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Site Inspection

Important: It is your responsibility to fully review the offering brochure and personally locate and thoroughly inspect the parcel before submitting a bid or application to purchase.

The land chosen by a bidder/applicant is taken AS IS with no guarantees, neither expressed nor implied, as to its suitability for any intended use. The submission of a bid or application constitutes acceptance of the parcel AS IS and WHERE IS. The reader is referred to the "No Warranty of Suitability or Fitness" section further down this page for more information.



No Warranty of Suitability or Fitness

Important: In accordance with 11 AAC 67.022 No Warranty Implied, by selling, granting, or leasing land, the state does not give or imply any warranty as to the land's fitness, use, or suitability, or whether public utilities or services will be provided. It is the responsibility of the purchaser, grantee, or lessee to determine whether the land will meet his needs.

Parcels are sold AS IS and WHERE IS with all faults, and in the condition as of the date of the sale. The State of Alaska makes no warranty, expressed nor implied, nor assumes any liability whatsoever regarding the social, economic, or environmental aspects of the parcel, including, without limitation, the soil conditions, water drainage, access, or natural or artificial hazards that may exist, or the profitability of the parcel.

It is your responsibility to inspect the parcel and be thoroughly acquainted with the parcel's condition prior to bidding or applying to purchase. It is also your responsibility to determine and consider in your decision to enter into a purchase encumbrances (or the possibility of encumbrances) that may affect the use of the property, including those of record or apparent by inspection of the property.



Hazardous Materials and Potential Contaminants

You are responsible for personally and thoroughly inspecting the property and familiarizing yourself with the condition and quality of the land. Unless otherwise noted herein, there are no known environmental hazards present within the parcels listed herein. However, DNR has not necessarily inspected all the parcels to determine if refuse or hazardous waste is present. The State of Alaska makes no representations or warranties, expressed nor implied, concerning the existence or absence of any hazardous substances, hazardous wastes, contaminants, or pollutants on the lands in this offering. The State of Alaska further assumes no liability for the removal of hazardous substances, hazardous wastes, contaminants, or pollutants, nor for the remediation of the site should such substances eventually be found. The purchaser of the parcel is responsible for the disposal of any existing refuse or wastes and its related costs, regardless of date of existence.



Existing Improvements

Some parcels may have existing improvements, structures, and/or limited development on the land. Unless otherwise noted, the minimum bid price for these parcels includes the value of the improvements. If any such improvements exist on parcels in these offerings, the State of Alaska makes no representations or warranties, expressed nor implied, concerning the existence or condition of such items. You are responsible for personally and thoroughly inspecting the parcels prior to submitting a bid or application and buyers assume all responsibility for such items. Refer to the "Hazardous Materials and Potential Contaminants" section below for additional information and disclaimers.



Access

Access

Information on the location of legal access to a parcel may be obtained from the appropriate regional DNR Public Information Center. It is your responsibility to properly locate yourself when crossing both public and private land to ensure you are on a legal right-of-way or section-line easement and to avoid trespass. It is important to note that while access may be legally reserved, it may not yet be improved.

Important: Please be advised that legal access to a parcel does not necessarily constitute practical, developable, or existing (constructed) access.

The State of Alaska has no obligation to build roads or provide services to or within any subdivision or parcel. Rights-of-way shown on the survey plats designate areas reserved for access but do not necessarily indicate the existence of a constructed road. As previously mentioned, although every parcel for sale has some legal, platted access, in many cases roads might not exist. For instance, access may be via section line easements (unless the section line easement has been vacated), platted rights-of-way, trail easements, navigable water bodies, or across unreserved State-owned land. Contact the DNR Public Information Centers for more information.

Physical access may be on rivers and lakes or across land by roads or trails by means of highway and off-road vehicles, snowmachines, airplanes, boats, all-terrain vehicles, dogsleds, or by foot. You should inquire at one of the DNR Public Information Centers or appropriate borough land office to see if there is an existing road on a reserved right-of-way.

