI, section
11, and state lands acquired under the system of rural credit; and
(6) state money transferred to the project under state law.
Under sections 84A.20 to 84A.30, the aggregate of all certificates of indebtedness issued
must not exceed $2,250,000.
History: (6452-3) 1931 c 407 s 3; 1937 c 312 s 1; 1965 c 51 s 11; 1976 c 2 s 172; 1987
c 229 art 1 s 1
84A.23 COUNTY AUDITOR TO CERTIFY TAX-DELINQUENT LANDS.
    Subdivision 1. First report. As soon as practicable after the approval and acceptance of a
project, the auditor of each county where the project is situated shall certify to the commissioner
of finance a list of lands within the project, except lands within the boundaries of a city, that
have been bid in for the state at the delinquent tax sale held in 1928 for the nonpayment of
taxes or special drainage assessments and not redeemed or assigned to an actual purchaser. The
certificate must contain:
(1) the legal description of each parcel of the lands;
(2) the amount of the principal and interest of delinquent drainage assessments, if any, or
installments of assessments for all years before the date of the report against each parcel of
land; and
(3) the amount of drainage assessments assessed against each parcel of land, that have been
or are to be extended on the county tax rolls for collection with the taxes for 1927 and later years.
    Subd. 2. Supplemental reports. On or before June 15 of each year after the report, the
county auditor shall certify to the commissioner of finance a supplemental report giving the
information contained in the original report covering the lands within each project bid in for the
state at the annual tax sale of that year and not included in the previous reports.
    Subd. 3. Redemption or lien assignment; proceeds. When redemption is made of any
parcel of the land within a project that has been bid in for the state at a tax sale for taxes levied
before April 25, 1931, or when tax liens on these lands are assigned to an actual purchaser, the
county auditor shall report the fact to the commissioner of finance, and the county treasurer shall
send the proceeds of the redemption or assignment to the commissioner of finance.
    Subd. 4. Drainage ditch bonds; reports. (a) Immediately after a project is approved and
accepted and then after each distribution of the tax collections on the June and November
tax settlements, the county auditor shall certify to the commissioner of finance the following
information relating to bonds issued to finance or refinance public drainage ditches wholly or
partly within the projects, and the collection of assessments levied on account of the ditches:
(1) the amount of principal and interest to become due on the bonds before the next tax
settlement and distribution;
(2) the amount of money collected from the drainage assessments and credited to the funds
of the ditches; and
(3) the amount of the deficit in the ditch fund of the county chargeable to the ditches.
(b) On approving the certificate, the commissioner of finance shall draw a warrant, payable
out of the fund pertaining to the project, for the amount of the deficit in favor of the county.
(c) As to public drainage ditches wholly within a project, the amount of money paid to or
for the benefit of the county under paragraph (b) must never exceed the principal and interest of
the bonds issued to finance or refinance the ditches outstanding at the time of the passage and
approval of sections 84A.20 to 84A.30, less money on hand in the county ditch fund to the credit
of the ditches. The liabilities must be reduced from time to time by the amount of all payments
of assessments after April 25, 1931, made by the owners of lands assessed before that date for
benefits on account of the ditches.
(d) As to public drainage ditches partly within and partly outside a project, the amount paid
from the fund pertaining to the project to or for the benefit of the county must never exceed a
certain percentage of bonds issued to finance and refinance the ditches so outstanding, less money
on hand in the county ditch fund to the credit of the ditches on April 25, 1931. The percentage
must bear the same proportion to the whole amount of these bonds as the original benefits
assessed against lands within the project bear to the original total benefits assessed to the entire
system of the ditches. This liability shall be reduced from time to time by the payments of all
assessments extended after April 25, 1931, made by the owners of lands within the project of
assessments for benefits assessed before that date on account of a ditch.
(e) The commissioner of finance may provide and prescribe forms for reports required by
sections 84A.20 to 84A.30 and require any additional information from county officials that the
commissioner of finance considers necessary for the proper administration of sections 84A.20
to 84A.30.
History: (6452-4) 1931 c 407 s 4; 1973 c 123 art 5 s 7; 1973 c 492 s 14; 1986 c 444;
1987 c 229 art 1 s 1; 2003 c 112 art 2 s 10,50
84A.24 [Repealed, 1949 c 498 s 8]
84A.25 [Repealed, 1949 c 498 s 8]
84A.26 PROJECT LANDS TO BE HELD BY STATE.
