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AK Private Mountains, Ocean View

Prince William Sound, AK 99686

Valdez-Cordova Borough, Alaska

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240 Acres
$12,000,000 USD
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The Schlosser Mine property is one of the most unique properties in Alaska. Its sheer scale in acres alone is impressive with mountain peaks, lush timber and expansive views. Being one of the last large acreages along the coast of Prince William Sound, this property is one of the most appealing and significant ocean accessible properties to become available in years. Surrounded on three sides by the Chugach National Forest, it offers best-in-class wildlife recreation with world class fishing and hunting for the outdoor enthusiast. This property is commercially zoned and includes mineral rights, an exceptionally rare find with private ownership in Alaska.

• 240 acres ±

• Commercially Zoned

• Mineral Rights - Gold/Silver/Copper Mine

• Fresh Water

• Large Stands of Timber

• Ocean Access

• South Shore - Lots of direct sunshine.

• No Taxes

Alaska is a huge landmass, the biggest state by far, and encompasses some of North America's largest river systems, mountain ranges and vast coastal regions. All rich in wildlife and natural resources. One of the most unique parts of Alaska is an island-studded body of water called Prince William Sound, located in Southcentral Alaska, where the panhandle bends toward the west to join the rest of Alaska's largesse. Hidden behind its large and mountainous barrier islands is a pristine body of water, 2,300 + miles of rugged shorelines, surrounded by large mountain ranges, studded with hundreds of smaller pine-clad islands, coastal rivers, fiord-like inlets, glaciers and a hugely diverse population of marine & land wildlife. This area is at the northern tip of the North American West-Coast Rainforest, and its unique ecosystem has plant species not found anywhere else.

This remarkable wilderness is the second largest national forest in the country with 6,908,540 acres. It was formed in 1907 and includes extensive shorelines, forests and rivers, much of which is untouched by roads or trails. It hosts numerous bird, mammal and marine species, including extensive shorebird habitat and a bald eagle population larger than the contiguous 48 states combined.

Port Fidalgo Inlet is to be found in the eastern sector of Pws, winding its way more than 30 miles off the main Sound, between huge peaks. It has several sheltered bays along its shorelines, fed by short coastal rivers coming from the close-at-hand mountain ranges. These seldom-visited bays all have Salmon spawning-runs, where the bears come to gorge in season, and where the reclusive Sea Otters retire to have their young. And out in the main channel of Port Fidalgo Inlet is where the Dall's Porpoises play, the whales come with their young calves in the spring to feast on vast schools of herring & krill, and pods of Orcas come to hunt.

And halfway up the southern shoreline of Port Fidalgo Inlet, just past Irish Cove with it's massive salmon runs, is a 240 ± acre tract of private land that is like no other. From the beach-access road up through timbered slopes, over the tops of two 1,250 ft + coastal peaks, and down the other side, sits this 240 ± acre, one-of-a-kind tract. This tract is bounded on three sides by the Chugach National Forest. From the top of the timbered peaks one can stare down and across the entirety of Pws, with its remote islands and bays. Beyond that one can see a series of rugged mountain ranges, some more than two hundred miles distant. And one can see across the tops of the Sound's barrier islands, out across the Gulf of Alaska and the vast North Pacific Ocean. And from this private mountain-top, on clear days one can watch the massive jellyfish blooms and herring-spawns as they change the color of the ocean below in places. Or, at night, one may see vast schools of squid, as they travel by, with acres of phosphorescent bodies blinking slowly.

This unique off grid property has another feature. When Alaska became a state in 1959, the new state passed legislation to retain ownership of the mineral-rights, for all land that was sold or otherwise deeded to the private domain, from that point forward. The only private deeded properties in Alaska that have mineral-rights attached with the surface deed are those which were taken into private ownership under the U.S. 1872 Mining Law. This property is such a property and has full mineral-rights included with the deed. In the distant past, a high-grade copper/silver/gold mine was developed via underground shafts over 100 years ago. Due to economic and other circumstances at the time, the mine was closed, and left a substantial known ore-body un-mined. And it is un-mined to this very day. Re-opening of the old works has not been seriously considered by current ownership, but the future potential is always there.

Between 1889 and 1915, the Schlosser Mine was the area's largest producer with 4,160,820 pounds of copper, 1,384 ounces of silver and unspecified amount of gold (most likely kept secret for various reasons). The main ore body was discovered high up on a mountain side, so the ore had to be taken out using a cable tram system to the beach. The ore was then stored in a beach-side warehouse and shipped periodically to Portland Oregon for smelting. The Schlosser Mine would also play host to The National Geographic Society Expedition in 1910, stopping for an extended time to resupply their ship the "Admiral Watson". Their extensive study of the area's coastal glaciers would contribute greatly to glaciology in the future. The property was given private deed under the 1872 mining law, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on 10-31-1934. In 2000, the Federal BLM office conducted an extensive study of mine shafts in Prince William Sound and deemed the Schlosser Mine to contain PPM values well below problematic for all the contaminants they tested for and was given "a clean bill of health".

This rare world class property offers an excellent investment with multiple income opportunities. More information can be given upon request on this 'once in a generation' acreage.

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