There are certain generally allowed uses on State-owned land managed by the Division of Mining, Land, and Water that do not require a permit from DNR (11 AAC 96.020 Generally Allowed Uses and 11 AAC 96.025 Conditions for Generally Allowed Uses). The fact sheet on Generally Allowed Uses is available online at: http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/factsht/land_fs/gen_allow_use.pdf

The fact sheet includes a list of areas where generally allowed uses do not apply and other restrictions.

Travel across unreserved State-owned land may be made without a permit by the following methods:

  • Hiking, backpacking, skiing, climbing, and other foot travel; bicycling; or traveling by horse or dogsled or with pack animals.
  • Using a highway vehicle with a curb weight of up to 10,000 pounds, including a four-wheel-drive vehicle or a pickup truck, or using a recreational-type off-road or all-terrain vehicle with a curb weight of up to 1,500 pounds, such as a snowmachine (or other tracked vehicle), motorcycle or ATV, on or off an established road easement, if use of the road easement does not cause or contribute to water-quality degradation, alteration of drainage systems, significant rutting, ground disturbance, or thermal erosion. Use of larger off-road vehicles over 1,500 pounds curb weight and off-road travel of construction and mining equipment requires a permit from DNR. An authorization is required from the State of Alaska, Department of Fish and Game, Division of Habitat for any motorized travel in fish-bearing streams. Contact and program information can be found online at: http://habitat.adfg.alaska.gov
  • Landing an aircraft (such as a single-engine airplane or helicopter), or using watercraft (such as a boat, jet-ski, raft, or canoe), without damaging the land, including shoreland, tideland, and submerged land.

Access improvements on unreserved State-owned land may be allowed without a permit under the following conditions:

  • Brushing or cutting a trail less than five feet wide using only hand-held tools such as a chainsaw (making a trail does not create a property right or interest in the trail).
  • Anchoring a mooring buoy in a lake, river, or marine waters, or placing a float, dock, boat haul out, floating breakwater, or boathouse in a lake, river, or in marine waters, for the personal, noncommercial use of the upland owner, if the use does not interfere with public access or another public use, and if the improvement is placed within the projected sidelines of the contiguous upland owner's parcel or otherwise has the consent of the affected upland owner.

Vehicles are required to use existing trails where possible. Where no trails exist, vehicles are required to use the legal access to minimize the number of trails across public lands.

Moving heavy equipment, such as a bulldozer, is not authorized on State-owned land without a permit. A permit can be obtained from the appropriate DNR regional office.

Public access and utility easements, water body easements, and public or navigable waterways may not be obstructed or made unusable by the public.

Establishing new routes or making improvements to existing rights-of-way or easements may require an authorization depending on the type of activity and the site-specific conditions. You are advised to apply for an access easement to reserve legal access to your parcel on routes you may wish to improve. Contact the DNR Public Information Centers for more information.



Driveways, Approaches, and Roads

Driveways and/or approach roads from established roads maintained by the State of Alaska, Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOTPF) may need to be constructed in order to provide access to the subdivision and individual parcels, and a permit may be required. Prior to any driveway or approach road construction utilizing a State-managed right-of-way, you must consult the Right-of-Way Section of the appropriate regional office of DOTPF. Parking on the side or shoulder of roads can cause traffic safety problems and damage to the road shoulder and these activities may be restricted or disallowed.



Types of Access

Parcels are accessed by a variety of means, as specified for each subdivision. In many remote subdivisions, little or no rights-of-way are developed.

Brushed rights-of-way have been cleared of vegetation, but may contain tree stumps. Brushed rights-of-way may not be brushed for the full width of the right-of-way; check the survey plat and look for monuments to determine the width of the rights-of-way and the locations of parcel boundaries. Depending on the soil conditions in the area, brushed rights-of-way may be accessible with a 4-wheel drive vehicle or ATV.