The title to parcels of land within a project, except lands within the boundaries of a city, that
are acquired by the state under Laws 1927, chapter 119, as amended, must be held by the state
free from the trust in favor of the taxing districts specified in that chapter. Title must be held and
used or disposed of in accordance with sections 84A.20 to 84A.30.
History: (6452-7) 1931 c 407 s 7; 1973 c 123 art 5 s 7; 1976 c 2 s 46; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1
84A.27 PROJECT LANDS CLASSIFIED.
On receiving the reports of the county auditor specified in section 84A.23, the commissioner
of finance shall certify a copy of the report to the department. The department shall classify the
lands as to their suitability for agriculture or for afforestation, reforestation, or for the purpose of
impounding, controlling, and regulating the waters of meandered lakes and the flow of natural
streams, or for other state purposes. After the state acquires title to the lands as provided in
sections 84A.20 to 84A.30, they may be reclassified. Lands that become the absolute property of
the state under sections 84A.20 to 84A.30 and have been classified as suitable for agriculture, and
timber from any lands so acquired, may be sold by the state.
History: (6452-8) 1931 c 407 s 8; 1973 c 492 s 14; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1
84A.28 DEPARTMENT TO ACCEPT GIFTS.
The department may receive for the state and acknowledge any gift, bequest, devise, or
grant of land or interests in lands in a project, or of money or personal property of any kind,
that it considers suitable for use in connection with the operation, control, development, or use
of projects.
History: (6452-9) 1931 c 407 s 9; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1
84A.29 EMINENT DOMAIN.
The department has the power of eminent domain in chapter 117. The department may
acquire by eminent domain or by purchase, lands or interests in lands in any project that the
department considers necessary for state ownership, use, or development for the purposes of
sections 84A.20 to 84A.30. No money shall be used to acquire land or interest in it until the
department and the commissioner of finance determine that the money will not be required to
meet the requisitions of the counties authorized under section 84A.23 or to pay certificates of
indebtedness and their interest provided for in section 84A.23.
History: (6452-10) 1931 c 407 s 10; 1973 c 492 s 14; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1; 2006 c 214 s 20
84A.30 RULES VIOLATION A MISDEMEANOR.
Within the limits of a project, a willful violation of a rule of the department adopted under
sections 84A.20 to 84A.30 is a misdemeanor.
History: (6452-12) 1931 c 407 s 12; 1985 c 248 s 70; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1

REFORESTATION AREAS AND PROJECTS, 1933

84A.31 STATE REFORESTATION PROJECTS.
    Subdivision 1. Purposes. The powers in this section are granted for the purpose of:
(1) vesting and revesting the state with title to lands suitable primarily for the development
of forests and prevention of forest fires, and for experimenting in and practically advancing
afforestation and reforestation;
(2) impounding, controlling, and regulating the water of meandered lakes and the flow of
natural streams of the state;
(3) creating and establishing wild game and fishing reserves; or
(4) any other public state purpose.
    Subd. 2. County proposal to state. Under certain conditions, the board of county
commissioners of any county may by resolution propose that the state take over part of the
tax-delinquent lands in the county. The board may propose this if:
(1) the county contains land suitable for the purposes in subdivision 1;
(2) on January 1, 1933, the taxes on more than 25 percent of the acreage of the lands in a
town in the county are delinquent, as shown by its tax books;
(3) on January 1, 1933, the taxes or ditch assessments on more than 50 percent of the acreage
of the lands to be taken over are delinquent, as shown by the county's tax books; and
(4) on January 1, 1933, the bonded ditch indebtedness of the county equals or exceeds 15
percent of the assessed value of the county for 1932 as fixed by the Minnesota Tax Commission,
exclusive of money and credits.
    Subd. 3. Form. Specifically, the board may propose that any "area in the county consisting
of one or more townships, or part of any township, containing such lands be taken over by the
state for afforestation, reforestation, flood control projects, wild game and fishing reserves, or
other public state purpose, to be managed, controlled, and used for the development of forests
and prevention of forest fires, and for the purpose of experimenting in and practically advancing
afforestation, reforestation, or for the purpose of impounding, controlling, and regulating the
waters of meandered lakes and the flow of natural streams, or for the purpose of creating and
establishing wild game and fishing reserves, or for either or any such purposes," or for any other
public state purpose, on lands to be acquired by the state within such projects, as set forth in this
section. Each area must include lands assessed for all or part of the cost of the establishment,
construction, or repair of public drainage ditches under state law, and on which the assessments or
installments on them are delinquent.
