Best Interest Decision Affirmed – Negotiated Placer Lease – Twin Creek – MHT 9400733

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority

Trust Land Office


Negotiated Placer Lease – Twin Creek

MHT 9400733

MH Parcel(s) F70015

Action:  Adopt the Best Interest Decision dated July 10, 2020 regarding the above referenced disposal as final, without modification. This decision document, combined with the Best Interest Decision dated July 10, 2020, constitutes the final decision on this matter, in accordance with 11 AAC 99.040.

Notice under 11 AAC 99.050.  The Trust Land Office published the public notice of the decision to issue a negotiated placer mineral lease to Doug Baker dba Landview Excavating, Inc. in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, on the State of Alaska’s online public notice website, and distributed the notice to the Fairbanks Northstar Borough, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, and other interested public and private parties on July 14, 2020.

Summary of Comments:  Two comments were received requesting a gate located on the parcel be removed to increase access and public accessibility to Mental Health Trust lands and lands beyond Alaska Mental Health Trust lands.  The Mental Health Trust Authority reserves the right to restrict access to its lands and is not subject to Generally Allowed Uses as described in 11 AAC 96 for general State domain lands. Members of the public interested in recreating on Trust Lands or using Trust Lands as a transportation corridor to State lands beyond, may apply for a General Permit through the Trust Land Office or online at:

Trust Authority Consultation:  The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority was consulted on this matter on July 10, 2020.

Modifications:  As no comments were received suggesting that the Best Interest Decision dated July 10, 2020 should be substantively modified in any way to better serve the interest of the Trust and its beneficiaries, the Executive Director has determined that no change shall be made to that document.

Final Decision of the Executive Director:  Considering all of the above, the Executive Director of the Trust Land Office hereby adopts the Best Interest Decision dated July 10, 2020 as final.

Reconsideration:  Persons who submitted timely written comments during the notice period that ended August 13, 2020, are eligible to request reconsideration of this final best interest decision under 11 AAC 99.060(b) within 20 calendar days after publication of the notice or receipt of the final decision, whichever is earlier. A request for reconsideration must be submitted in writing to the Executive Director. This request must be accompanied by the fee established by the Executive Director under 11 AAC 99.130, which has been set at $500, to be eligible for reconsideration. Before filing an appeal to the Superior Court under AS 44.62.560, a person must be eligible to request and must request reconsideration within the time specified above.

The Executive Director shall order or deny reconsideration within 20 calendar days after receiving the written request for reconsideration. If the Executive Director takes no action during the 20-day period following the request, the request is considered denied.  Denial of a request for reconsideration is the final administrative decision for purposes of appeal to the superior court under AS 44.62.560.

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Best Interest Decision Affirmed – MHT 9400733