What the Middletons got that morning was a quick lesson in law. Specifically, Alaska Statute 11.46.300-350. It states that a person who does not intend to commit a crime, "enters or remains upon unimproved and apparently unused land, which is neither fenced nor otherwise enclosed in a manner designed to exclude intruders" can do so unless:
* A notice of trespass is personally communicated to that person by the owner or an authorized person; or
* A notice against trespass is given by posting in a reasonably conspicuous manner under the circumstances.
The law specifies the posting be:
* Printed legibly in English;
* At least 144 square inches in size;
* Contain the name and address of the person under whose authority the property is posted, as well as the name and address of the person authorized to grant permission to enter the property;
* Placed at each roadway and point of access onto the property that is known to the landowner;
* In the case of an island, placed along the perimeter of the island; and
* Clear about any prohibitions the posting is directed against, such as "no trespassing," "no hunting," or "no fishing."