    Subd. 4. Action on resolutions. A copy of the resolutions must be filed with the department
and considered and acted upon by the department. If approved by the department, it must then
be submitted to, considered, and acted upon by the Executive Council. If approved by the
Executive Council, the proposition must be formally accepted by the governor. Acceptance must
be communicated in writing to and filed with the auditor of the county.
    Subd. 5. Definitions. State school, swamp, indemnity, and institutional lands that are sold as
provided by law and for which certificates of sale have been issued at the time of the passage of
the resolution by the county board, and lands owned by the conservator of rural credit are taxable
lands within the meaning of this section. If the taxes or ditch lien installments on the lands or the
interest of the purchaser in them are delinquent, they are lands on which the taxes are delinquent
within the meaning of subdivision 2.
History: (4031-75) 1933 c 402 s 1; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1
84A.32 DEPARTMENT TO MANAGE PROJECTS.
    Subdivision 1. Rules. (a) The department shall manage and control each project approved
and accepted under section 84A.31. The department may adopt and enforce rules for the purposes
in section 84A.31, subdivision 1, for the prevention of forest fires in the projects, and for the sale
of merchantable timber from lands acquired by the state in the projects when, in the opinion of
the department, the timber may be sold and removed without damage to the purposes of the
projects. Rules must not interfere with, destroy, or damage any privately owned property without
just compensation being made to the owner of the private property by purchase or in lawful
condemnation proceedings. The rules may relate to the care, preservation, protection, breeding,
propagation, and disposition of any species of wildlife in the projects and the regulation, issuance,
sale, and revocation of special licenses or special permits for hunting, fishing, camping, or other
uses of these areas consistent with applicable state law.
(b) The department may provide for the policing of each project as necessary for the proper
development, use, and protection of the project, and of its purpose. The commissioner of natural
resources may employ and designate individuals according to section 84.0835 to enforce laws
governing the use of the projects.
(c) Lands within the project are subject to these rules, whether owned by the state, or
privately, consistent with the constitutional rights of the private owners or with applicable state
law. The department may exclude from the operation of the rules any lands owned by private
individuals upon which taxes are delinquent for three years or less. Rules must be published once
in the official newspaper of each county affected and take effect 30 days after publication. They
must also be posted on each of the four corners of each township of each project affected.
(d) In the management, operation, and control of areas taken for afforestation, reforestation,
flood control projects, and wild game and fishing reserves, nothing shall be done that will in any
manner obstruct or interfere with the operation of ditches or drainage systems existing within the
areas, or damage or destroy existing roads or highways within these areas or projects, unless the
ditches, drainage systems, roads, or highways are first taken under the power of eminent domain
and compensation made to the property owners and municipalities affected and damaged. Each
area or project shall contribute from the funds of the project, in proportion of the state land
within the project, for the construction and maintenance of roads and highways necessary within
the areas and projects to give the settlers and private owners within them access to their land.
The department may construct and maintain roads and highways within the areas and projects
as it considers necessary.
    Subd. 2. Proceeds paid into state treasury. The following funds must be paid to the state
treasury and credited to the projects to which they pertain and are annually appropriated for its
purposes:
(1) the proceeds of certificates of indebtedness issued under sections 84A.31 to 84A.42;
(2) money received from redemption as provided in sections 84A.33 to 84A.42;
(3) money received as gifts to the state for the purpose of projects;
(4) income from the operation, development, management, and use of projects, including
fees received from the sale of birds, animals, fish, and plants from the projects, and the sale of all
lands and timber on them owned by the state within the area, other than university, school, swamp,
indemnity, or institutional lands, and state forests set apart under the Minnesota Constitution,
article XI, section 11, and state lands acquired under the system of rural credit; and
(5) state money transferred to the projects under state law.
Under sections 84A.31 to 84A.42, the total of all certificates of indebtedness issued must
not exceed $750,000.
History: (4031-77, 4031-78) 1933 c 402 s 3,4; 1965 c 51 s 12; 1976 c 2 s 172; 1985 c 248 s
70; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1; 2003 c 128 art 1 s 38; 2004 c 260 s 6; 2006 c 214 s 20
84A.33 COUNTY AUDITORS TO CERTIFY TAX-DELINQUENT LANDS.
