Bureau of Land Management, Interior.
The State of Alaska (State) has filed applications for Recordable Disclaimers of Interest from the United States in certain lands underlying waterbodies within the Yukon-Kuskokwim Portage, located in the Lower Kuskokwim Region, Alaska. The State asserts that the water bodies were navigable and unreserved at the time of statehood; therefore, title to the submerged lands passed to the State at the time of statehood (1959). The lands included in the applications are within the boundary of the Yukon-Delta National Wildlife Refuge, created by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of December 2, 1980.
Comments on the State of Alaska's applications should be submitted on or before September 24, 2007. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Draft Summary Report will be posted on the BLM-Alaska Web-site within this notice period. Once posted, interested parties will have sixty (60) days to comment on the findings: http://www.blm.gov/ak/ak930/rdi/index.html.
Comments on the State of Alaska's application or the BLM Draft Summary Report should be sent to the Chief, Branch of Lands and Realty, BLM Alaska State Office, 222 West 7th Avenue, #13, Anchorage, Alaska 99513-7599.Start Further Info
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On March 10, 2006, the State of Alaska filed applications for Recordable Disclaimers of Interest pursuant to Section 315 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the regulations Start Printed Page 34713contained in 43 CFR Subpart 1864 for lands underlying the waterbodies within the Yukon-Kuskokwim Portage (Y-K Portage). The State divided the Y-K Portage into five separate applications, described in a northwesterly direction from the Kuskokwim River: Mud Creek and unnamed lake number one (AA-086376); Crooked Creek and Johnson River (AA-086377); Kulik Lake and unnamed lake number two (AA-086378); unnamed lakes numbers three and four (AA-086379); and the Talbiksok River to the confluence with Portage Slough of the Yukon River (AA-086380). A Recordable Disclaimer of Interest, if issued, will confirm the United States has no valid interest in the subject lands. The notice is intended to notify the public of the pending applications and the State's grounds for supporting it. The State asserts that the water bodies are navigable; therefore, under the Equal Footing Doctrine and Submerged Lands Act of 1953, ownership of these lands automatically passed from the United States to the State at the time of statehood in 1959. The State did not identify any known adverse claimant or occupant of the affected lands. The applied for lands are within the boundary of the Yukon-Delta National Wildlife Refuge, created by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of December 2, 1980.
A final decision on the merits of the applications will not be made before September 24, 2007. During the ninety (90) day notice period, interested parties may comment upon the State's applications (AA-086376 to AA-086380), and supporting evidence. Interested parties may also comment on the evidence presented in the BLM Draft Summary Report within sixty (60) days of its availability. The BLM Draft Summary Report will be posted on the BLM-Alaska Web site within the ninety (90) day notice period: http://www.blm.gov/ak/ak930/rdi/index.html.
Comments, including names and street addresses of commentors, will be available for public review at the Alaska State Office (see address above), during regular business hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
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Dated: May 4, 2007.
Acting Chief, Branch of Lands and Realty.
[FR Doc. E7-12107 Filed 6-22-07; 8:45 am]
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