Land Exchange Review Board
Function: The board's responsibility shall be to consider the overlapping activities of the federal, state, county and private interests and methods of coordination of these activities to protect the rights and interest of citizens of the state of Minnesota in attaining the highest, best and most beneficial use of the lands and public waters.
The land exchange review board shall make a comprehensive review of all proposals for land exchanges to determine the maximum benefits of the present and foreseeable demands for the land which should include the overall aspects of all ownerships and conflicting uses. The board shall conduct public hearings at stated locations which will best serve all parties interested as required as well as notifying the county boards serving the respective counties wherein the subject lands are situated so that they may request public hearings in behalf of its residents and others concerned. The board shall meet regularly at quarterly intervals in February, May, August and October each year for current review and action on pending case transactions. Meetings would not have to be held if no cases are pending. The board shall thereafter make specific recommendations for each proposed case transaction on all state land exchanges and the disposal of state lands for final approval or disapproval by the land exchange commission, provided that the land exchange commission may also seek such other recommendations as are required by law or as it deems appropriate. The board shall also report to the legislature from time to time setting forth its findings as a result of its investigations and studies of land exchanges in the state, and shall make such recommendations as it deems proper to assist the legislature in formulating legislation on the subject.
The commission herein created and the appropriation herein provided shall expire July 1, 1971.
Minnesota Land Exchange Commission
Seven members to be selected by the Minnesota land exchange commission, with the advice and consent of the senate to serve a six year term with the first board members to serve 2, 4 and 6 years respectively as designated by the commission. At the expiration of any term the commission shall appoint a successor for a term of six years.
No member shall be a state or federal employee.
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