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89.53 MS 1957 [Renumbered 18.361]
    Subdivision 1. Commissioner's duties; notice of control measures. Whenever the
commissioner finds that an area in the state is infested or threatened to be infested with forest
pests or shade tree pests, the commissioner shall determine whether measures of control are
needed, what control measures are to be applied, and the area over which the control measures
shall be applied. The commissioner shall prescribe a proposed zone of infestation covering the
area in which control measures are to be applied and shall publish notice of the proposal once
a week, for two successive weeks in a newspaper having a general circulation in each county
located in whole or in part in the proposed zone of infestation. Prescribing zones of infestation
and prescribing measures of control are exempt from the rulemaking provisions of chapter 14
and section 14.386 does not apply.
    Subd. 2. Notice requirements; public comment. The notice shall include a description of
the boundaries of the proposed zone of infestation, the control measures to be applied, and a time
and place where municipalities and owners of forest lands or shade trees in the zone may show
cause orally or in writing why the zone and control measures should or should not be established.
The commissioner shall consider any statements received in determining whether the zone shall
be established and the control measures applied.
    Subd. 3. Experimental programs. The commissioner may establish experimental programs
for the control of forest pests or shade tree pests and for municipal reforestation.
History: 1955 c 676 s 3; 1957 c 295 s 4; 1986 c 444; 2004 c 221 s 35; 2007 c 57 art 1 s 62

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