Refuge Rights-of-Way & Easements
Right-of-way permits grant legal rights to use lands owned by another
for specific purposes usually for definite periods of time. The Fish
and Wildlife Service grants right-of-way permits under the authority
of the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as
amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997,
and the Alaska National Interests Lands Conservation Act of 1980 (ANILCA).
Most Fish and Wildlife Service right-of-way permits in Alaska are for
transportation and utility systems and are issued according to the procedures
of Title XI of ANILCA in conjunction with the requirements of the National
Wildlife Refuge System Act. However, some right-of-way permits, such
as those for research or educational sites, are issued solely according
to the National Wildlife Refuge System Act.
Additional access issues involving National Wildlife Refuge System
lands include Alaska Natives Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) public easements
and revised statutes 2477 state public highway rights-of-way.
The following links highlight the key features of the right-of-way
permitting process and other means of access.
Last updated: August 26, 2008
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