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Alaska Supreme Court Issues Opinion on Klutina Lake Road

On March 12, the Supreme Court of the State of Alaska issued its opinion on the case involving Klutina Lake Road, known locally as Brenwick-Craig Road. The decision brings to an end the long state court litigation over the Klutina Lake Road dating back to 2007. Ahtna, Incorporated (Ahtna) is pleased that the Court affirmed that only ingress and egress is allowed along the right of way and that the State exceeded its rights when it cleared a 100-foot width along the right-of-way. But Ahtna is disappointed that the Court rejected its aboriginal title defenses to these pre-Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) land claims. The Ahtna Athabascan people have used and occupied the land for thousands of years.

This ruling has affirmed that any activity (other than traveling from one place to another) on the Klutina Lake Road and the adjoining private lands owned by Ahtna requires a land use permit. Ahtna land use permits are available at for overnight camping and day use activities such as parking, fishing and boat launching. An Ahtna Region land app is available for download that clearly shows property boundaries and public and private land ownership in the area to help visitors plan accordingly.