SCS CSHB 58(STA): "An Act establishing the Chickaloon Flats Critical Habitat Area; and providing for an effective date."
00SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 58(STA) 01 "An Act establishing the Chickaloon Flats Critical Habitat Area; and providing 02 for an effective date." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 16.20 is amended by adding a new section to read: 05 Sec. 16.20.630. CHICKALOON FLATS CRITICAL HABITAT AREA. (a) 06 The following described area is established as the Chickaloon Flats Critical Habitat 07 Area: 08 The land and water encompassed by a boundary beginning at the point 09 on the shore of Chickaloon Bay at longitude W149 degrees, 53 minutes; 10 thence westerly along the mean high water line of Chickaloon Bay to 11 longitude W150 degrees, 18 minutes; thence easterly to the point of the 12 beginning. 13 (b) The Chickaloon Flats Critical Habitat Area is established to 14 (1) ensure the protection and enhancement of habitat;
01 (2) ensure the conservation of fish and game; and 02 (3) guarantee the continuation of hunting, fishing, trapping, and other 03 uses by the public compatible with the protection and enhancement of habitat and the 04 conservation of fish and game. 05 (c) The state may not acquire by eminent domain privately owned land within 06 the Chickaloon Flats Critical Habitat Area, but may acquire privately owned land by 07 purchase, exchange, or otherwise for inclusion in the Chickaloon Flats Critical Habitat 08 Area. 09 (d) Management decisions under this section made by the commissioner of 10 natural resources and the commissioner of fish and game are applicable only to land 11 and water described in (a) of this section. 12 (e) Public access to the Chickaloon Flats Critical Habitat Area by means of 13 horse, boat, aircraft, dog team, snowmachine, all-terrain vehicle, or other means 14 consistent with (b) of this section may not be prohibited. 15 (f) Access to and from private property within the Chickaloon Flats Critical 16 Habitat Area shall be guaranteed through access corridors established through 17 agreement between the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Fish and 18 Game, and the private property owners involved. 19 (g) The Department of Fish and Game and the Department of Natural 20 Resources shall exercise their respective authorities over the Chickaloon Flats Critical 21 Habitat Area consistent with a management plan prepared by the Department of Fish 22 and Game in consultation with the Department of Natural Resources. 23 (h) The department shall permit entry within the Chickaloon Flats Critical 24 Habitat Area for the exploration and development of oil and gas resources when it is 25 compatible with the purposes for which the critical habitat area is established. 26 * Sec. 2. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).