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Sec. 16.20.040. [Renumbered as AS 16.20.075 ].

Repealed or Renumbered

Sec. 16.20.041. McNeil River State Game Refuge.

(a) The following state-owned land and water, including the tideland but exclusive of marine water and submerged land, lying within the parcels described in this subsection is established as the McNeil River State Game Refuge:

Township 10 South, Range 29 West, Seward Meridian

Section 19: S1/2

Section 20: SW1/4

Section 29: W1/2

Sections 30 - 31

Township 10 South, Range 30 West, Seward Meridian

Section 3: SW1/4

Section 4: SE1/4

Sections 10 - 11

Sections 14 - 16

Section 17: E1/2

Sections 20 - 23

Sections 25 - 29

Section 30: SE1/4

Section 31: NE1/4, S1/2

Sections 32 - 36

Township 11 South, Range 29 West, Seward Meridian

Sections 1 - 35

Section 36, except Nordyke Island and its tideland

Township 11 South, Range 30 West, Seward Meridian

Sections 1 - 36

Township 11 South, Range 31 West, Seward Meridian

Sections 1 - 36

Township 11 South, Range 32 West, Seward Meridian

Sections 1 - 36, except land within Katmai National Park and Preserve

Township 12 South, Range 31 West, Seward Meridian

Sections 1 - 36

Township 12 South, Range 32 West, Seward Meridian

Sections 1 - 36, except land within Katmai National Park and Preserve

Township 13 South, Range 33 West, Seward Meridian

Section 1, except land within Katmai National Park and Preserve.

(b) The McNeil River State Game Refuge is established to

(1) provide permanent protection for brown bear and other fish and wildlife populations and their habitats, so that these resources may be preserved for scientific, aesthetic, and educational purposes;

(2) manage human use and activities in a way that is compatible with (1) of this subsection and to maintain and enhance the unique bear viewing opportunities in the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary established under AS 16.20.160 ;

(3) provide opportunities that are compatible with (1) of this subsection for wildlife viewing, fisheries enhancement, fishing, hunting, and trapping, for temporary safe anchorage, and for other activities.

(c) The Board of Game shall determine whether hunting of brown bears within the McNeil River State Game Refuge should be prohibited.

(d) The use and enjoyment of valid rights and interests in mineral claims, including the right of access, within the McNeil River State Game Refuge is protected. This subsection does not affect the power of the commissioner of natural resources to open or close land within the McNeil River State Game Refuge to new mineral entry under AS 38.05.185 - 38.05.275.

(e) The department and the Department of Natural Resources

(1) may not enter into sales of land within the McNeil River State Game Refuge;

(2) may enter into leases within the McNeil River State Game Refuge if the commissioner finds that activity conducted under the lease is compatible with the purposes for which the refuge is established;

(3) may not accept transfer of state selected land from the federal government, or conveyance of other land, within the refuge if the land is subject to

(A) a lease, easement, or other right to operate or maintain a private facility on the land or to conduct a private enterprise on the land; or

(B) a continuing trespass by an unauthorized private facility or private enterprise.

(f) The commissioner shall prepare a report and notify the legislature of its availability by January 30 of each year on

(1) the status of the brown bears and other fish and wildlife resources within the McNeil River State Game Refuge; and

(2) the effect of hunting, fishing, and trapping, fishery enhancement activity, and mineral resource development on these resources.

Sec. 16.20.050. Multiple land use.

Where the use, lease, or disposal of real property in state game refuges created by AS 16.20.010 - 16.20.080 is under the control or jurisdiction of the state, whether through federal permit or state ownership, the responsible state department or agency shall notify the commissioner of fish and game before initiating any use, lease, or disposal of real property. The commissioner shall acknowledge receipt of notice by return mail.

Sec. 16.20.060. Submission of plans and specifications.

If the commissioner so determines, the commissioner shall, in the letter of acknowledgment required under AS 16.20.050 , require the person or governmental agency to submit full plans for the anticipated use, full plans and specifications of proposed construction work, complete plans and specifications for the proper protection of fish and game, and the approximate date when the construction or work is to commence, and shall require the person or governmental agency to obtain the written approval of the commissioner as to the sufficiency of the plans or specifications before construction is commenced. The commissioner shall abide by the principle that recognizes preferences among beneficial uses as more particularly set forth in art. VIII of the state constitution.

Sec. 16.20.070. Relationship to other laws.

AS 16.20.050 and 16.05.060 do not affect AS 16.05.871 - 16.05.891.

Sec. 16.20.075. Regulations.

The board shall, under AS 16.05, adopt regulations governing the taking of game on state game refuges it considers advisable for conservation and protection purposes.

Sec. 16.20.080. Definitions.

In AS 16.20.010 - 16.20.080

(1) "board" means the Board of Game;

(2) "game" means any species of bird and mammal, including a feral mammal, but excluding domestic birds and mammals.

Article 02. STATE GAME SANCTUARIES

Sec. 16.20.090. Legislative findings; purpose of AS 16.20.090 - 16.20.098.

(a) The legislature recognizes that

(1) the Walrus Islands are the sole remaining place in the state where walruses annually haul out on land and all similar "hauling grounds" in the state which were formerly utilized have been abandoned by walruses due to excessive molestation and slaughter;

(2) the Walrus Islands are uninhabited, and the walruses frequenting them are not required by the state for subsistence utilization;

(3) the Walrus Islands have great importance as a retreat for the Pacific walrus from the standpoints of conservation, scientific value, and tourist interest;

(4) the Department of Natural Resources has taken appropriate action to achieve transfer of title in the Walrus Islands to the state.

