Anchorage Field Office Land Use Planning

Shamrock Glacier in the Neacola Mtns ACEC (Ring of Fire planning area)BLM Anchorage Field Office lands include four planning areas:

  • Bering Sea-Western Interior 
  • Ring of Fire
  • Bay (Bristol Bay and Goodnews Bay)
  • Kobuk-Seward Peninsula

BLM is developing a new land use plan for an area in western Alaska that encompasses approximately 62 million acres of land, including 10.6 million acres managed by the BLM. The Bering Sea-Western Alaska (BSWI) planning area includes all lands south of the Central Yukon watershed to the southern boundary of the Kuskokwim River watershed, and all lands west of Denali National Park and Preserve to the Bering Sea, including Saint Lawrence, Saint Matthew and Nunivak islands.

BLM is amending the Ring of Fire Resource Management Plan (RMP) to evaluate whether to retain the Special Recreation Management Area designation for the Haines Planning Area, and whether any part of the planning area meets the criteria for designation as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern.  BLM released the Draft RMP Amendment and EIS for the Haines Planning Area in December 2012. In March 2014, BLM announced a delay in the Haines amendment, due to new scientific information related to mountain goats in the area. BLM will develop a new alternative for public review and comment in 2015. 

BLM is also preparing to amend the Ring of Fire RMP to address the 730-acre Campbell Tract Facility administrative site and Special Recreation Management Area in Anchorage. Visit the Campbell Tract land use planning Web page for further details.

The Bay RMP provides a framework for managing and allocating uses of 1.9 million acres of BLM-administered public lands in the Bristol Bay and Goodnews Bay regions of southwest Alaska. BLM released the Bay Record of Decision and Approved RMP in November 2008.

The Kobuk-Seward Peninsula planning area encompasses approximately 12 million acres of BLM-administered lands in northwestern Alaska, including 3.5 million acres within the Anchorage Field Office boundary. BLM's Central Yukon Field Office developed this plan with assistance from the Anchorage Field Office. The Kobuk-Seward Peninsula Proposed RMP and Final EIS was released in September 2007. The Record of Decision was released in September 2008.

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