“Casual Use” means a use of borough land that is nonexclusive and involves only minimal disturbance to the land.  Nonexclusive examples of a casual use are hiking, backpacking, hunting, fishing, camping for less than fourteen days, picnicking, cross-country skiing, snow machining; berry picking, brushing survey lines or trails where roots are not disturbed, livestock drives, and the use of all-terrain vehicles off an established road or right-of-way but on an existing trail. However, hiking trails or consistent use for hiking and establishing hunting camps do not constitute a casual use.  Casual use of borough land does not create an interest in the title of the land and does not require a permit.  Casual use is defined in KPB code 17.10.190 and 17.10.250(c). 

The casual use activity may be conducted on vacant property that is not for sale, is not occupied by another use, and is not currently leased or permitted to another user.  Depending on the type of casual use, there may be additional guidelines to follow.  Below are links to guidelines to the most common casual uses of borough land: 


Property Owner Firewise & Hazard Tree Removal on
Adjacent Vacant Borough Land

Guidelines for Gathering Dead Trees on KPB Land

Guidelines for Gathering Berries/Mushrooms on KPB Land

Guidelines for Beekeeping on KPB Land


If you have any question on whether or not your activity falls under a casual use please contact the Land Management Division.  To locate borough lands available for casual use - use the KPB Casual Use Lands Viewer Use the Layer Tab to find KPB Facilities and Land by Selecting KPB Parcels Available for Casual Use.