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LAND USE POLICIES
Table of Contents
These Land Use
Policies govern the uses of NANA's land and guide the Land
Department in carrying out their day to day management
responsibilities. They were approved by NANA's Board of Directors on
March 22, 1983, revised on August 8, 1990, and remain in effect
until amended by Resolution of the Board.
policies were developed over a period of several years following:
staff work, a number of meetings held in our villages, discussions
and study by the NANA Board of Directors, and consultation with the
Region's other major land managers. (top)
NANA stockholders, their spouses, children, and
Categories of User Groups:
Shareholders - personal use
Shareholders - commercial use
Community Project - small project administered and funded bay a
Nonshareholders - personal use
Nonshareholders - commercial use
Private Companies Including Kikiktagruk Inupiat Corporation
Governmental Use - state and federal
Section 7(i): Section 7(i) requires NANA to share a percentage of
the revenues it receives from the sale of certain resources, such as
sand, gravel, minerals and coal, with the other Native Corporations.
To meet this requirement, NANA must keep records of all 7(i)
resources that are used and their fair market value. (top)
GENERAL LAND MANAGEMENT
is the primary and highest priority use of NANA's lands and all
other land management policies will be in support of subsistence
will protect and where possible enhance the natural resources on its
will receive fair compensation for the commercial use of its land
may set lower prices to the extent possible under the provisions of
7(i) for the use of its resources for government funded projects
that are of benefit to the region so as to not unnecessarily raise
the costs of village capital improvements.
While NANA recognizes that certain uses such as mining will disturb
the land, all use of NANA lands will to the extent possible minimize
WILL NOT SELL ITS CORPORATE LANDS.
Staff will issue permits for various uses of NANA's lands however,
all requests for leases will be brought before the Board of
Directors for action.
staff will consult with affected village IRA Councils and, where
appropriate, groups of villages representing geographic areas as set
forth in Article VIII of NANA's bylaws prior to making decisions
regarding land uses that would affect lands that would have been
owned by the villages had they not merged with NANA. The IRA
Council's decision will become NANA's final decision.
Commercial and governmental users of NANA's lands will pay the
reasonable costs incurred by NANA to administer and monitor their
use of NANA's lands.
NANA's land use policies will support the general corporate policies
of encouraging shareholder hire and providing shareholders with
NANA will notify adjacent land owners of permitted activities on
NANA lands when appropriate. (top)
MINERALS: SAND AND GRAVEL
permit will be required for all sand and gravel taken from NANA
and gravel will be sold at fair market value with the price of each
sale negotiated on a case by case basis. Sand and gravel may be sold
for less than fair market value, depending on a project's source of
funding, its importance to the region, and its use of shareholder
sand and gravel extraction on NANA lands will follow the procedures
developed by NANA in its model sand and gravel sales agreement.(top)
Personal and Community Project Users
permit will be required for all sand and gravel taken from NANA
and gravel can only be taken from designated sand and gravel pits. A
procedure for designation of village gravel pits will be
will not charge for sand and gravel taken for shareholder personal
use. A reasonable fee may be charged nonshareholders for sand and
gravel taken for their personal use.
may reduce or waive fees for sand and gravel for community projects,
depending upon the nature of the project and the degree to which
shareholders are employed.
the villages outside of Kotzebue, NANA may contract with the village
IRA Councils, if they are willing, to manage sand and gravel
extraction. The Council will issue permits, keep records of the sand
and gravel taken, and make monthly reports to the NANA Land
Department. In Kotzebue, NANA will negotiate with KIC to perform
these functions. (top)
encourages the use of local materials, including coal, for local
Government and private entities wanting to conduct coal inventories
on NANA land are required to get a permit from the NANA Land
will develop detailed policies regarding coal if serious mining
proposals are put forward. (top)
MINERALS: SHAREHOLDER MINING
1. Once a
program is developed, each village will decide which of its
surrounding lands may be opened to mining by individual
shareholders. In cases where there is an overlap between villages,
either village can veto mining on that tract of land.
Preference for mining leases will be given to shareholders that
staked mining claims on NANA lands before ANCSA but later lost them
for a variety of reasons.
mining is allowed, mineral rights will not be sold, rather mining
leases with NANA will be issued, and NANA, as required by 7(i), will
take a percentage of the value of the minerals mined as a royalty.
will work with the Region's other major land owners - KIC, the Park
Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service and the State of Alaska - to develop a cooperative timber
protection of subsistence resources is of highest priority in all
timber management decisions.
