The table below is a summary of statutory authority for the DNR's review, authorization, and approval of proposed tax-forfeited land sales.
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The purpose of this table is to provide a quick guide to the issues reviewed by the DNR. However, this is a complex area of law, and the statutes should be reviewed for a complete understanding of authority as to the DNR's review of proposed sales of tax-forfeited lands managed by the counties.
Caution: This table is for quick reference purposes only. This table does not cover all issues related to sale of DNR-administered tax-forfeited lands held free from the trust in favor of the taxing districts or consolidated conservation lands.
Feature for review
Withdrawn from sale or commissioner's approval or authorization required
Commissioner must approve appraised value of timber and sale of land. [Minn. Stat., sec. 282.01, subd. 3]
Waterfront of 150 feet or less requires commissioner's approval. Waterfront of more than 150 feet is withdrawn from sale; however, a county is permitted to sell such property upon written authorization from the commissioner of natural resources. [Minn. Stat., sec. 282.018, subd. 1]
Withdrawn from sale. [Minn. Stat., sec. 85.012, subd. 1]
Nonforested Marginal Land and Wetland
Withdrawn from sale unless notice of existence of nonforested marginal land or wetland is provided to prospective purchasers and deed contains restrictive covenant that precludes enrollment in state conservation program (unless platted subdivision or conveyance is to correct errors in legal descriptions). [Minn. Stat., secs. 103F.535] and 282.018, subd. 2]
Withdrawn from sale, unless county board finds it more suitable for other purposes and withdraws lands from memorial forest and commissioner approves sale. [Minn. Stat., sec. 459.06, subd. 3]
Mineral Lease or Mining Unit
Withheld from sale. [Minn. Stat., sec. 282.01, subd. 8]
Withdrawn from sale. [Minn. Stat., sec. 92.461 , and Opinion of Attorney General, Feb. 9, 1968]
Land Classified as Conservation
Withdrawn from sale, except commissioner may approve sale of conservation lands designated by county board as primarily suitable for a specific conservation purpose or for auxiliary forest purposes. [Minn. Stat., sec. 282.011, subd. 1]
Red Lake Game Preserve and Other Consolidated Conservation Areas
Subject to above requirements
Trust Fund Lands and Other DNR Administered-Lands
Commissioner objects to forfeiture of land and objects to sale of land by counties. [Minn. Stat., sec. 92.214]