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Subdivision 1.Applicability.

The definitions in this section apply to sections 103F.505 to 103F.535.

Subd. 2.Board.

"Board" means the Board of Water and Soil Resources.

Subd. 3.Conservation easement.

"Conservation easement" means a conservation easement as defined in section 84C.01.

Subd. 5.Drained wetland.

"Drained wetland" means a former natural wetland that has been altered by draining, dredging, filling, leveling, or other manipulation sufficient to render the land suitable for agricultural crop production.

Subd. 5a.Grasslands.

"Grasslands" means landscapes that are or were formerly dominated by grasses, that have a low percentage of trees and shrubs, and that provide economic and ecosystem services such as managed grazing, wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration, and water filtration and retention.

Subd. 6.Landowner.

"Landowner" means an individual or entity that is not prohibited from owning agricultural land under section 500.24 and either owns eligible land or is purchasing eligible land under a contract for deed.

Subd. 7.Marginal agricultural land.

"Marginal agricultural land" means land that is:

(1) composed of class IIIe, IVe, V, VI, VII, or VIII land as identified in the land capability classification system of the United States Department of Agriculture; or

(2) similar to land described under clause (1) and identified under a land classification system selected by the board.

Subd. 8.Public waters.

"Public waters" means waters and wetlands as defined in section 103G.005, and inventoried under section 103G.201.

Subd. 8a.

MS 2008 [Renumbered subd 8c]

Subd. 8b.Reinvest in Minnesota reserve program.

"Reinvest in Minnesota reserve program" means the program established under section 103F.515.

Subd. 8c.Riparian land.

"Riparian land" means lands adjacent to public waters, drainage systems, wetlands, or locally designated priority waters.

Subd. 8d.Restored prairie.

"Restored prairie" means a restoration that uses at least 25 representative and biologically diverse native prairie plant species and that occurs on land that was previously cropped or used as pasture.

Subd. 9.Sensitive groundwater area.

"Sensitive groundwater area" means a geographic area defined by natural features where there is a significant risk of groundwater degradation from activities conducted at or near the land surface. These areas may be identified by mapping or other appropriate methods determined by the commissioner of natural resources and the Board of Water and Soil Resources. Wellhead protection areas may be designated as a sensitive groundwater area.

Subd. 10.Wetland.

"Wetland" means land that has a predominance of hydric soils and that is inundated or saturated by surface water or groundwater at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, or that periodically does support, a predominance of hydrophytic vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions.

Subd. 11.Windbreak.

"Windbreak" means a strip or belt of trees, shrubs, or grass barriers at least six rows deep and within 300 feet of the right-of-way of a highway.

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