    Subdivision 1. First report. As soon as practicable after the approval and acceptance of a
project, the auditor of each county where the project is situated shall certify to the commissioner
of finance a list of lands within the project, except lands within the boundaries of an incorporated
city, upon which taxes are delinquent for three years or more, which have been bid in for the state
at any delinquent tax sale, and not redeemed or assigned to any actual purchaser. The certificates
must contain:
(1) the legal description of each parcel of the land; and
(2) the name and number of the ditch and the amount of the principal and interest of each
delinquent drainage assessment as it appears on the county tax books for all years before the date
of the certificate against each parcel of land, together with interest on the amount at six percent
annually since the due date of the installment.
    Subd. 2. Further annual reports. On or before June 15 in each year after the report, the
county auditor shall certify to the commissioner of finance a list of lands within the boundaries of
a project, except lands within the boundaries of a city, and except lands described in any previous
certificate, and upon which taxes are delinquent for three years or more and which have been bid
in for the state at any delinquent tax sale and not redeemed or assigned to an actual purchaser.
The certificate must contain:
(1) The legal description of each parcel of the land, contained in an earlier certificate upon
which all taxes have been redeemed.
(2) The legal description of each parcel of the lands which, on May 14 of the year when the
certificate is furnished, is delinquent for three years or more.
(3) The name and number of the ditch and the amount of the principal and interest of each
delinquent ditch assessment installment as it appears on the county tax books for all years before
the date of the certificate against each parcel of land, together with interest on the amount at an
annual rate of six percent since the due date of each installment. The certificate must not contain
the delinquent drainage assessment installments included in any certificate furnished earlier.
    Subd. 3. Drainage assessments; report when paid or assigned. When the delinquent
drainage assessment installment on any parcel of land included in a certificate of the county
auditor is redeemed, paid, or assigned to any person, the county auditor shall report the fact to the
commissioner of finance. The county treasurer shall pay the commissioner of finance the amount
paid in the county treasury on account of the delinquent drainage assessment installments.
    Subd. 4. Ditch bonds; funds; payments to counties. (a) Upon the approval and acceptance
of a project and after each distribution of the tax collections for the June and November tax
settlements, the county auditor shall certify to the commissioner of finance the following
information about bonds issued to finance or refinance public drainage ditches wholly or partly
within the projects, and the collection of assessments levied for the ditches:
(1) the amount of principal and interest to become due on the bonds before the next tax
settlement and distribution;
(2) the amount of money collected from the drainage assessments and credited to the funds
of the ditches, not already sent to the commissioner of finance as provided in sections 84A.31
to 84A.42; and
(3) the amount of the deficit in the ditch fund of the county chargeable to the ditches.
(b) On approving this certificate of the county auditor, the commissioner of finance shall
draw a warrant, payable out of the fund provided for in sections 84A.31 to 84A.42, and send it
to the county treasurer of the county. These funds must be credited to the proper ditch of the
county and placed in the ditch bond fund of the county, which is created, and used only to pay
the ditch bonded indebtedness of the county assumed by the state under sections 84A.31 to
84A.42. The total amount of warrants drawn must not exceed in any one year the total amount
of the deficit provided for under this section.
(c) The state is subrogated to all title, right, interest, or lien of the county in or on the lands so
certified within these projects.
(d) As to public drainage ditches wholly within a project, the amount paid to, or for the
benefit of, the county under this subdivision must never exceed the principal and interest of the
bonds issued to finance or refinance a ditch outstanding on April 22, 1933, less money on hand in
the county ditch fund to the credit of a ditch. These liabilities must be reduced from time to time
by the amount of any payments of assessments extended after April 22, 1933, made by the owners
of lands assessed before that date for benefits on account of the ditches.
As to public drainage ditches partly within and partly outside a project the amount paid from
the fund pertaining to the project to or for the benefit of the county must never exceed a certain
percentage of bonds issued to finance and refinance a ditch so outstanding, less money on hand in
the county ditch fund to the credit of a ditch on April 22, 1932. The percentage must bear the
same proportion to the whole amount of the bonds as the original benefits assessed against these
lands within the project bear to the original total benefits assessed to the entire system for a ditch.
This liability must be reduced from time to time by the payments of all assessments extended
after April 22, 1933, made by the owners of lands within the project of assessments for benefits
assessed before that date on account of a ditch.
    Subd. 5. Forms and information. The commissioner of finance may provide and prescribe
forms for required reports and require any further information from county officials which the
commissioner of finance finds necessary for the administration of sections 84A.31 to 84A.42.