Winter-only trails are accessible via snowmachine when the ground is sufficiently frozen and a sufficient snowpack exists. Winter-only trails cross bodies of water or wetlands that make the trail unusable during summer months. Year-round trails may be accessible by ATV in the summer and snowmachine in the winter.

Pioneer roads are narrow dirt or gravel roads that usually require a 4-wheel drive vehicle and typically do not receive maintenance. Roads or trails indicated as year-round may receive maintenance from the state or a local government. Weather conditions may still make year-round roads impassable during certain times of the year.

Information on the conditions of state-maintained highways only is available from the State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities at 511.alaska.gov/.



Alaska Railroad Right-of-Way

The Alaska Railroad Corporatio's 200-foot right-of-way, bridges, and trestles may NOT be used as legal access. Use of the railroad right-of-way is considered trespass and will be prosecuted (AS 11.46.330 Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree). The Alaska Railroad Corporation may issue permits to cross the railroad. Contact the nearest railroad agent for more information at: http://alaskarailroad.com/



Title Information

Land Records, Survey Plats, and Maps

Important: It is the responsibility of the purchaser to review recorded plats/maps, surveys, and plat notes for specific information on easements, building setbacks, or other restrictions that may affect any individual parcel prior to submitting a bid or application.

Parcels are legally defined by the survey monuments and recorded survey plats. Parcels are not defined by the location of trails, brushed areas, or by information on DNR's websites, or other maps.

Comprehensive parcel and area information can be found by researching various State and Federal websites or by contacting or visiting one of the DNR Public Information Centers. A valuable resource developed by DNR is: http://dnr.alaska.gov/landrecords

This site lists links to many DNR and BLM websites where you can find information such as recorded survey plats, Federal surveys, Federal master title plats, State status plats, recorded subdivision covenants, mapping/GIS applications, and casefile summaries.

Topographic maps may be purchased from the Map Office, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 903 Koyukuk Drive, PO Box 757320, Fairbanks, Alaska 99775, (907) 474-5823; or from numerous other commercial sources. Full-size copies of the recorded survey plats are available at DNR Public Information Centers or appropriate DNR District Recorder's Offices. A nominal fee for the maps may apply. Find the appropriate DNR District Recorder's Office at: http://dnr.alaska.gov/ssd/recoff/

For more information on finding and using basic parcel information sources like surveys and casefile information, see the "Online Resources" section on the purchase information page or visit one of the DNR Public Information Centers.



Easements, Reservations, & Restrictions

All parcels are subject to all platted and valid existing easements and reservations, such as rights-of-way, building setbacks, utility easements, pedestrian easements, roads, and trails. These easements and reservations may be shown graphically on the survey plat or may be listed in the 'Notes' section of the plat, which may be detailed on a page of the recorded documents separate from the map or plan. It is your responsibility to fully review the recorded survey or subdivision plat, any reservations represented in the Auction brochure, and any other items found in the recorded land records for a complete picture of the restrictions and conditions that may affect each individual parcel. It is also your responsibility to personally and thoroughly inspect the parcel prior to submitting a bid or application to purchase. Subdivision survey plats may be viewed at the nearest DNR Public Information Center or online at: http://dnr.alaska.gov/landrecords/

All State-owned lands bordering section lines have a reserved public access easement usually 33 or 50 feet in width along each side of the section line, unless the easement has been vacated or officially removed. Contact the appropriate DNR Public Information Center before constructing access, especially within surveyed or unsurveyed section-line easements.

All public access easements, including those along public or navigable water bodies, are reserved for public use. You may not obstruct public access easements or make them unusable by the public.



