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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
BLM-Alaska State Office
 
Release Date: 04/24/13
Contacts: Erin Curtis, 907-271-4418, ecurtis@blm.gov    
  Thom Jennings, 907-271-3335, tjenning@blm.gov    
News Release No. 13-10

BLM-Alaska Patents over 700,000 Acres to State of Alaska


ANCHORAGE, AK—The Bureau of Land Management held a signing ceremony patenting a large block of land near Sleetmute to the State of Alaska.  BLM-Alaska State Director Bud Cribley signed the patent and presented the final documents to Alaska Department of Natural Resources Deputy Commissioner Ed Fogels.

“Getting to today’s signing ceremony is the result of a lot of cooperation and collaboration with the State of Alaska,” Cribley said.

The 729,000 acres patented today were previously conveyed to the State in Tentative Approval (TA) status, subject to survey. The BLM completed survey in 2011, leading to final patent.  The lands are located along the Kuskokwim River about 100 miles downriver from McGrath.  About 5 million acres of the State’s 105-million-acre total allotment remain to be conveyed under the Statehood Act. About 37 million of that 105 million acres have been conveyed with Tentative Approval and are just awaiting survey for final patent.

For more than 30 years, the BLM has been involved with the survey and conveyance of lands in Alaska under three statutes: the Native Allotment Act of 1906; the Alaska Statehood Act, and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). The work being done to implement these laws is collectively called the Alaska Land Transfer Program. When completed, over 150 million acres, approximately 42% of the land area in Alaska, will have been transferred from federal to state and private ownership.

Cribley said that today’s signing comes at a pivotal time in the BLM’s Land Transfer Program.

“We just completed a comprehensive inventory and analysis of our Land Transfer Program and can now clearly see what is left to accomplish,” he said. “We are laying out a plan to finish the job, and taking action on all fronts, maximizing the resources we’re given to expedite actions and get to completion.”

NOTE TO EDITORS:  Photos available from signing ceremony. Please contact ecurtis@blm.gov or call 907-271-4418


he BLM manages more land – 256 million surface acres – than any other Federal agency. Most of this public land is located in 12 Western States, including 75 million in Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, and cultural resources on the public lands.
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BLM-Alaska State Office   222 W. 7th Avenue, #13      Anchorage, AK 99513-7504  

Last updated: 07-19-2013