The mission of the Ahtna, Inc., Land Department is to protect and preserve Ahtna lands and resources for future generations of the Ahtna people. Land Management will be in accordance with cultural and traditional uses and values, land protection, acquisition, conservative development strategies, and principles of culturally appropriate stewardship.
Currently, Ahtna, Inc. owns in fee title approximately 1,528,000 acres of land conveyed in December 1998 from an entitlement of 1,770,000 acres. Much of this land is located in the Ahtna region, which is roughly the size of the state of Ohio and is located in the Alaskan south-central interior. The Ahtna region encompasses the Copper River Basin and the Wrangell Mountains and is bordered by the Mentasta and Nutzotin Mountains to the northeast, the Alaska Range to the north, the Talkeetna Mountains to the west, and the Chugach Mountains to the south.
The Land Department, under the guidance of the Land Committee and in collaboration with the traditional village governments of the Ahtna region, is the primary manager of Ahtna lands. The department is organized according to the three main types of Ahtna natural resource holdings: Surface Estate (including gravel), Subsurface, and Timber.
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