RS 2477

Revised Statute 2477 is a Federal law that granted states and territories unrestricted rights-of-way over Federal lands that had no existing reservations or private entries. Historic RS 2477 trails and/or roads may exist on State-owned land, and the transfer of State-owned land into private ownership does not extinguish pre-existing rights. Some rights-of-way could potentially be improved for access across or to communities or valuable State-owned resources and land. Some may not be used at all, or may be developed only as foot trails. Others will be used as they have been in the past. If in doubt whether there is an RS 2477 right-of-way to or across a parcel, check the public land records. More information regarding RS 2477 rights-of-way is available at any of the DNR Public Information Centers and online at: http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/trails/rs2477/



Tentatively Approved Lands

The State of Alaska may not yet have received final patent from the federal government for some of the land in this offering. Such lands are designated as "tentatively approved". Title for parcels on tentatively approved land will be conditioned upon the State of Alaska receiving patent from the federal government.

In accordance with 11 AAC 67.015 Land Available, in addition to selling, leasing, or granting patented land, the division (DMLW) may conditionally sell, lease, or grant land that has been tentatively approved by the federal government for patent to the State, but that is not yet patented. A sale, lease, or grant on this conditional basis will be cancelled if the state is denied title to the land.

Based on the date of cancellation, a pro rata portion of money paid in advance to sell such land will be refunded, or may be applied to the sale of another parcel. The state has no further liability to the lessee, purchaser, or any third party for termination of the contract. The state is in no way liable for any damage that may be done to the land by the purchaser, lessee, or grantee, or liable for any claim of any third party or for any claim that may arise from ownership. If the state does receive title to the land, the conditional sale, lease, or grant then has the same effect as other sales, leases, or grants.

Ordinarily, there is little risk of loss of title associated with tentatively approved land, however, there may be practical problems including: (1) title insurance companies may not provide title insurance unless this contingency is "excepted" from coverage, and (2) banks may not loan money for construction on, or the purchase of tentatively approved lands.

In this offering, the following subdivisions are all or in part on tentatively approved land:

Crosswind Lake RRCS, Parcel 1025
Ridgeview Addition I, Parcel 1036
Kakhonak Lake RRCS, Parcel 1089
Selatna RRCS, Parcels 1093 to 1094
June Creek, Parcels 1131 to 1142
Bluff Cabin Ridge RRCS, Parcels 1156 to 1161
Clearwater Road, Parcels 1163 to 1166
Delta Oddlots, Parcels 1167 to 1169
Tok Triangle Phase IV, Parcels 1202 to 1209
Deadman Lake, Parcels 1216 to 1221
Dugan Hills RRCS, Parcels 1222 to 1223

The following OTC parcels are all or in part on tentatively approved land:

Deadman Lake, Parcels 477-1241, 477-1242, 477-1243
Chleca Lakes, Parcels 470-1041 and 472-1046



Mineral Estate

In accordance with AS 38.05.125 Reservation of Mineral Rights to Alaska, the State of Alaska retains ownership of the mineral estate, including oil, gas, coal, ore, minerals, fissionable material, geothermal resources, and fossils that may be in or upon the land that it sells. The State of Alaska and its successors reserve the right to enter onto the land for the purposes of exploring, developing, and producing these reserved mineral resources. In Alaska, this access reservation is superior to any and all surface uses. The State of Alaska may also lease these interests to mineral developers or allow mining locations to be staked.

Where they have been established, mineral orders close an area to mineral entry, thereby closing the area to new exploration and development of locatable minerals such as gold, copper, platinum, etc. Area plan subsurface management policy states that, in general, areas scheduled for disposal will be closed to new mineral entry prior to sale to minimize potential conflict between surface and subsurface users. Such mineral orders do not apply to non-locatable minerals, including oil and gas leasing, coal leasing, shallow gas leasing, or exploration licensing for such, nor do they preclude reasonable surface access to these resources. However, AS 38.05.130 Damages and Posting of Bond stipulates that the surface owner will be compensated for damages resulting from exploration and development. Information on current activity is included in the "Notes" section of the area-specific data summaries. Contact one of the DNR Public Information Centers for more information.



