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84.02 DEFINITIONS.
    Subdivision 1. Definitions. For purposes of this chapter, the terms defined in this section
shall have the meanings given them.
    Subd. 2. Best management practice for native prairie restoration. "Best management
practice for native prairie restoration" means using seeds collected from a native prairie within
the same county or within 25 miles of the county's border, but not across the boundary of an
ecotype region.
    Subd. 3. Created grassland. "Created grassland" means a restoration using seeds or plants
with origins outside of the state of Minnesota.
    Subd. 4. Ecotype region. "Ecotype region" means the following ecological subsections and
counties based on the Department of Natural Resources map, "County Landscape Groupings
Based on Ecological Subsections," dated February 15, 2007.
Ecotype Region
Counties or portions thereof:
Rochester Plateau, Blufflands, and Oak
Savanna
Houston, Winona, Fillmore, Wabasha,
Goodhue, Mower, Freeborn, Steele, Olmsted,
Rice, Waseca, Dakota, Dodge
Anoka Sand Plain, Big Woods, and St. Paul
Baldwin Plains and Moraines
Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington,
Chisago, Scott, Carver, McLeod, Wright,
Benton, Isanti, Le Sueur, Sherburne
Inner Coteau and Coteau Moraines
Lincoln, Lyon, Pipestone, Rock, Murray,
Nobles, Jackson, Cottonwood
Red River Prairie (South)
Traverse, Wilkin, Clay, Becker
Red River Prairie (North) and Aspen Parklands
Kittson, Roseau, Red Lake, Pennington,
Marshall, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Polk,
Norman
Minnesota River Prairie (North)
Big Stone, Pope, Stevens, Grant, Swift,
Chippewa, Meeker, Kandiyohi, Renville, Lac
qui Parle, Yellow Medicine
Minnesota River Prairie (South)
Nicollet, Redwood, Brown, Watonwan,
Martin, Faribault, Blue Earth, Sibley
Hardwood Hills
Douglas, Morrison, Otter Tail, Stearns, Todd
    Subd. 5. Native prairie. "Native prairie" means land that has never been plowed where
native prairie vegetation originating from the site currently predominates or, if disturbed, is
predominantly covered with native prairie vegetation that originated from the site. Unbroken
pasture land used for livestock grazing can be considered native prairie if it has predominantly
native vegetation originating from the site and conservation practices have maintained biological
diversity.
    Subd. 6. Native prairie species of a local ecotype. "Native prairie species of a local
ecotype" means a genetically differentiated population of a species that has at least one trait
(morphological, biochemical, fitness, or phenological) that is evolutionarily adapted to local
environmental conditions, notably plant competitors, pathogens, pollinators, soil microorganisms,
growing season length, climate, hydrology, and soil.
    Subd. 7. Restored native prairie. "Restored native prairie" means a restoration using at
least 25 representative and biologically diverse native prairie plant species of a local ecotype
originating in the same county as the restoration site or within 25 miles of the county's border, but
not across the boundary of an ecotype region.
    Subd. 8. Restored prairie. "Restored prairie" means a restoration using at least 25
representative and biologically diverse native prairie plant species originating from the same
ecotype region in which the restoration occurs.
History: 2007 c 57 art 1 s 17