NANA will manage its timber resource to provide a
sustained flow of firewood and building materials for local
will explore the feasibility of initiating a reforestation program.
the villages outside of Kotzebue, NANA may contract with the village
IRA Council, if they are willing, to administer its timber
management plan. The village will help NANA designate cutting areas
and be responsible for issuing permits, collecting fees, and keeping
records of timber harvested from NANA lands surrounding their
village. In Kotzebue, NANA will negotiate with KIC to perform these
functions on its 12(c) selections. (top)
NANA shareholders may cut firewood for personal use on lands NANA
designates, without a permit, at no charge.
Nonshareholders may cut firewood for personal use upon receipt of a
permit from the local entity NANA designates.
Firewood Cutting Areas
will, in consultation with each village IRA Council, and KIC for
12(c) selections around Kotzebue, and in accordance with its timber
management plan, designate areas around each village as firewood
cutting areas and mark trees to be cut.
permit will be required to cut firewood that is to be
nonshareholders, 10 cents per linear foot-about $25/average cargo
sled load administrative fee will be charged for commercial
firecutting permits. There will be no charge for
limit may be placed on how much wood a person may commercially cut.
TIMBER: HOUSE LOGS AND LUMBER
When and Where
to Allow Harvests
Timber harvests will be allowed that are consistent with NANA's
timber management plan.
will identify areas where timber can be cut in its timber management
plan. Prior to timber harvests, trees to be cut will be
persons, including shareholders, wishing to harvest timber from
NANA's lands are required to apply for a timber cutting
Permits will include conditions for harvests such as location of
harvest, time of harvest, method of harvest, log transportation
method and route, reforestation requirements, and shareholder
employment conditions for commercial and governmental
Shareholders may cut timber on designated NANA lands for their
personal use and for community projects at no charge.
will charge 25 cents per linear foot for timber harvested on NANA
lands by nonshareholders, governmental, and commercial users. This
price will be reviewed and changed from time to time. (top)
1. NANA will
work with the other major landholders in the region to develop a
cooperative fire management plan.
Fires on grazing lands or which threaten villages or subsistence
campsites or cabins should not be allowed to burn. (top)
HUNTING AND FISHING
NANA policies on
hunting and fishing address who may enter NANA lands to engage in
these activities. The State of Alaska and the federal government
regulate the actual harvest of fish and game on all land in the
State, including NANA's land.
maintenance of subsistence hunting and fishing activities on NANA
lands is of highest priority. NANA lands are therefore closed to
hunting and fishing except for the groups listed below.
Subsistence hunting is allowed without a permit for the following
Natives living outside the region who traditionally hunt in the
Hunting and fishing by non-shareholders who have been a permanent
resident in the region for at least five (5) years and have
traditional and customary use of fish and game may hunt and fish on
NANA lands with a permit from NANA or a designated representative of
the village IRA. (top)
shareholder trapping may continue on NANA lands without a
Nonshareholders may be required to obtain a permit from the local
IRA Council to trap on NANA lands. A fee may be charged for the
does not settle trapline disputes; it refers them to the appropriate
village IRA Council or to KIC Land Committee to be settled. (top)
guides are prohibited from operating on NANA lands. (top)
GUIDES: RECREATIONAL AND
and fishing guides and outfitters must obtain a permit from NANA for
the use of any NANA lands other than designated public easements. A
fee will be charged for such permits; the amount will vary depending
on the use. (top)
1. All camps on
NANA lands must be cleaned up after their use. (top)
Shareholder subsistence and recreational camps, and camps in support
of search and rescue activities, are allowed on NANA lands without a
Permits are required for all nonshareholder camps.
Permits are required for all semi-permanent camps and for the
construction of all cabins and other permanent structures on camps
located on NANA's lands.
Renewable permits are required for shareholder groups wishing to run
seasonal camps in locations other than the Sivuniigvik.
Groups wishing to establish camps in support of scientific,
government, or commercial activities, including recreational and
fishing guiding, are required to obtain a permit from the NANA land
approval is necessary for long term leases for semi-permanent camps
in support of commercial activities such as mining exploration or
may stipulate conditions on camping permits including but not
limited to cleanup requirements, the use of cabins, and a maximum
lot size for cabins of 80 feet by 100 feet.
