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Old 11-04-2010, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Wherever the job is.
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Why would you need anything more then that? Unless your gonna raise cattle or something, which not many people do, why would you need more land? Something to really think about.
I've grown up within 40 minutes of Los Angeles. In a city that by California standards is medium sized where I could walk outside my house (located within 10' of my neighbors) at any time of the day or night and I will see another individual, guaranteed. "I'd like to own a piece of property where I know that if I see an individual they are either there to steal or to see me." ~J.R. (A buddy) I'd like to strain my ears at night and realize that I can't hear a car (or sirens) in the distance and know that if I flick a switch the only light I'll see will be the moon, stars and possibly the aurora. For me, it's a large parcel or forget about it.
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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When I lived in Ketchikan my lot was less then 3/4 of an acre and you couldn't see the road or the neighbors house cause the trees were so thick.
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Old 11-04-2010, 03:07 PM
 
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I'm thinking 4-5 acres on POW is just about right myself. I haven't gotten to the "boots on the ground" part yet, but courtesy of Google Earth I'd say it's lots of trees, but not so much with the neighbors. Just the way I like it.

The only reason I could justify a 30-40 acre yard in the interior would be to keep myself in stove fuel comfortably.
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Old 11-04-2010, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Very close to water
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There's lot's of parcels of large tracts of land on the Kenai pen, some over 100 acres. Have you done a search for land? Do you see how big some "subdivisions" are. If you think subdivisions are the same in AK as where ever usa, do some more research.
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Old 11-05-2010, 03:02 AM
 
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My advice is to visit Alaska and go to multiple areas so you can see if you'll hate it or like it before making a decision. It would be kind of lame to buy acreage in Southeast and then find out you don't like getting 120 inches of rain a year. It would be kind of lame to buy acreage in the Interior and find out you don't like 40 below winters.
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Old 11-05-2010, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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The only reason I could justify a 30-40 acre yard in the interior would be to keep myself in stove fuel comfortably.
The very reason you don't need 30-40 acres.

Personal Use Firewood

Firewood Permits allow an individual to take between 3 and 10 cords of wood per year from designated state land for personal use. Personal use firewood is available at a variety of sites throughout the state. The cost of the required permit is $5.00/cord with a three cord minimum purchase. Permits may be obtained through the Division of Forestry Offices. The permits are valid for one year and are issued for up to 3 separate areas. Fuelwood species are paper birch, aspen and white or black spruce. Access may vary from very good to providing your own. Because of forest road conditions, firewood areas are typically open May till late November
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Old 11-05-2010, 08:02 AM
 
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Good to know, thank you. I have no idea how greedy the stove will be in SE winters, nice to know I don't have to clearcut my yard to stay warm. I do at least have the advantage of previous exposure to the weather (at least similar conditions, five years in west WA splashing in the rain like a duck).

I think I'd still be inclined towards owning enough land for my fuel to grow on sustainably, though, at least in capability. I doubt that law/entitlement will go away anytime soon, but you never know.
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Old 11-05-2010, 04:40 PM
 
Location: In my own world
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Where are you going to work, or do you not have to? I'm just curious because I don't understand how the people who move way out in the sticks are making it, unless they are independently wealthy, trust fund babies, or living off government assistance.
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Old 11-05-2010, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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Where are you going to work, or do you not have to? I'm just curious because I don't understand how the people who move way out in the sticks are making it, unless they are independently wealthy, trust fund babies, or living off government assistance.
Don't some of them trap for a living? Haven't heard from you in a while Nomad, still wanting/planning to move up here?
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Old 11-05-2010, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Not so easy without easements. You need to know who owns the land over which you travel. Sometimes you are OK and sometimes you will risk jail. Get your boots on the ground and learn before you do anything crazy.
Sound advice!

A copy of the plat will also show property easements, and the easement type (road, utility, etc.), but there is no substitute for physically visiting the property.
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