When Alaska finally got around to addressing aboriginal land claims by Alaska Natives, the search for a way to get the oil from Prudhoe Bay to the lower 48 was in full swing. *What resulted was the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA). *Instead of creating a reservation system as had been done in other places, the state was divided into 12 regions. *Each with it's own unique cultural makeup. *A Regional Corporation owned by the natives of the region was established and conveyed large tracts of land and business opportunities so they could determine their own destiny. *Within the 12 regions, Village Corporations were established for local independence. *The conveyance of land was determined by the population and historic use of the lands. *A thirteenth corporation was added later, but did not receive land conveyances. *Combined, these 12 regional and approx 220 village corporations have title or selection rights to some 44 million acres of land within Alaska. *44 million acres sounds like a lot doesn't it? *It actually comprises a mere 12% of the state. *The State of Alaska has title to around 20% of the State or about 105 million acres. *Pretty much the rest of it is Federal (Parks, Preserves, Wildlife Refuges, National Forests). *The numbers are a little vague at this time because Alaska has yet to be fully surveyed, so we don't know exactly how much land there is. *I've seen numbers from 365 million acres to 398 million acres....
Anyway, back to Native Corporations. *It is important to note that these corporation lands are private lands and hunters, fisherman, visitors, and other recreationists realize they must first contact these corporations before assuming it is okay to use their land for any purpose. *I will not go into detail on what the policies are for each corporation, because I do not know. *Until this subsistence issue is solved up here some have closed their lands to entry. *However, each and every one have their own policies.
When you find the area you are wanting to hunt, fish, camp or visit, contact ADF&G, the National Park Service, US Forest Service to find out where private lands are within their boundaries. *The Bureau of Land Management is also a good place to start.
or, use the links below and learn about the corporations, their land use policies and other interesting facts.
Why did I post this? *I am not a shareholder of any of the corporations, but do respect them and their right to manage THEIR land. *Just as you have your philosphy of what happens on land you own, so do they. *Please respect their wishes.