There will be no fee for camping permits issued to shareholders or
will charge reasonable fees for the camping permits it issues to
nonshareholders, and to commercial and governmental groups. The fee
may be based on factors including but not limited to the duration of
time the camp will remain on NANA lands, the location of the camp,
and the number of shareholders using the camp or employed by the
permit holder. (top)
1. The NANA Land
Department will issue annual permits for personal gardens on NANA
lands at no fee to shareholder and nonshareholder
will issue renewable 5 year agriculture leases with NANA board
approval to community gardening projects and to individual
shareholders at no fee.
NANA board will review nonshareholder applications for agricultural
leases exceeding one year.
will issue agricultural leases with Board approval to shareholders
at no fee for commercial agricultural projects.
may issue agricultural leases to nonshareholders with Board approval
at reasonable fees for commercial agricultural projects. (top)
1. All persons,
agencies or institutions wishing to conduct scientific research on
NANA lands are required to first obtain a permit from the NANA Land
Department. The permits will require 1) NANA be kept informed of the
study's progress and findings; 2) that NANA receive copies of all
publications resulting from the study; 3) the use of shareholders as
technicians and as logistical support personnel; and 4) possible
minor program modifications be made to obtain data necessary for
NANA projects. (top)
1. NANA will
insure protection of all historic and cultural sites designated by
NANA on its lands. (top)
ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND/OR BURIAL SITE
1. NANA requires
immediate notification of any archaeological and/or burial sites
found during any activity on NANA lands.
may require that activities stop until the archaeological or burial
site can be fully investigated.
owns any artifacts that are discovered on NANA lands except
miscellaneous items discovered by shareholders. (top)
1. The Third
Scout Battalion of the Army National Guard is the only military unit
to which a permit will be issued. The National Guard is required to
obtain a permit from NANA before undertaking any activities on NANA
lands. Other units wishing to conduct maneuvers on NANA lands must
work through the Third Scout Battalion.
There is no charge for military use permits. However, the Guard is
responsible for paying costs associated with NANA's monitoring their
compliance with permit conditions. (top)
1. All aircraft
downed on NANA lands must be removed at the owner's
Owners of airplanes downed on NANA lands are required to notify NANA
of the planes location within 72 hours of the accident and obtain a
permit from the NANA land department for the plane's timely
may waive the requirement for removal of downed aircraft if removal
would cause unacceptable resource damage or cause threats to human
Aircraft not removed by the owner after proper notification
become NANA property.
aircraft or aircraft parts may be removed from NANA lands without a
permit from the NANA land department. (top)
Opportunities on Native Allotments
will inform allotment owners of potential economic opportunities for
their land and its resources.
NANA will not compete with allotment owners for economic
NANA will work with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to
develop a procedure whereby NANA is notified in advance regarding
any potential sales of Native allotment within the
will attempt to obtain the right of first refusal to buy Native
allotments in the NANA region that are to be sold to
staff will asses any proposed trade on a case by case basis and the
NANA Board will decide whether any particular trade will be made.
will work with the BLM to manage the easements it has reserved on
NANA lands. NANA will negotiate with BLM to contract with either
NANA or directly with the villages to mark easements.
will negotiate with BLM to contract with the villages to perform
necessary management tasks on BLM easements on NANA lands. (top)
EASEMENTS: OVERLAND TRANSPORT OF HEAVY EQUIPMENT
permit from NANA is required for the transport of heavy equipment
and vehicles across NANA lands.
NANA's permit system will be similair to the one used by BLM and at
a minimum will require 1) NANA to consult with affected village IRA
Councils prior to issuing a permit; 2) the applicant to show that
the proposed move will not damage NANA lands; and 3) the applicant
to post a bond sufficient to pay the cost of restoring any areas
will work with adjacent landowners/managers to ensure that permit
stipulations for any particular overland move are consistent.
that Cause Damage
Requests for overland transports that will cause damage to NANA
lands will be evaluated using such criteria as the need for the
transport, alternatives for moving the equipment, and the damage
that will result from the transport.
will consult with the affected village IRA Councils about the need
for the transport, the route where the least damage will occur, and
the probable damages that will result. (top)
will post signs and maps at major entry ways to the Region,
airports, river entrances - that show major geographic features,
easement locations, and tell visitors that they are entering private
property. The NANA Land Department's phone number will be listed on
the signs for individuals requiring further information.
will aggressively pursue trespass violations that result in damage
to NANA lands and/or loss of resources within reasonable cost and
staff time limitations. (top)
develop additional land use policies for topics not