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HB 295: "An Act approving an interim classification by the commissioner of natural resources closing certain land within the Glacier Creek and Winner Creek drainages to new mineral entry; and providing for an effective date."

00                             HOUSE BILL NO. 295                                                                          
01 "An Act approving an interim classification by the commissioner of natural resources                                    
02 closing certain land within the Glacier Creek and Winner Creek drainages to new                                         
03 mineral entry; and providing for an effective date."                                                                    
04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
05    * Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section                          
06 to read:                                                                                                                
07       PURPOSE. The purpose of this Act is to approve the interim classification contained                               
08 in Mineral Order No. 1121, issued by the commissioner of natural resources, to close state                              
09 land within the upper Glacier Creek and Winner Creek drainages near Girdwood to new                                     
10 mineral entry. The legislature recognizes that mineral entry would be incompatible with the                             
11 existing and proposed development of significant surface-based recreational facilities and                              
12 infrastructure in the Glacier Creek and Winner Creek drainages. The legislature finds that                              
13 closure of the state-owned mineral estate to new mineral entry will reserve those lands for                             
14 recreational development opportunities as provided in the land use plans of the state and the                           
01 Municipality of Anchorage.                                                                                              
02    * Sec. 2. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
03 read:                                                                                                                   
04       MINERAL ENTRY CLOSURE. Under AS 38.05.300(c), and subject to existing valid                                       
05 rights, the following state-owned land, and all land acquired in the future by the state, laying                        
06 within the Glacier Creek and Winner Creek drainages, is closed to new mineral entry:                                    
07            (1)  Township 10 North, Range 2 East, Seward Meridian                                                        
08                 Section 9: E1/2SE1/4NE1/4 within the Chugach National Forest,                                           
09                  E1/2SE1/4 within the Chugach National Forest                                                           
10                 Section 10: SW1/4, SW1/4SW1/4NE1/4, S1/2NW1/4 except for the                                            
11                  N1/2NE1/4SE1/4NW1/4, W1/2SE1/4, W1/2SW1/4NE1/4SE1/4,                                                   
12                  SE1/4SE1/4 except for the NE1/4SE1/4SE1/4                                                              
13                 Section 12                                                                                              
14                 Section 13: N1/2                                                                                        
15                 Section 14: W1/2                                                                                        
16                 Section 15                                                                                              
17                 Section 16: E1/2E1/2 within the Chugach National Forest                                                 
18                 Section 21: E1/2NE1/4NE1/4 within the Chugach National Forest                                           
19                 Section 22: N1/2N1/2                                                                                    
20            (2)  Township 10 North, Range 3 East, Seward Meridian                                                        
21                 Section 5: NW1/4, S1/2                                                                                  
22                 Section 6: SE1/4, S1/2SW1/4                                                                             
23                 Section 7: SW1/4, N1/2                                                                                  
24                 Section 8: NW1/4                                                                                        
25                 Section 18: N1/2NW1/4                                                                                   
26            (3)  Township 11 North, Range 2 East, Seward Meridian                                                        
27                 Section 25: S1/2SE1/4                                                                                   
28            (4)  Township 11 North, Range 3 East, Seward Meridian                                                        
29                 Section 20: SE1/4                                                                                       
30                 Section 21: W1/2SW1/4                                                                                   
31                 Section 28: W1/2W1/2                                                                                    
01                 Section 29                                                                                              
02                 Section 30: S1/2                                                                                        
03                 Section 32: NE1/4                                                                                       
04                 Section 33: NW1/4NW1/4                                                                                  
05    * Sec. 3. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).