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Extensive changes in land ownership and land management have occurred in Alaska over the past 20 years. Many areas, previously open to general public use, are now included in a federal conservation unit, state legislatively designated unit, or have been conveyed to a Native corporation or other private party. Public use of these areas may now be restricted or no longer available.
These recent changes in land ownership and management have resulted in a growing problem: the unauthorized use of land and resources. The purpose of this atlas is to aid the public and the land owners in dealing with this problem. Most unauthorized use has been inadvertent, resulting from a lack of readily available and easily understood land status information. This atlas provides current land ownership and public use information, including use restrictions on the date of publication.
This atlas is not a legal document. It is a representation of official federal, state, municipal and private land records. For complete information on land ownership, contact the State Recorders Office or the apparent land owner. Official land status records are also available at government offices listed in this atlas. You may need to Contact several offices to obtain a complete picture of the area you are interested in.
All land owned by Native corporations is private land. Except as specifically noted, it is closed to public use, just like any other private land, unless the user obtains permission of the land owner. Certain lands, owned by Native corporations, are subject to specifically located easements, as described, in the atlas, that allow the public to use those identified Native corporation lands in limited ways.
In addition, some of the lands conveyed to Native corporations are open to sport hunting and fishing and other recreational uses by the public. These lands are specifically identified on the maps. Even these lands are subject to such reasonable restrictions as may be imposed by the Native corporation landowners, for the purposes of limiting or prohibiting such public uses in the immediate vicinity of logging or other commercial operations. Active timber harvesting operations are ongoing on Afognak Island. As a result, the Native corporation landowners may close portions of Afognak Island to public use. Users should obey all signs or barricades.
This atlas tells who owns the land (as of March 1997), who to contact, where public access easements are located, and the kinds of activities allowed on each easement. We recommend that readers who are unfamiliar with land management terminology, review the Glossary before continuing.
Be aware that within state and federal parks, game refuges and sanctuaries, critical habitat areas, and "special use land" areas, there are additional restrictions on uses and activities allowed on the land. Permits or special authorizations may be required for certain uses in these areas.
For information on generally allowed uses and activities on state land, that is not in any special management category or status, contact the Public Information Office at the Department of Natural Resources listed in this atlas.
Except as provided for by a public access easement, private land is not open to public use without prior permission from the landowner. Use of private land or use of a public casement for an unauthorized purpose, without obtaining prior permission from the landowner may constitute trespass.
Contact the appropriate landowner if you have any questions concerning public use of an area. Obtain permission and any necessary permits in advance. A list of landowners is included in this atlas. Always contact the landowner for updated rules and regulations before conducting any activity.
Cabins and tent camps, used for trapping, fishing, hunting, mining, and other purposes, are essential to the livelihood of many rural residents. Only in a real emergency should the public use someone else's cabin or camp. A cabin or camp may appear abandoned but the owner probably will return and will need everything in the cabin or camp during the coming season. Alaska's pioneers established the honorable tradition of respecting cabins and campsites. Please continue with this tradition.
You will need Adobe's Acrobat Reader to view the text and maps. It is Freeware, and you should be able to download a version compatible with your computer. With Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can view the files on your computer screen, print them out if you have a printer, and/or save them to your local disk.
The maps and text are grouped in the following manner:
- Introductory text pages (PDF) are
together as one file. They include:
- List of the Project team
- Land Ownership and Management - Agency List/Contact Information
- Explanation of Navigability
- Ownership of Land Under Navigable Waters
- Use of Navigable and Public Water
- Section Line Easements
- R.S.2477 Rights of Way
- Establishing Rights-of-Way by Prescription
- Construction of Easements
- Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), 17(b)Easements
- ANILCA 1427(b)(5) Easements
- Maps and their corresponding text pages are grouped by the name of the USGS quadrangle. See the INDEX MAP for clarification.
- NOTE: Each PDF file
consists of a map or maps, and the text page or pages
for that quad; in some cases 2 or 3 quads combined.
You must set the View in Acrobat Reader to Facing Pages, or scroll down to see the map, or use the arrow buttons on the navigation bar to be sure you view all the pages in each file. In the lower left hand corner of the Acrobat Reader screen, is a box that tells you how many pages are in that document, and which page is currently shown, example: Page 1 of 2, or Page 2 of 3, etc.
You can access the text and maps files 2 different ways:
- by viewing the INDEX MAP and clicking on the quad you want to view,
- or by viewing the LIST of QUADS. This list includes all other text as it appeared in the book.