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Natural areas--Minnesota; Nature conservation--Law and legislation


The Critical Areas Planning Program was established by Minnesota legislation in 1973. Its primary work is with local units of government, regional or state agencies located within areas possessing significant natural, scientific, cultural or historical resources to develop consistent plans and regulations for area use and management. Local units of government prepare the plans and regulations according to guidelines approved by the governor for each critical area'. with technical and financial assistance from the Environmental Quality Board (EQB). The enabling act directed the EQB to develop an inventory of potential critical areas in the state. Inventory methods were evaluated. The EQB established a large committee representing a balanced group from each region with equal composition of resource professionals, elected officials, interested citizens and others. The inventory resulted in identification of 41 potential critical areas throughout Minnesota. The 41 areas were further ranked into three general groups indicating importance or urgency for management. The EQB critical areas staff will be completing evaluation reports on each potential critical area to examine its characteristics and the potential use of the critical area program in planning and management.

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