In 2001, Dr. Edwin Lindig met with the Interior Alaska Land Trust to discuss options for conserving about 340 acres of land that his family owned. The family was interested in keeping the land undeveloped, for wildlife use and recreation. Dr. Lindig donated an easement to the Interior Alaska Land Trust as part of his will. In 2007, after Dr. Lindig’s passing, the easement was signed, and became permanent. Thanks to this easement, Dr. Lindig’s family was able to retain the land, which otherwise would have had to be subdivided to pay estate taxes. The property is a large piece of land, providing wildlife habitat and wetland values in a rapidly developing part of Fairbanks. As time goes on, and surrounding properties become more densely developed, the conservation values of property will only become more and more valuable.
The easement allows the owner to continue all recreational activities, all wildlife habitat maintenance and enhancement activities, and hunting. It allows the owner to maintain the existing trails, and to build and maintain fences and gates. The easement restricts the property owner from subdividing the property; or developing it in any other way. The easement does not grant the public any right of entry on the property. The property remains in private hands, with private owners providing the stewardship of the property that they know and care for. They ask that you respect their private property rights and not trespass on their land.