This statute aims to restore certain marginal agricultural land and protect environmentally sensitive areas to enhance soil and water quality, minimize damage to flood-prone areas, sequester carbon, and support native plant, fish, and wildlife habitats. The Board of Water and Soil Resources may place eligible land in the Minnesota reserve program and impose conservation standards.
The statute also addresses conservation easements. Allowable development and construction is very limited on such land. Other eligible lands may be set aside for the clean energy program, as described in section 103F.518. This land will be prioritized for the development of cellulosic biofuel or bioenergy production facilities, or for development that meets other state goals or objectives.