History: (4031-79) 1933 c 402 s 5; 1973 c 123 art 5 s 7; 1973 c 492 s 14; 1986 c 444;
1987 c 229 art 1 s 1; 2003 c 112 art 2 s 11,50
84A.34 [Repealed, 1949 c 498 s 8]
84A.35 [Repealed, 1949 c 498 s 8]
84A.36 LANDS TO BE HELD BY STATE.
The title to parcels of land within a project, except lands within the boundaries of a city, that
are acquired by the state under Laws 1927, chapter 119, as amended, must be held by the state
free from any trust in favor of the taxing districts specified in that chapter. Title must be held and
used or disposed of in accordance with state law.
History: (4031-82) 1933 c 402 s 8; 1973 c 123 art 5 s 7; 1976 c 2 s 47; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1
84A.37 COMMISSIONER OF FINANCE TO CERTIFY LIST TO DEPARTMENT.
On receiving the reports of the county auditor specified in section 84A.33, the commissioner
of finance shall certify a copy of the report to the department. The department shall classify the
lands as to their suitability for agriculture or for afforestation, reforestation, or for the purpose
of impounding, controlling, and regulating the waters of meandered lakes and flow of natural
streams, or for other state purposes. After the state acquires title to the land as provided in sections
84A.31 to 84A.42, the lands may be reclassified. Lands that become the absolute property of the
state under sections 84A.31 to 84A.42 and have been classified as suitable for agriculture, and
timber from any lands so acquired, may be sold or rented by the state.
History: (4031-83) 1933 c 402 s 9; 1973 c 492 s 14; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1
84A.38 DEPARTMENT TO ACCEPT GIFTS.
The department may receive for the state and acknowledge any gift, bequest, devise, or grant
of land, or interests in lands, in a project, or of money or personal property of any kind, that it
finds suitable for use in connection with the operation, control, development, or use of projects.
History: (4031-84) 1933 c 402 s 10; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1
84A.39 EMINENT DOMAIN.
The department has the power of eminent domain in chapter 117. The department may
acquire by eminent domain or by purchase any privately owned lands or interests in lands within
a project that it considers necessary for state ownership, use, or development for the purposes
of sections 84A.31 to 84A.42. No money shall be used to acquire land or interest in it until
the department and the commissioner of finance determine that the money will not be required
to meet the requisitions of the counties authorized under section 84A.33 or to pay certificates
of indebtedness and their interest.
History: (4031-85) 1933 c 402 s 11; 1973 c 492 s 14; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1; 2006 c 214 s 20
84A.40 COUNTY MAY ASSUME BONDS.
Any county where a project or portion of it is located may voluntarily assume, in the manner
specified in this section, the obligation to pay a portion of the principal and interest of the bonds
issued before the approval and acceptance of the project and remaining unpaid at maturity, of any
school district or town in the county and wholly or partly within the project. The portion must bear
the same proportion to the whole of the unpaid principal and interest as the last net tax capacity,
before the acceptance of the project, of lands then acquired by the state under sections 84A.31 to
84A.42 in the school districts or towns bears to the total net tax capacity for the same year of the
school district or town. This assumption must be evidenced by a resolution of the county board
of the county. A copy of the resolution must be certified to the commissioner of finance within
one year after the acceptance of the project.
Later, if any of the bonds remains unpaid at maturity, the county board shall, upon demand of
the governing body of the school district or town or of a bondholder, provide for the payment of the
portion assumed. The county shall levy general taxes on all the taxable property of the county for
that purpose, or issue its bonds to raise the sum needed, conforming to law respecting the issuance
of county refunding bonds. The proceeds of taxes or bonds must be paid by the county treasurer to
the treasurer of the school district or town. No payments shall be made by the county to the school
district or town until the money in the treasury of the school district or town, together with the
money to be paid by the county, is sufficient to pay in full each of the bonds as it becomes due.
If a county fails to adopt and certify the resolution, the commissioner of finance shall
withhold from the payments to be made to the county under section 84A.32 a sum equal to that
portion of the principal and interest of the outstanding bonds that bears the same proportion to
the whole of the bonds as the above determined net tax capacity of lands acquired by the state
within the project bears to the total net tax capacity for the same year of the school district or
town. Money withheld from the county must be set aside in the state treasury and not paid to the
county until the full principal and interest of the school district and town bonds have been paid.
