The Arctic Office manages public lands north of the Brooks Range from its main office in Fairbanks and a field station in Barrow. The vast area covered by the Arctic Field Office includes the 23-million-acre National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, the largest block of federal land managed by a single agency. The petroleum reserve is home not only to significant oil and gas exploration efforts, but also Alaska Native villages, exciting archeological discoveries, and important habitat for migratory birds and caribou.
The Arctic Office's priorities are to help provide for the energy needs of the nation while protecting the environment and subsistence resources that are critically important to the people of the North Slope. We are currently engaged in several land use plans and environmental impact statements related to oil and gas leasing in the petroleum reserve.