The most important asset to TKC Shareholders and the Corporation are the lands in and surrounding TKC’s 10 villages. Although only about a third of TKC Shareholders reside in our villages, the roots of all TKC Shareholders are in the Middle Kuskokwim. The connection we have to this land helps make us Stronger Together.
TKC owns over 950,000 acres of surface estate in the middle Kuskokwim River region. The Regional Corporation, Calista Corporation, owns the rights to the sub-surface estate of this land. Generally, the surface estate that the Corporation has title to lies along the Kuskokwim River and its tributaries and streams from about 20 miles below the Village of Lower Kalskag to 20 miles above the Village of Stony River. The Corporation has an obligation to manage these lands for the benefit of the Shareholders.
Natural Resource Policy
TKC’s Natural Resource Policy takes a wholistic view of managing our resources, by balancing Development with Conservation and Traditional Use. One priority use area shall not outweigh either of the other areas. If advancements are made in one area, opportunities shall be researched and pursued when appropriate in the other areas.
Development: TKC carefully pursues new opportunities that benefit Shareholders in our 10 villages and across the United States. A board of 12 directors is committed to responsibly establishing development of TKC’s land, business ventures, resources and diversification strategies to best benefit all TKC Shareholders.
Conservation: The Board of Directors and management commit to implementing best and promising practices to ensure our resources are managed for the benefit of our Shareholders and Corporation. TKC Conservation efforts shall be considered along with Development and Traditional Use to ensure a balanced approach for all Shareholders.
Traditional Use: Our Shareholders have unlimited access to TKC land for all traditional activities. TKC provides campsites to Shareholders and their families under the permit program to provide year-round access to our lands for traditional fish camps and other subsistence activities. TKC utilizes indigenous knowledge as a decision-making tool, as well as recognized best practices. We value our land and resources and strive to be good stewards to provide for our future generations
The Natural Resource Policy is used to guide the decision-making process for management; as well as a tool for state, federal or local agencies when planning, issuing permits or taking any action on or near TKC land/resources that may impact the Corporation, resources or Shareholders.
TKC regulates land use on our privately held lands through a permit program and limits access to non-shareholders during certain times of the year in order to provide more opportunities for our Shareholders.
TKC’s Natural Resource Policy balances Development with Conservation and Traditional Use of these lands and resources for the maximum benefit for TKC’s Shareholders now, and for generations to come.