BSNC received approximately 2.1 million acres. Most of this land is the subsurface estate underlying the various village corporation surface lands. The subsurface estate provides BSNC the rights to all minerals and materials contained therein. BSNC also received approximately 145,000 acres of surface and subsurface estate. These tracts are outside of the village lands and were selected for their mineral or other natural resource (including subsistence) potential.
The general answer is “no.” BSNC’s policy treats the land as a shareholder-owned asset and, as such, the land cannot be sold. However, in the event of road construction or some other project that benefits the region, BSNC may sell easements. In special circumstances, BSNC may exchange lands with the federal or state government or private individuals if the interests of the corporation and shareholders are served by the exchange.
Shareholders may apply for a campsite within the BSNC Campsite Program
Yes. Special land use permits are required if a specific location is to be occupied for more than 24 hours.
Yes, but only if they are a resident of the region.
Yes. Shareholders need to contact the Land and Resource Department and obtain an exploration or mining agreement for mineral exploration.
Native-owned lands are subject to all US Fish and Wildlife and State of Alaska fish and game regulations.
Yes, but they need to obtain a land use permit. The terms, conditions and fees for such activities must be determined prior to any such activity. BSNC encourages shareholders who would like to develop profit-making ventures to contact the Land and Resource Department.
No. BSNC does not allow unauthorized digging for artifacts on BSNC land. Archaeological materials are considered part of the surface estate. Unauthorized removal of archaeological materials from village or regional corporation land is illegal. BSNC will prosecute individuals who illegally remove artifacts from BSNC land.
Trespass is a difficult crime to enforce and prosecute. BSNC will pursue cases of trespass and will notify the Alaska State Troopers when trespass occurs.
Only where there are existing trails and/or easements. This policy helps preserve the fragile tundra environment.
Contact the BSNC Land and Resource department. They will be happy to answer questions.
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