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    Subdivision 1. Exchange or sale required. If any parcel acquired for the Memorial
Hardwood Forest after July 1, 1977 contains more than ten contiguous acres of tillable land
adjacent to other tillable land or to a maintained public road or a farm homestead consisting of
a residence and farm buildings abutting a maintained public road, the commissioner of natural
resources shall either exchange the land for other land suitable for forest purposes or declare the
land as surplus land to the commissioner of administration. The commissioner of administration
shall offer the land for sale in the manner provided by law not less than six months after acquisition
by the state and once thereafter in each of the next two years. Tillable land is land classified as
class 1, 2, or 3 as defined by the United States Soil Conservation Service. Notwithstanding any
law to the contrary neither the state nor any of its subdivisions shall be required to construct
or maintain any street, highway or other road to provide access to any parcel of land sold or
exchanged pursuant to this section. The commissioner of natural resources may retain easements
over parcels sold or exchanged pursuant to this section as are required for purposes of providing
access to public waters or forest lands or access to insure stream bank stabilization and protection.
    Subd. 2. Exemption. The commissioner of natural resources may apply to the
Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources for an exemption from the exchange
or sale requirements of subdivision 1 in instances where it can be demonstrated that unique
recreational, historical or scientific values would be destroyed by the exchange or sale of tillable
land or a farm homestead. Exemptions shall be decided by the commission on an individual basis.
If the application for exemption is not decided by the commission within 90 days, the application
shall be deemed to have been denied.
    Subd. 3. Disposition. Money collected pursuant to section 89.022 shall be deposited in
the general fund.
History: 1979 c 248 s 1,2; 1988 c 690 art 1 s 1; 1989 c 335 art 1 s 269; 2006 c 243 s 21

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