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    (a) The commissioner of natural resources shall study the feasibility of establishing private
or public prairie plant seed production areas within prairie land locations. If prairie plant seed
production is feasible, the commissioner may aid the establishment of production areas. The
commissioner may enter cost-share or sharecrop agreements with landowners having easements
for conservation purposes of ten or more years on their land to commercially produce prairie plant
seed of Minnesota origin. The commissioner may only aid prairie plant seed production areas
on agricultural land used to produce crops before December 23, 1985, and cropped three out of
five years between 1981 and 1985.
    (b) The commissioner shall compile, prepare, and electronically disseminate to the public
prairie establishment guidance materials and resources. The resources must provide information
and guidance on project planning, seed selection including ecotype and species mix, site
preparation, seeding, maintenance, and technical service providers. The commissioner shall
use actual prairie restoration projects under development on state-owned land to illustrate and
demonstrate the practices described.
History: 1987 c 404 s 99; 2007 c 57 art 1 s 31