(a) A recipient of an appropriation from the trust fund who acquires an interest in real property must receive written approval from the commissioner of natural resources prior to the acquisition, if the interest:
(1) is acquired in whole or in part with the appropriation; and
(2) will be conveyed to the state for management by the commissioner.
(b) The commissioner shall approve acquisitions under this section only when the interest in real property:
(1) is identified as a high priority by the commissioner; or
(2) meets the objectives and criteria identified in the applicable acquisition plan for the intended management status of the property.