BAXTER, Minn. - Mowing and haying on state railroad
bank property is prohibited and considered a petty misdemeanor,
according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The cost to remove, repair or perform any corrective action caused
by a violation of the law may be charged to the violator.
State rail bank property, which averages 100 feet in width, includes
abandoned rail lines and right of way that MnDOT maintains for
future public transportation use.
Mowing is prohibited because state rail bank property may contain
noxious weeds that, when cut, can spread rapidly. In addition, the
land may contain near-extinct prairie grasses and wildflowers.
The public is asked to report any violations to their local sheriff,
or MnDOT representatives Mark
, Road Regulations, (south central Minnesota) at 320-223-6522;
, Road Regulations, (north central Minnesota) at 218-828-5777;
or Jim Utecht
Permits, (west central Minnesota) at 218-846-7950.