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Chapter 521
August 30, 1949 [H.R. 2859] |  [Public Law 275] 63 Stat. 679

To authorize the sale of public lands in Alaska.
Section 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Margin Notes
Chap. 521 Alaska. Sale of public lands.
Sec. 2 Sale price.
Sec. 3 Certificate of purchase. Patent in fee.
Sec. 3 Rights reserved to U.S.
Sec. 3 Liability.
Sec. 4 30 Stat. 409, 413.
Sec. 5 Rules and regulations.

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That public lands in Alaska not within national parks or monuments, national forests, Indian lands, and military reservations, which have been classified by the Secretary of the Interior as suitable for industrial or commercial purposes, including the construction of housing, may be sold by him at public auction, after giving not less than thirty days' notice of such intended sale in a newspaper of general circulation in Alaska, in tracts not to exceed one hundred and sixty acres in the aggregate, to any bidder who furnishes proof satisfactory to the Secretary that such bidder has the bona fide intention and the means to develop the tract for such use: Provided, That withdrawn or reserved lands may be disposed of under this Act only with the consent of any department or agency having administrative jurisdiction over such lands.

SEC. 2.

No sale shall be made for less than the appraised price of the land and the cost of making any survey to properly describe the land sold.

SEC. 3.

There shall be issued to each purchaser of land under this Act a certificate of purchase. Within three years after issuance of such certificate, upon proof supported by affidavits of two disinterested persons that the purchaser has used the land for the purpose for which it was classified for sale for a period of not less than six months, a patent in fee shall be issued. Patents under this Act shall issue only after survey, and shall contain a reservation to the United States of all minerals in the lands patented, together with the right to prospect for, mine, and remove the minerals, and such other reservations as may be necessary and proper: Provided, That, notwithstanding the provisions of any Act of Congress to the contrary, any person who hereafter prospects for, mines, or removes any minerals from any land disposed of under this Act shall be liable for any damage that may be caused to the value of the land and tangible improvements thereon by such prospecting for, mining, or removal of minerals. Nothing in this section shall be construed to impair any vested right in existence on the effective date of this section.

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SEC. 4.

This Act shall not affect any existing valid rights. The Act of May 14, 1898 (48 U.S.C., secs. 371 and 462), as amended, creating shore space reserves, shall not apply to nor limit the operation of this Act.

SEC. 5.

The Secretary of the Interior may make such rules and regulations as may be necessary and proper to provide for the development, under applicable law, of minerals reserved to the United States, to provide appropriate notice of and method of conducting sales, to prevent speculation, to promote the orderly development of lands in Alaska, to provide protection and compensation for damages from mining activities to the surface and improvements thereon, and to carry out any of the other purposes of this Act.

Approved, August 30, 1949.

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