Dunleavy proposes legislation opening certain state lands for private ownership

Published: Apr. 29, 2021 at 4:32 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Governor Mike Dunleavy has introduced legislation which would allow certain state lands to be purchased by Alaskans.

The legislation, if passed, would open up 10-acre plots of land scattered across the state. Interested Alaskans would then have a chance to either purchase, lease, or operate the land under permit. The acreage, if purchased, can be used however the owner wishes.

Marty Parsons, Director of the Division of Mining, Land and Water with the Department of Natural Resources estimates that several million acres will be made available.

The land in question is designated as vacant, unappropriated and unreserved. Parsons explained, “The legislature hasn’t set it aside, so state parks, state game refuges, those types of things would not be available; but if it’s classified as either agriculture, grazing, settlement, resource management... there’s a whole wide variety of different land classifications that we would look at to make available. We’re in the process of reviewing those to get an idea of how much land and where it’s located.”

The legislation was introduced to the Alaska Senate and House of Representatives. It’s been assigned to the Finance and Resources Committees in both chambers.

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