Oil and Gas

As discussed in the Mineral Estate section, the State of Alaska retains ownership of the mineral estate of the land which it sells. DNR's Division of Oil and Gas may issue oil and gas leases or exploration licenses which include the rights to explore for or develop the oil and/or gas on and around current and former sale parcels. Exploration Licenses encourage exploration for oil and gas on state land in areas which do not have a history of successful oil or gas production. Oil and Gas Leases give the right to produce oil and gas within the boundaries of the lease. Both leases and exploration licenses cover large areas and are unlikely to significantly impact a purchaser of the land estate. However, as stated in the Mineral Estate section, the State of Alaska and its successors reserve the right to enter onto the land for purposes of exploring, developing, and producing any mineral resources. This access reservation is superior to any and all surface uses.



Use of Your Parcel

New Construction, Development, or Improvements

Important: The State of Alaska does not allow early entry for development activity until the sale contract or patent is issued. Please contact the Land Sales and Contract Administration Section at (907) 269-8594 for additional information.

It is your responsibility to properly locate all property boundary monuments on your parcel and to contain any improvements within the parcel (11 AAC 67.020 Proper Location). No improvements, other than authorized access, may be placed or constructed within any easements or rights-of-way of record. This includes, but is not limited to, section-line easements, public access easements, road rights-of-way, utility easements, and building setbacks. It is your responsibility to obtain all necessary authorizations from Federal, State, Borough, Municipal, City, or local agencies prior to placing or constructing any improvements.



Timber and Other Materials on Site

Before receiving patent to State-owned land, you may NOT sell or remove from the parcel any surface resource such as stone, gravel, sand, peat, topsoil, timber, or any other material valuable for commercial or off-site purposes. Such materials may be used only on the parcel for the duration of the sale contract. Please contact the Land Sales and Contract Administration Section at (907) 269-8594 for additional information.

Local governments may also have additional restrictions regarding on-site material use after receiving patent. For more information contact your local government and the DNR Public Information Center.


Archaeological Sites

The Alaska Historic Preservation Act prohibits the appropriation, excavation, removal, injury, or destruction of any historic, prehistoric (paleontological), or archaeological site without a permit from the Commissioner of DNR (AS 41.35.200 Unlawful Acts). Examples of cultural resource sites that could be encountered include: historical cabin remains (collapsed, standing, or foundations) and associated historic-era artifacts; adits, dredges or other mining equipment; cultural depressions or pits; graves or cemeteries; prehistoric tools or artifacts; cairns or caches; and paleontological (fossilized) remains. Should any sites be discovered, you must cease activities that may damage the site and immediately contact the Office of History and Archaeology (OHA) in the DNR Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. To contact OHA, call (907) 269-8721 or visit: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/oha/



Restrictions on Subdividing

You may not subdivide or re-plat the land prior to receiving patent. After title is conveyed, subdividing of any parcel must comply with State or local platting requirements and with the requirements of other agencies such as the State of Alaska, Department of Environmental Conservation; the United States Army Corps of Engineers; relevant boroughs and municipalities; relevant Homeowners' Associations; etc. See "Land Records, Survey Plats, and Maps" section for additional information.



Fire and Burning Activities

Some State-owned lands are in areas with limited or no fire protection. The State of Alaska assumes no duty to fight fires in these areas. Wildfires should be considered a serious potential hazard even in areas designated for fire protection. For full descriptions of current Interagency Fire Management Plans, descriptions of fire management options, and more information, visit DNR Division of Forestry's Fire Information webpage online at: http://forestry.alaska.gov/fire/fireplans.htm

You should plan on implementing wildfire mitigation methods, including establishing a defensible space. Existing interagency programs, such as FIREWISE, can provide prospective landowners with valuable information regarding wildfire mitigation. To find out more, visit: http://firewise.org

