Fisheries & Ecological Services
Alaska Region


Environmental Contaminants

Land Transfers

Before land can be transferred, exchanged, or acquired by refuges either through purchase or donation, an initial contaminants evaluation must be performed. If the initial assessment suggests there are potential issues,Olga Bay cannery contaminant specialists carefully evaluate any contaminant issues on the proposed property so that an informed management decision can be made regarding transfer of the area. This internal pre-acquisition process involves site visits, document searches, and interviews with previous owners. Once contaminants issues are resolved, often through remediation by the responsible party, the Division of Realty completes the land acquisition by purchase, donation or exchange. Old cannery, Kodiak Island. USFWS. click to enlarge


Last reviewed: March 24, 2014