Within one year after the death of the claimant, the claimant's heir, devisee, or estate must either:
(1) notify the commissioner of election to terminate enrollment in the sustainable forest incentive program; or
(2) make an application under this chapter to continue enrollment of the land in the program.
Upon notification under clause (1), the commissioner shall terminate the enrollment and issue a document releasing the land from the covenant as provided in section 290C.04, paragraph (c). Penalties under section 290C.11 shall not apply. If the application under clause (2) is approved, the land is enrolled in the program without a break. If the commissioner does not receive notification within one year after the date of death, enrollment in the program shall be terminated and penalties under section 290C.11 shall not apply.