The Alaska Mental Health Trust Act of 2017

Naukati Phase I lands.
Naukati Phase I lands. Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

 

On May 5, 2017, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, Public Law 115-31, “The Alaska Mental Health Trust Act of 2017” or “the Act”, was enacted and authorized for an equal value land exchange between the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (AMHTA) and the Forest Service.

The land exchange is comprised of approximately 18,000 non-federal acres and 21,000 federal acres. The Act established a framework to facilitate and expedite a land exchange over a condensed, two year period in two separate phases.

  • Phase 1 includes approximately 2,400 federal acres near Naukati, Alaska in exchange for approximately 2,500 acres near Ketchikan, Alaska; and is estimated to be completed within one year of enactment (May 2018).
  • Phase II of the land exchange would include the remaining approximate 18,600 federal acres and 15,500 non-federal acres, and is estimated to be completed within two years of enactment (May 2019).

Each phase of the exchange requires boundary-line surveys, title reports, appraisal and completion of pre-exchange clearance reviews relating to threatened and endangered species, cultural and historical resources, wetland/floodplains, and hazardous materials.

In addition to the one and two year timeframes for the phased approach, the Act required issuance of appraisal and survey instructions for the land exchange within 90 days of enactment (August 2017).

For additional information please contact Hillary Woods.



Beautiful shot by Hillary Woods flying into Naukati in September 2017.

Beautiful shot by Hillary Woods flying into Naukati in September 2017.


Sr Review Appraiser Greg Graybadger and Regional Review Appraiser William Crawford in Petersburg.

Sr. Review Appraiser Greg Graybadger and Regional Review Appraiser William Crawford in Petersburg. Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.