Karluk River Conservation Easement Agreement Established a Unique Compromise

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Stoel Rives attorney Bill Timme was recently quoted in a Koniag, Inc. Shareholder News report, regarding an agreement between Koniag, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the State of Alaska. First established in 2002, the agreement includes a conservation easement for the Karluk River drainage. Koniag, Inc. is one of 13 Alaska Native Regional Corporations established by Congress under the terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). The agreement expires this year, with an option for Koniag to renew or sell the affected lands.

Timme, who has spent more than 35 years counseling primarily Alaska Native Corporation clients on a broad range of issues, said that the agreement represented a unique compromise. "With this agreement both sides essentially received what each wanted. Public access would be controlled, the environmental and subsistence resources would be protected, and Koniag would maintain its ownership to the culturally-sensitive lands, with the opportunity, if the corporation chooses, to develop limited commercial activities that could produce benefits for its Shareholders."

"Our Lands, Our Legacy" was published by Koniag, Inc., February 2012.

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