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Alaska claims ownership of Fortymile lands


Last updated 12/14/2018 at 5:23am

Alaska's Fortymile placer gold mining district near Klondike district Yukon

Alaska DNR staff gather evidence of the navigability of forks of the Fortymile River prior to challenging the BLM over ownership of the lands that lie beneath them.

The state of Alaska Nov. 8 filed a lawsuit against the United States Bureau of Land Management, asserting ownership of the submerged lands beneath the Middle Fork and North Fork of the Fortymile River. This lawsuit comes on the heels of other successful efforts to confirm the state's ownership of navigable waterways across Alaska.

"Unlike many other areas in the U.S., Alaska's waterways are ver...

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