In specific areas of the state, burning permits are required for all burning other than fires contained within an approved device, and fires used for signaling, cooking, or warming. All other burning in the permit areas requires a permit during the fire season. There are potential liabilities if your fire escapes control (AS 41.15.060 Permits, AS 41.15.090 Building or Leaving Fires). For further information regarding wildfire mitigation and burning permits, contact DNR Division of Forestry. A list of their locations, addresses, and telephone numbers may be obtained from any of the DNR Public Information Centers and online at: http://forestry.alaska.gov/divdir.htm

Municipalities may provide fire protection services. Contact the local borough or municipality for information on fire protection services for specific parcels. Volunteer fire departments may exist in areas within or without a borough or municipality. Local community organizations may have information on these resources.


Sewer and Water

No individual water supply system or sewage disposal system shall be permitted on any lot unless such system is located, constructed, and equipped in accordance with the requirements of the State of Alaska, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Approval to construct, install, or operate such systems must be obtained from DEC. Many of the subdivisions included in these land offerings have some restrictions on the types of sewage disposal systems allowed. For more information on a particular subdivision or parcel, please refer to the survey plat and contact the appropriate DEC regional office. If any such systems exist on parcels in these offerings, the State of Alaska makes no representations or warranties, expressed nor implied, concerning the existence or condition of such items. It is your responsibility to personally and thoroughly inspect the parcels prior to submitting a bid or application and buyers assume all responsibility for such items. Refer to the "Existing Improvements" and "Hazardous Materials and Potential Contaminants" sections for additional information and disclaimers.



Waters of the United States and Wetlands

Some State-owned land offerings contain waters of the United States, including wetlands. Section 10 of the Federal Rivers and Harbors Act requires a permit for any structures or work in navigable waters of the United States, which includes those waters subject to the ebb and flow of the tide, and/or presently used, have been used in the past, or may be used in the future, to transport interstate or foreign commerce. Section 404 of the Federal Clean Water Act requires a permit for the discharge of dredged or fill material into all waters of the United States, including wetlands.

Wetlands perform many important functions, including providing habitat for wildlife, preserving water quality, providing flood protection, and enhancing groundwater recharge. Before placing any dredged or fill material in wetlands and/or waters (for example, to build a road, or any other land clearing activities), and/or before working or placing any structures in such waters (for example, dredging or constructing a dock or pier), purchasers must obtain a permit from the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

Working or building structures in waters of the United States and/or discharging dredged or fill material into waters of the United States, including wetlands, without a valid permit may result in civil fines or criminal charges. A wetland determination or delineation may be required before any construction can occur. For a wetland determination on your parcel or more information on permit requirements contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District at (800) 478-2712 or visit http://www.poa.usace.army.mil/


Water Rights and Usage

Depending on your usage, construction plans, or demand relative to supply of water in the area, you may be required to obtain a water right or permit. Certain activities involving the diversion of water, even temporary routing during trail or road construction, may require advance authorizations. Contact DNR DMLW's Water Resources Section for more information. Information and applications are also available at any of the DNR Public Information Centers and online at: http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/water/



Fish & Wildlife Habitat


Fish Habitat Requirements

The Fishway Act (AS 16.05.841), requires that an individual or governmental agency notify and obtain authorization from DFG, Division of Habitat, for activities within or across a stream used by fish if DFG determines that such uses or activities could represent an impediment to the efficient passage of fish.

The Anadromous Fish Act (AS 16.05.871) requires that an individual or governmental agency provide prior notification and obtain approval from DFG Division of Habitat "to construct a hydraulic project or use, divert, obstruct, pollute, or change the natural flow or bed" of an anadromous water body or "to use wheeled, tracked, or excavating equipment or log-dragging equipment in the bed" of an anadromous water body. All activities within or across an anadromous water body and all instream activities affecting a specified anadromous water body require approval from DFG, Division of Habitat. A list of common activities requiring permits is available at: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=uselicense.main

Activities include, but are not limited to stream diversion; streambank or streambed disturbance (boat launches or dock construction for example); gravel removal; stream crossings; bridge or culvert construction and maintenance; streambank restoration/protection and erosion control; stream fluming; ice bridge/road construction; placer mining activities; recreational suction dredging; and use of explosives near stream corridors.

