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Private Landowner Shuts Off Access to Hunting Land Due to Decreased Tax Break

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Private Landowner Shuts Off Access to Hunting Land Due to Decreased Tax Break

On the cusp of hunting season, the largest private property owner in Minnesota is blocking access to 128,000 acres of property previously open for hunting and snowmobiling. The landowner, Molpus Woodlands Group, based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is a timber supplier.

Molpus actually owns 286,000 acres of Minnesota forest, 128,000 of which was enrolled in the Sustainable Forestry Incentives Act program. Under the program, the company’s tax break was at $2 million to maintain the land used by the public, but in 2010, the state capped payments for the program and Molpus saw its annual tax break cut down to $100,000.

The company has posted “Keep Out” signs and barred motorized access to the hunting land and snowmobiling trails popular with residents and visitors. Molpus’ land stands in between hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails.

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  • Maluka

    As a property owner my self I agree with the company. Why should I maintain my land so the public can use it without a sufficient tax break? The land does not just sit and take care of itself. You must watch for disease, pests (flying, crawling and walking) that can cause harm or destruction to the land. The weather i.e. lighting fires can destroy it so we must clear certain areas, maintain and contain the wet areas to prevent erosion etc. The government is not going to do it although they will fine you if what you do or fail to do does not satisfy their whims. Nope I agree, stay off the land and let the state take care of their own land as I have to care for mine. It is too bad for the hunters then considering Minnesota’s liberal anti America attitude maybe their actions was to disrupt hunting from the beginning. Look at the type of people they have representing the state in the senate. If they send that type of clown to DC then they can have an anti hunting attitude at home.

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