In Alaska, the Bureau of Land Management administers approximately 72 million surface acres of federal public land, an area larger than the State of New Mexico. These diverse lands -– majestic mountain ranges, vibrant wetlands, unique coastal marine environments and vast expanses of tundra – are full of promise for the extensive use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
The focus of the Bureau of Land Management in Alaska includes:
- Land transfer
Alaska is a young state and land ownership is still being settled. The BLM is tasked with conveying federal land to the State of Alaska, Alaska Native corporations and individual Alaska Natives. Once final land status is determined, the BLM will manage about 70 million acres of federal public lands and 220 million acres of subsurface mineral estate in Alaska, more than any other state.
- Energy development
The BLM is committed to sound land use planning for the 23-million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). Many resource management issues transcend the boundaries of NPR-A and are applicable to the entire North Slope of Alaska. The BLM partners with other federal and state agencies form the North Slope Science Initiative, a newly developed organization that encourages sharing knowledge to make science-based decisions about development activities on the North Slope.
- Trans-Alaska Pipeline System oversight
The BLM partners with other federal and state agencies at the Joint Pipeline Office to work proactively with Alaska’s oil and gas industry to safely operate the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.
- Fire management
The Alaska Fire Service provides wildland fire suppression services for all Department of the Interior and Alaska Native corporation lands in Alaska.
Socioeconomic Impacts of BLM in Alaska
The BLM has the privilege of protecting and maintaining some of the Nation's most unique treasures in Alaska. We manage 72 million acres in Alaska, together with some 220 million acres of federal subsurface minerals. These lands provide for a variety of multiple uses throughout Alaska, all of which contribute to the well-being of local communities through economic activities, social contributions, and land stewardship programs.
Take a look at these socio-economic contributions; we think you'll be pleasantly surprised. In fiscal year 2010, BLM-Alaska contributions include an estimated:
- 1,085 American jobs
- $28.7 million from recreational use
- 612,570 visitors
- $123.2 million from oil and gas
- $1.4 million from timber
The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
As stewards of your federal public lands, employees of the Bureau of Land Management in Alaska strive to continually improve our customer service and business practices. To learn more about our programs, we invite you to first explore our Web site and then go explore your public lands in Alaska.