If any bonds remain unpaid at maturity, upon the demand of the governing body of the
school district or town, or a bondholder, the commissioner of finance shall issue to the treasurer
of the school district or town a warrant for that portion of the past due principal and interest
computed as in the case of the county's liability authorized in this section to be voluntarily
assumed. Money received by a school district or town under this section must be applied to
the payment of past-due bonds and interest.
History: (4031-86) 1933 c 402 s 12; 1973 c 492 s 14; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1; 1988 c 719 art 5
s 84; 1989 c 329 art 13 s 20; 2003 c 112 art 2 s 12
84A.41 DEFINITIONS.
    Subdivision 1. Taxes. "Taxes," as used in sections 84A.31 to 84A.42 includes taxes of every
kind and special assessments of every kind.
    Subd. 2. Bonds and bonded indebtedness. "Bonds" and "bonded indebtedness," as used
in sections 84A.31 to 84A.42, include bonds and accumulated interest on bonds of every nature
issued to finance or refinance the construction, maintenance, or repair of public drainage ditches.
History: (4031-76) 1933 c 402 s 2; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1
84A.42 RULES VIOLATION A MISDEMEANOR.
A person who within the limits of any project established in accordance with section 84A.31
willfully violates a rule of the Department of Natural Resources adopted under sections 84A.31 to
84A.42 is guilty of a misdemeanor.
History: (4031-87) 1933 c 402 s 13; 1969 c 1129 art 10 s 2; 1985 c 248 s 70; 1987 c
229 art 1 s 1

FINANCES

84A.50 CERTAIN CERTIFICATES ACCEPTED AND VALIDATED.
Certificates relating to bonds issued to finance or refinance public drainage ditches, the
principal and interest of the bonds, the amount of money collected from drainage assessments
and credited to ditches, and the amount of the deficit in the ditch fund made by a county auditor
under section 84A.04, 84A.23, or 84A.33 to the commissioner of finance on which payment has
been made by the state are accepted as correct and are validated.
History: 1949 c 498 s 1; 1973 c 492 s 14; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1
84A.51 CONSOLIDATED CONSERVATION AREAS ACCOUNT.
    Subdivision 1. Account created. There is created in the state treasury the consolidated
conservation areas account, also called the consolidated account.
    Subd. 2. Funds transferred; appropriated. Money in any fund established under section
84A.03, 84A.22, or 84A.32, subdivision 2, is transferred to the consolidated account, except as
provided in subdivision 3. The money in the consolidated account, or as much of it as necessary,
is appropriated for the purposes of sections 84A.52 and 84A.53. Of any remaining balance, the
amount derived from timber sales receipts is transferred to the forest management investment
account and the amount derived from all other receipts is transferred to the general fund.
    Subd. 3. Payments to county. Within 30 days after the end of each fiscal year the
commissioner of finance shall pay one-half of the income received in the consolidated account
in that fiscal year to the county containing the land from which the income is derived. That
amount is so appropriated.
    Subd. 4. County's use of funds. The funds received by each county must be apportioned by
the county auditor as follows:
(1) 30 percent to a county development fund, which is created, to be spent under the direction
of the county board for the rehabilitation and development of the portion of the county within
the conservation area;
(2) 40 percent to the general fund of the school district from which derived;
(3) 20 percent to the county revenue fund; and
(4) ten percent to the township road and bridge fund of the township from which derived.
If the proceeds are derived from an unorganized township with no levy for road and bridge
purposes, the township portion must be credited to the county revenue fund.
    Subd. 5.[Unnecessary]
History: 1949 c 498 s 2; 1957 c 675 s 1; 1973 c 492 s 14; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1; 1989 c 335
art 4 s 20,106; 1Sp2003 c 9 art 5 s 2; 2004 c 241 s 1
84A.52 ACCOUNTS; EXAMINATION, APPROPRIATION, PAYMENT.
As a part of the examination provided for by section 6.48, of the accounts of the several
counties within a game preserve, area, or project established under section 84A.01, 84A.20,
or 84A.31, the state auditor shall segregate the audit of the accounts reflecting the receipt and
disbursement of money collected or disbursed under this chapter or from the sale of tax-forfeited
lands held by the state under section 84A.07, 84A.26, or 84A.36. The auditor shall also include
in the reports required by section 6.48 summary statements as of December 31 before the
examination that set forth the proportionate amount of principal and interest due from the state
to the individual county and any money due the state from the county remaining unpaid under
this chapter, or from the sale of any tax-forfeited lands referred to in this section, and other
information required by the commissioner of finance. On receiving a report, the commissioner of
finance shall determine the net amount due to the county for the period covered by the report and
shall draw a warrant upon the state treasury payable out of the consolidated fund for that amount.
