Under the provisions of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) Doyon will receive approximately 12.5 million acres across Interior Alaska. To date Doyon has received title to just over 11.5 million acres, primarily around the 34 villages within our region. Through ANCSA, Doyon became the Alaska Native regional corporation within the Interior of Alaska, and 34 village corporations were established. Today, there are 25 village corporations within the Doyon Region.
Management of these lands is focused on local uses, providing education, employment opportunities, and responsible economic development of resources.
Doyon works with a variety of partners, land owners, village corporations, agencies, and tribes on all aspects of land management.
Doyon lands are open for subsistence activities for shareholders. Shareholder permits are not required for gathering berries, fungi, and subsistence hunting. Shareholder permits are required for wood cutting, camps, and trap lines. These permits help Doyon understand local land use and mitigation impacts to cultural sites, and ensure Doyon addresses vicinity to allotments and other high use areas.
Sand, Gravel, Rock
Doyon owns the sand, gravel, and rock (SGR) on its conveyed Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) lands. This ownership includes all Doyon subsurface lands beneath surface lands owned by village corporations and beneath surface interests transferred by village corporations to others such city governments.
SGR interests are managed by the Doyon Lands and Natural Resources Department. Doyon makes commercial sales primarily for capital improvement projects in Doyon villages. Doyon also makes SGR donations for some local uses.
Private Air Strips
Within the Doyon Region are a number of gravel airstrips that are closed to public access. Entry on the following airstrips require the written consent of Doyon.
- Salmon Trout airstrip is located northeast of Chalkyitsik: -141.651, 66.809
- Black River airstrip is located northwest of Eagle: -142.119, 65.664
- Alder Creek airstrip is located northwest of Eagle: -142.3, 64.967
- Slate Creek airstrip is located southwest of Eagle: -142.551, 64.566
- Mt. Harper airstrip is located on the eastern side of Mt. Harper northeast of Healy Lake: -143.832, 64.237
- Golden Creek airstrip is located about 30 miles northwest of Tanana: -153, 65.293
- Grant Creek airstrip is located just north of the Yukon River adjacent to Grant Creek: -152.864, 65.233
These airstrips are subject to periodic surveillance. Trespassers will be prosecuted. In addition, creating or using unapproved airstrips on Doyon lands will be prosecuted.
Certain 17(b) easements are reserved for the public in various locations on Doyon lands. These easements are owned by Doyon and are reserved for public use for limited specific purposes. These easements are reserved to allow for trail access to adjacent public lands. Sport hunting and fishing are never allowed on these easements. Any deviation from easement stipulations will be considered trespass and is criminally punishable under Alaska Statute 11.46.330.
Focusing our attention on forest management and stewardship is important for many factors, including air and water quality, wildlife habitat, and wildfire. With the changing climate, fires are becoming more prevalent across Alaska; managing our forests for these conditions through different silviculture techniques, while promoting animal habitat for subsistence and traditional values is a focus for Doyon.
- Doyon is in the process of developing a Forest Stewardship Plan within the region to promote the long-term health, resiliency, and sustainability of forests.
- Doyon is focusing attention on forest management practices to reduce the severity of wildfire as a result of a changing climate.
- Focusing on forestland creates additional benefits, including air and water quality protection and the enhancement of wildlife habitat.
Fire plays a vital role in boreal forest ecology. As the Doyon region is largely made up of boreal forest, the region is heavily prone to wildfire. Doyon is tasked with management and oversight with the Alaska Fire Service in addressing fire and fire mitigation on its lands.
Doyon addresses fire management through:
- Engaging in regular fire seasonal updates with agencies, village corporations, and village councils.
- Modifying fire options in partnership with fire management officers and adjacent land owners.
- Monitoring and partnered decision making on fire decisions on its lands.
- Fire-related decision making on Doyon lands.
- Implementing fire mitigation practices.
- Providing fire mitigation and science education.
For more information contact the Lands and Natural Resources Department at 907-459-2030, or 1-888-478-4755, or email@example.com.