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(1) Any lessee of state land may request that the department consider a resource development project. In order to consider such project the department may require the lessee to furnish certain information including a description of the land involved and a description of the proposed project, including areas involved, potential return to the state, potential costs and other pertinent details. Projects will be undertaken only when, in the judgment of the department, the lessee has a record of good management of the land or shows evidence of improving the management of the land. The department will consider projects to promote such development of land as is in the best interests of the state, including, but not limited to, stock water deveopments, saline seep control, irrigation project site preparation and development of certain vegetative practices. The department shall examine each proposal to determine its feasibility and may request assistance in such examination from appropriate state and federal agencies. The lessee shall cooperate with the department in planning the project and in negotiating for a fair return on the development.

History: 77-1-603, MCA; IMP, 77-1-601 through 77-1-609, MCA; NEW, 1987 MAR p. 17, Eff. 1/16/87; TRANS, 1996 MAR p. 2384.

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