If you conduct any activity below the ordinary high water of an anadromous water body or impede the efficient passage of fish without notifying and receiving the prior written approval from DFG, you may be violating State law and this may lead to the charge of a misdemeanor. Contact DFG, Division of Habitat, for more information on obtaining permits.


Wildlife

There is always the possibility of encountering bears and other wildlife when in remote or even urban locations in Alaska. DFG's website (listed below) makes the following suggestions:

  • Avoid surprising bears at close distance; look for signs of bears and make plenty of noise.
  • Avoid crowding bears; respect their "personal space."
  • Avoid attracting bears through improper handling of food or garbage.
  • Plan ahead, stay calm, identify yourself, and don't run.

We remind you to be aware of your surroundings and diligent when in the Alaska outdoors. Bears and all wild animals deserve your attention and respect. For additional information on traveling and working near wildlife, please contact any of the DNR Public Information Centers or visit the following websites:
Provided by DFG:
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=livingwithbears.main
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=livewith.moose
Provided by DNR Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation:
http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/safety/bears.htm

Development activities may potentially displace wildlife. You are encouraged to contact DFG for information on how to minimize conflicts with wildlife.


Hunting Seasons and Taking Game in Defense of Life or Property

Inspection and recreation periods may overlap with certain hunting seasons. Check with the State of Alaska, Department of Fish and Game (DFG) to find out the hunting season dates for specific areas. More information is available at: http://adfg.alaska.gov

DFG regulations allow taking game in defense of life or property only when all other practical means to protect life and property have been exhausted and the necessity for taking the animal is not brought about by harassment or provocation of the animal, by unreasonable invasion of the animal's habitat, or by the improper disposal of garbage or a similar attractive nuisance.


5 AAC 92.410 Taking Game in Defense of Life or Property

  • (a) Nothing in 5 AAC prohibits a person from taking game in defense of life or property if
    • (1) the necessity for the taking is not brought about by harassment or provocation of the animal, or by an unreasonable invasion of the animal's habitat;
    • (2) the necessity for the taking is not brought about by the improper disposal of garbage or a similar attractive nuisance; and
    • (3) all other practicable means to protect life and property are exhausted before the game is taken.
  • (b) Game taken in defense of life or property is the property of the State. A person taking game under this subsection shall immediately
    • (1) salvage and surrender to DFG the
      • (A) hide and skull of a bear, completely removed from the carcass, and including all attached claws;
      • (B) hide and skull of fur animals or furbearers;
      • (C) meat and antlers or horns of ungulates;
      • (D) meat of all other game not specified in (A) - (C) of this paragraph;
    • (2) notify DFG of the taking; and
    • (3) submit to DFG a completed questionnaire concerning the circumstances of taking of the game within 15 days after taking the game.
  • (c) As used in this section, "property" means
    • (1) a dwelling, permanent or temporary;
    • (2) an aircraft, boat, automobile, or other conveyance;
    • (3) a domesticated animal;
    • (4) other property of substantial value necessary for the livelihood or survival of the owner.


Eagle Nesting Sites and Seasons of Restricted Activity Nearby

Federal law prohibits any disturbance of bald eagles or their nests, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) enforces this law. The USFWS generally recommends no clearing of vegetation within 330 feet of any nest. Additionally, no construction or other potentially disturbing activity should occur within 660 feet of any nest between March 1 and June 1. Further, between June 1 and August 31, no construction activity should occur within 660 feet of active eagle nests until after juvenile birds have fledged. Nest trees should not be disturbed at all. Consult with USFWS on the siting of structures and roads or cutting mature trees within 330 feet of a nest tree.