It must be paid to and received by the county as payment in full of all amounts due for the period
stated on the warrants from the state under any provision of this chapter.
Money to pay the warrants is appropriated to the counties entitled to payment from the
consolidated fund in the state treasury.
History: 1949 c 498 s 3; 1959 c 158 s 7; 1973 c 492 s 7,14; 1Sp1981 c 4 art 1 s 64; 1987
c 229 art 1 s 1
84A.53 RECEIPTS NOT CREDITED TO CONSOLIDATED ACCOUNT.
    Subdivision 1. Tax levies. Money collected from tax levies made before April 19, 1949,
under this chapter, must be deposited in the state treasury to the credit of the general fund. Upon
completion of the payment provided for in section 84A.52, the commissioner of finance shall
make the appropriate entries. Money referred to in this section must not be used for the payments
under section 84A.52 until all other money in the consolidated account has been spent.
    Subd. 2. Land sales. The portion of the money received from the sale of tax-forfeited lands
that are held by the state under section 84A.07, 84A.26, or 84A.36, that would not be paid to the
counties if all the sale proceeds were deposited in the consolidated account, must be deposited in
the land acquisition account. The remaining amount must be paid to the counties under section
84A.51 as if all the sale proceeds were deposited in the consolidated account.
History: 1949 c 498 s 4; 1969 c 399 s 1; 1973 c 492 s 14; 1984 c 654 art 2 s 80; 1987 c
229 art 1 s 1; 1989 c 335 art 4 s 106
84A.54 COLLECTIONS DEPOSITED IN CONSOLIDATED ACCOUNT.
Except as provided in section 84A.53, money received after April 18, 1949, under this
chapter must be deposited in the consolidated account.
History: 1949 c 498 s 5; 1984 c 654 art 2 s 81; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1; 1989 c 335 art 4 s 106

ADMINISTRATION

84A.55 COMMISSIONER'S CONTROL OF CONSERVATION LANDS.
    Subdivision 1. General control. Game preserves, areas, and projects established under
section 84A.01, 84A.20, or 84A.31, are under the management, operation, and control of the
commissioner of natural resources. The commissioner has the powers and duties provided
in this section.
    Subd. 2. Forest protection. The commissioner shall care for, preserve, protect, and develop
the forests in preserves, areas, and projects; shall prevent forest fires in them so far as means are
available; and may experiment in and practically advance afforestation and reforestation there.
    Subd. 3. Timber sales. The commissioner may sell merchantable timber on lands held by
the state under section 84A.07, 84A.26, or 84A.36. It must be sold in the same way as timber
on other state lands.
    Subd. 4. Waters. The commissioner may impound, control, and regulate the waters of
meandered and other public lakes in preserves, areas, and projects and the flow of natural streams.
    Subd. 5. Wildlife. The commissioner shall care for, protect, and preserve any species of
wildlife there, so far as means are available.
    Subd. 6. Regulation; licensing. The commissioner may regulate and license, subject to
revocation for violation of any state law relating to wild animals or of this section, the breeding,
propagation, and disposition of wildlife in preserves, areas, or projects by any person as necessary
to execute subdivision 5.
    Subd. 7. Hunting and other licenses. The commissioner may issue, subject to revocation
for violation of state law relating to wild animals or of sections 84A.50 to 84A.55, special licenses
or permits for hunting, fishing, camping, or other uses consistent with those sections or any
other applicable state law.
    Subd. 7a. Snowmobiles on certain lands. Unless specifically prohibited by a rule of the
commissioner, snowmobiles may be operated on lands subject to this section that have been
identified by the commissioner as wildlife management areas.
    Subd. 8. Policing. The commissioner may police the game preserves, areas, and projects
as necessary to carry out this section. The commissioner may employ and designate individuals
according to section 84.0835 to enforce laws governing the use of the game preserves, areas,
and projects.
