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    Subdivision 1. Commissioner to control department responsibilities. The powers, duties
and responsibilities of the Department of Natural Resources relating to boat safety, firearm safety,
wild rice harvest program, ginseng harvest program, and such other programs as are now or
hereafter vested by statute in the Department of Natural Resources, shall be under the control and
supervision of the commissioner of natural resources.
    Subd. 2. Development and planning duties. The overall coordination of acquisition and
development programs, comprehensive planning activities, including statewide recreational
planning programs required by state or federal law, and not the responsibility of the commissioner
of employment and economic development, are under the control and supervision of the
    Subd. 3. Game warden duties; conservation officers. The operation of the Game Warden
Service in the Division of Game and Fish as constituted before July 1, 1967 is under the direct
control and supervision of the commissioner. The name of the personnel in such Game Warden
Service is changed to conservation officers. Conservation officers shall continue to have the
powers and duties of game wardens as they existed before July 1, 1967 and may be assigned to
public relations, conservation instructional activities, and the enforcement of laws relating to
resources management which the commissioner shall direct. The commissioner shall create
a separate division entitled the Division of Enforcement and Field Service, to be composed of
conservation officers and shall appoint a director of the division. The commissioner may place
the director's position in the unclassified service if the position meets the criteria established
in section 43A.08, subdivision 1a.
History: 1967 c 905 s 3; 1969 c 1129 art 3 s 5; art 10 s 2; 1979 c 94 s 1; 1981 c 356 s 100;
1982 c 560 s 41; 1983 c 289 s 115 subd 1; 1987 c 312 art 1 s 26 subd 2; 1Sp2003 c 4 s 1