Migratory Birds

The Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act prohibits the disturbance or destruction of nest areas during nesting season. Nearly all bird species in Alaska are migratory and subject to protection under the Act. Compliance with the Act would preclude road construction activities during nesting season. Additional information is available from the USFWS at: http://www.fws.gov/pacific/migratorybirds/



State Lands Near Your Parcel

Use of Adjacent State-Owned Land

Uses of unreserved State-owned land, other than those uses stated in 11 AAC 96.020 Generally Allowed Uses, may require a land use authorization from DNR. Certain activities, such as harvesting firewood or clearing viewsheds may require a permit in advance and there is no guarantee of approval.


Multiple Uses

Land sales described in offering brochures are only one of the disposal or allowed uses that may occur in any given area. A variety of other authorized uses such as mining or timber sales, commercial or personal recreation, trapping, or resource harvest can and do occur on Municipal, State, Federal, and private lands near the parcels listed for sale. Such uses not only affect adjacent land, but also roads that are intended for access to those areas. Large truck and heavy equipment traffic may occur, and in some cases, noise, dust, or other activities may be perceived as a nuisance to neighboring users. Occasionally, small roads or trails are developed, improved, and maintained to accommodate increased traffic. It is strongly recommended that you take this into consideration when applying to purchase land through these offerings.



Future Offerings

The State of Alaska reserves the right to offer additional parcels of land adjacent to or near previously sold parcels, thereby potentially increasing the population density or frequency of use in an area. Public notices about potential State disposals are available at:
http://notice.alaska.gov and http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/landsale/public_notice



Local Administrative & Governing Authorities


Homeowners' Associations

Some subdivisions were created with the framework for a homeowners' association in place as authorized by 11 AAC 67.025 Homeowners' Association. Homeowners' associations may be established to handle such tasks as constructing or maintaining roads, trails, easements, and related drainage improvements within the subdivision; managing reserved or common areas; establishing common sewer or water systems serving a subdivision; and other necessary services, particularly until a unit of local government is able and willing to assume responsibility for them. If a subdivision has a homeowners' association, it is typical that subsequent purchasers of parcels automatically become members, which may involve fees or recurring dues. To find out if a subdivision has an active, incorporated homeowners' association, contact the appropriate DNR District Recorder's Office(s), which can be identified at: http://dnr.alaska.gov/ssd/recoff/findYourDistrict.cfm/

Additional information may also be available from the State of Alaska, Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, Division of Corporation, Business, and Professional Licensing, at (907) 465-2530, or online at: http://commerce.alaska.gov/dnn/cbpl/home.aspx

Note that most of these homeowner's associations are not active, but could become active in the future through a vote of property owners in the subdivision. The primary function of many homeowners' associations that remain active is the maintenance of access routes and common areas.



Borough/Municipality Authority

Parcels may be subject to zoning, restrictions, easements, and setbacks imposed by the local government (borough or city). Parcels with no incorporated local government may become part of a municipality in the future should the local community decide to incorporate.



Taxes

Parcels may be subject to taxes and assessments levied by local taxing authorities. Parcels with no incorporated local government may become part of a municipality in the future should the local community decide to incorporate and could be subject to taxes at that time. Local taxing authorities are noted on the data summaries for each area as of the date of publication. Failure to make timely payment of all taxes and assessments due on parcels purchased under contract with the State of Alaska is a violation of the purchase contract and may result in contract termination.

Public Information Offices

Southcentral Regional Office
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1360
Anchorage, AK 99501-3557
Phone: 907-269-8400
Fax: 907-269-8901

Northern Regional Office
3700 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99709-4699
Phone: 907-451-2705
Fax: 907-451-2706

Southeast Regional Office
Southeast Regional Office
400 Willoughby Ave., Suite 400
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: 907-465-3400
Fax: 907-465-3886

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