The Bureau of Land Management Central Yukon Field Office is developing a new resource management plan (RMP) for the Central Yukon Planning Area. The RMP will provide future management direction for approximately 16 million acres of BLM-managed public land including the Dalton Highway and Central Yukon areas (see Maps Page). The Bureau of Land Management published a Notice of Intent to develop the Central Yukon RMP in the Federal Register on June 14, 2013. This notice started the public scoping period, which extended until January 17, 2014.
When completed and approved, the RMP will replace two existing BLM land use plans: the Utility Corridor RMP (1991) and the Central Yukon RMP (1986). It will also provide a RMP for a portion of the lands currently covered by the Southwest Management Framework Plan (1986) and unplanned lands near Fairbanks.
The total acreage within the boundary of the Central Yukon Planning Area is approximately 59 million acres, of which approximately 16 million acres are BLM-managed public lands (See Maps Page). The decisions in the RMP will only apply to BLM-managed lands. Lands of note within the planning area include the Dalton Highway Utility Corridor, Central Arctic Management Area Wilderness Study Area, a segment of the Iditarod National Historic Trail, and numerous areas of critical environmental concern.
Other federal lands in the planning area include portions of the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, the Koyukuk, Innoko Northern Unit, Nowitna, and Kanuti National Wildlife Refuges, and the U.S. Army Tanana Flats and Donnelly training areas.
The planning area overlaps portions of the Northwest Arctic Borough, the North Slope Borough, the Denali Borough, and the Fairbanks North Star Borough. However, the majority of the planning area does not fall within any borough boundary. The planning area boundary includes 24 remote villages, 15 of which have tribal entities, and three ANCSA Regional Corporation boundaries (Doyon Limited, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, and NANA, Inc.).