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Alaska State Office
Release Date: 08/30/13
Contacts: Erin Curtis, 907-271-4418,    
  KJ Mushovic, 907-271-3322,    
News Release No. 13-24

BLM-Alaska Issues Patents for over 379,000 Acres

ANCHORAGE, AK—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today issued patents for just over 379,758 acres.
BLM-Alaska State Director Bud Cribley said, “BLM-Alaska is committed to the efficient transfer of lands in order to complete the land transfer program in Alaska.”
BLM transferred these lands out of the public domain under the provisions of the Alaska Statehood Act and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA).
Patents issued today included:
182,289.98 acres to the State of Alaska east of the Kuskokwim River in western Alaska;
127,549.47 acres to Kugkaktlik Limited, the ANCSA corporation for the village of Kipnuk in the vicinity of Kuskokwim Bay;
60,670.33 acres to NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. in northwest Alaska;
9,248.52 acres to The Kuskokwim Corporation south of the Kuskokwim River in western Alaska.

BLM-Alaska surveys and conveys lands in Alaska mainly under three statutes: the Native Allotment Act of 1906; the Alaska Statehood Act, and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.  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.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.

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Last updated: 08-30-2013