(b) The purpose of AS 16.20.090 - 16.20.098 is to protect the walruses and other game on the Walrus Islands.

Sec. 16.20.092. Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary established.

The following land areas in Bristol Bay and adjacent state waters are established as a state game sanctuary to be known as the Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary:

(1) Round Island;

(2) Crooked Island;

(3) High Island;

(4) Summit Island;

(5) The Twins;

(6) Black Rock.

Sec. 16.20.094. Authority to administer.

The boards may adopt regulations governing entry, development, construction, hunting, fishing, and all other uses or activities not in conflict with AS 16.20.096 and 16.20.098 for the purpose of preserving the natural habitat and the fish and game of the Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary.

Sec. 16.20.096. Multiple use.

Oil and mineral exploration and development is permitted on the Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary in accordance with state or federal laws and regulations, subject to the limitations of AS 16.20.098 and to additional limitations jointly determined by the commissioner of natural resources and the commissioner of fish and game to assure compatible multiple land use practices.

Sec. 16.20.098. Sale prohibited; authorized leasing.

Land in the Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary may not be sold. It may be leased only as mineral land as authorized in regulations of the Department of Natural Resources.

Sec. 16.20.100. [Renumbered as AS 16.20.090 (b)].

Repealed or Renumbered

Sec. 16.20.110. - 16.20.140. [Renumbered as AS 16.20.092 - 16.20.098].

Repealed or Renumbered

Sec. 16.20.150. Stan Price State Wildlife Sanctuary.

(a) The state-owned tide and submerged land and water within the following described parcels is established as a state wildlife sanctuary to be known as the Stan Price State Wildlife Sanctuary:

Township 46 South, Range 69 East, Copper River Meridian

Section 5: W1/2, W1/2E1/2

Section 6: SE1/4SE1/4

Section 7: NE1/4NE1/4

Section 8: NW1/4, W1/2NE1/4, N1/2SW1/4.

(b) The Stan Price State Wildlife Sanctuary is established to provide permanent protection for brown bears, other fish and wildlife populations, and their habitats in the area so that these resources may be preserved for scientific, aesthetic, and educational purposes.

(c) A board may adopt regulations governing access, entry, development, construction, and each other use and activity affecting the natural habitat and the fish and wildlife within the Stan Price State Wildlife Sanctuary.

(d) Consistent with (b) of this section, the commissioner shall manage the Stan Price State Wildlife Sanctuary compatibly with the United States Forest Service's management of the adjacent upland. The commissioner may enter into a cooperative management agreement with a federal agency, a municipality, another state agency, or a private landowner to achieve the purposes of this section.

Sec. 16.20.160. McNeil River State Game Sanctuary.

The following state-owned land and water, including the tidelands but exclusive of marine water and submerged land, lying within the parcels described in this subsection is established as the McNeil River State Game sanctuary:

Township 12 South, Range 29 West, Seward Meridian

Sections 1 - 36

Township 12 South, Range 30 West, Seward Meridian

Sections 1 - 36

Township 13 South, Range 29 West, Seward Meridian

Sections 5 - 8

Sections 17 - 20

Sections 29 - 32

Township 13 South, Range 30 West, Seward Meridian

Sections 1 - 36

Township 13 South, Range 31 West, Seward Meridian

Sections 1 - 36

Township 13 South, Range 32 West, Seward Meridian

Sections 1 - 36

Township 14 South, Range 32 West, Seward Meridian

Sections 1 - 12

Sections 15 - 22

Sections 27 - 30.

Sec. 16.20.162. Purpose; regulations.

(a) The McNeil River State Game Sanctuary is established to

(1) provide permanent protection for brown bear and other fish and wildlife populations and their habitats, so that these resources may be preserved for scientific, aesthetic, and educational purposes;

(2) manage human use and activities in a way that is compatible with (1) of this subsection and to maintain and enhance the unique bear viewing opportunities within the sanctuary; and

(3) provide opportunities that are compatible with (1) of this subsection for wildlife viewing, fisheries enhancement, and fishing, for temporary safe anchorage, and for other activities.

(b) Hunting and trapping within the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary are prohibited.

(c) The department and the Department of Natural Resources

(1) may not enter into sales of land within the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary;

(2) may enter into leases within the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary if the commissioner finds that activity conducted under the lease is compatible with the purposes for which the sanctuary is established;

(3) may not accept transfer of state selected land from the federal government, or conveyance of other land, within the sanctuary if the land is subject to

(A) a lease, easement, or other right to operate or maintain a private facility on the land or to conduct a private enterprise on the land; or

(B) a continuing trespass by an unauthorized private facility or private enterprise.

(d) The McNeil River State Game Sanctuary is closed to mineral entry under AS 38.05.185 - 38.05.275.

(e) The boards may adopt regulations governing access, entry, development, construction, fishing, and other uses and activities affecting the natural habitat, fish and wildlife, and public use of the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary.

(f) The commissioner shall prepare a report and notify the legislature of its availability by January 30 of each year on

(1) the status of the brown bears and other fish and wildlife resources within the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary; and

(2) the effects of fishing and fishery enhancement activity on these resources.

Sec. 16.20.170. [Renumbered as AS 16.20.162 ].

Repealed or Renumbered

Article 03. ENDANGERED SPECIES

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