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    Subdivision 1. General duties. The commissioner shall make thorough inquiry into the
extent, character, and value of the timber on all state lands and shall take such measures as will
protect the timber from damage or loss by fire, trespass, or otherwise; and make such rules, in
conformity with the other provisions of this chapter, for the care and control of the lands and for
the sale of the timber thereon, as will best protect the interests of the state.
    Subd. 2. Trespass on state lands. The commissioner may compromise and settle, with the
approval of the attorney general, upon terms the commissioner deems just, any claim of the state
for casual and involuntary trespass upon state lands or timber; provided that no claim shall be
settled for less than the full value of all timber or other materials taken in casual trespass or the
full amount of all actual damage or loss suffered by the state as a result. The commissioner shall
advise the Executive Council of any information acquired by the commissioner concerning
any trespass on state lands, giving all details and names of witnesses and all compromises and
settlements made under this subdivision.
    Subd. 3.[Repealed, 2005 c 141 s 14]
    Subd. 4.[Repealed, 2005 c 141 s 14]
    Subd. 5. Forest improvement contracts. The commissioner may contract as part of the
timber sale with the purchaser of state timber at either informal or auction sale for the following
forest improvement work to be done on the land included within the sale area: preparation of the
site for seeding or planting of seedlings or trees, seeding or planting of seedlings or trees, and
other activities relating to forest regeneration. A contract issued under this subdivision is not
subject to the competitive bidding provisions of chapter 16C and is exempt from the contract
approval provisions of section 16C.05, subdivision 2.
    Subd. 6. Sale of damaged timber. The commissioner may sell at public auction timber that
has been damaged by fire, windstorm, flood, or other natural cause on notice that the commissioner
considers reasonable when there is a high risk that the salvage value of the timber would be lost.
    Subd. 7. Emergency declaration. The commissioner may declare an emergency in the event
of a catastrophe caused by fire, windstorm, flood, insect, disease, or other natural cause. In the
event of an emergency declaration, the commissioner may grant an extension, without penalty or
interest, on an existing permit for standing timber if the permit holder has entered into a purchase
agreement to harvest timber damaged by the natural catastrophe.
    Subd. 8. Adverse surface conditions. The commissioner may declare an emergency in the
event of widespread abnormal surface conditions that prevent the proper and timely harvest of
existing permits for standing timber. In the event of an emergency declaration, the commissioner
may grant extensions, without penalty or interest, and may modify the terms and conditions
of existing permits for standing timber to allow for the harvest of the standing timber in an
environmentally sound manner under favorable surface conditions.
History: (6394-9) 1925 c 276 s 9; 1961 c 202 s 8; 1967 c 66 s 1; 1981 c 305 s 2; 1984 c 613
s 3; 1985 c 26 s 1; 1985 c 248 s 70 1986 c 444; 1987 c 109 s 5; 1988 c 462 s 5; 1993 c 172 s 44;
1996 c 295 s 4; 2005 c 141 s 4; 2006 c 175 s 1

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