84.944 ACQUISITION OF CRITICAL NATURAL HABITAT.
Subdivision 1. Acquisition considerations.
(a) In determining what critical natural habitat
shall be acquired or improved, the commissioner shall consider:
(1) the significance of the land or water as existing or potential habitat for fish and wildlife
and providing fish and wildlife oriented recreation;
(2) the significance of the land, water, or habitat improvement to maintain or enhance native
plant, fish, or wildlife species designated as endangered or threatened under section
(3) the presence of native ecological communities that are now uncommon or diminishing;
(4) the significance of the land, water or habitat improvement to protect or enhance natural
features within or contiguous to natural areas including fish spawning areas, wildlife management
areas, scientific and natural areas, riparian habitat and fish and wildlife management projects.
(b) Based on the above clauses, the commissioner by rule must establish a process to
prioritize what critical habitat shall be acquired or improved.
Subd. 2. Designation of acquired sites.
The critical natural habitat acquired in fee title by
the commissioner under this section shall be designated by the commissioner as: (1) an outdoor
recreation unit pursuant to section
86A.07, subdivision 3
, or (2) as provided in sections
, paragraph (a),
. The commissioner may
so designate any critical natural habitat acquired in less than fee title.
Subd. 3. County acquisition approval.
The commissioner must follow the procedures under
97A.145, subdivision 2
, for critical natural habitat acquired under this section.
History: 1986 c 383 s 10; 1987 c 149 art 2 s 3-5; 1987 c 357 s 16; 1991 c 254 art 2 s
7; 1991 c 259 s 7; 2000 c 375 s 1