    Subd. 9. Drainage. The commissioner may make necessary investigations and surveys
for and may undertake projects for the drainage of state-owned lands within a game preserve,
conservation area, or other area subject to this section so far as the commissioner determines that
the lands will benefit from the project for the purposes for which the area was established. The
commissioner may pay the cost of drainage projects out of funds appropriated and available for
them. If the commissioner finds after investigation that a project for the construction, repair, or
improvement of a public ditch or ditch system undertaken by a county or other public agency
as otherwise provided by law will benefit the lands for those purposes, the commissioner may
cooperate in the project by joining in the petition for the project or consenting to or approving it
on any conditions the commissioner determines. The commissioner shall authorize the imposition
of assessments for the projects on the lands in any amounts the commissioner determines, or may
make lump sum contributions to the county or other public funds established for the payment of
the cost of the project. The assessments or contributions must not exceed the value of benefits to
the state-owned lands as determined by the commissioner and specified by written certificates
or other statement filed in the proceedings. Assessments or contributions are payable only out
of funds appropriated and available for them in amounts the commissioner determines. The
commissioner of natural resources shall establish by rule before January 1, 1986, the criteria for
determining benefits to state-owned lands held or used to protect or propagate wildlife, provide
hunting or fishing for the public, or serve other purposes relating to conservation, development, or
use of soil, water, forests, wild animals, or related natural resources.
    Subd. 10. Roads; landing strips. The commissioner may construct and maintain and
contribute funds for construction and maintenance of roads and airplane landing fields or strips
within a game preserve, conservation area, or other area subject to this section. Payments for
highway purposes under this subdivision may be made to any governmental subdivision or to the
United States in amounts set by the commissioner from the account created by section 84A.51.
    Subd. 11. Rules. The commissioner may promulgate rules necessary for the execution of this
section, including the conditions of licenses and permits under subdivision 7 and the amount of
license fees. In addition to notice required by other law, the commissioner must give 30 days'
notice posted in each township affected by the rules. The rules have the force of law, and any
violation of rules is a misdemeanor. Lands within a game preserve, area, or project referred to
in subdivision 1, whether owned privately or by the state or any governmental subdivision, are
subject to the rules consistent with the constitutional rights of private owners or other applicable
state law.
    Subd. 12. Compensation. Nothing shall be done under this section that will interfere with
the operation of ditches or drainage systems existing in any game preserve, area, or project
referred to in subdivision 1, or damage or destroy any existing road or highway in it, so far as
constructed, improved, or maintained by any governmental subdivision or public agency or
person other than the commissioner, unless the right to them is first acquired by the commissioner
by purchase or condemnation, upon payment of just compensation to the political subdivision,
public agency, or person affected and damaged.
    Subd. 13. Buying land. The commissioner may acquire by purchase or condemnation any
land or interest in land or any public work or project or right in it necessary for any purpose
authorized in this section.
    Subd. 14. Source of funds. Salaries and expenses incurred to carry out this section must be
paid from money appropriated from the consolidated account or other fund or account designated
in the applicable appropriation.
History: 1949 c 498 s 6; 1953 c 654 s 1; 1955 c 792 s 1; 1969 c 1129 art 10 s 2; 1978 c 674
s 14; 1984 c 654 art 2 s 82; 1985 c 248 s 70; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1; 1989 c 335 art 4 s
21,106; 1992 c 573 s 3; 2003 c 128 art 1 s 39; 2004 c 260 s 7
84A.56 CONSOLIDATED CONSERVATION LAND ACQUISITION AND DISPOSITION.
    Subdivision 1. Consolidated conservation land acquisition and disposition plan. Before
the commissioner may acquire or dispose of land in the game preserves, areas, and projects
established under section 84A.01, 84A.20, or 84A.31, in any county, the commissioner must
prepare a county land acquisition and disposition plan. The plan must identify the general areas
where the commissioner intends to acquire or dispose of land and their accompanying reasons.
The plan must emphasize a balance of uplands and wetlands.
    Subd. 2. Review by county board. The plan must be submitted to the county board for
review and comment. The board must notify the commissioner of natural resources of any
concerns or disagreements with the plan within 90 days after receiving the plan or proposal.
    Subd. 3. Department review of appraisals. The county board must submit appraisals for
land offered for sale under this section to the commissioner for review at least 30 days before
the date of the sale.
History: 1984 c 654 art 2 s 83; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1
84A.57 CERTAIN TAX-FORFEITED LAND HELD IN TRUST FOR COUNTY.
Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, land that forfeits to the state for nonpayment of
taxes and is in a game preserve, area, or project established under section 84A.01, 84A.20, or
84A.31 must be held in trust for the taxing district as land outside a game preserve, area, or
project. The lands must be disposed of and managed, and have income from the land allocated, in
the same manner as land that is outside a game preserve, area, or project.
History: 1984 c 654 art 2 s 84; 1987 c 229 art 1 s 1