BLM Announces 20-year Extension for Withdrawal of Lands for Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson Training

Map of PLO 7907
Map depicting the location of lands affected by Public Land Order 7907.

ANCHORAGE – The Bureau of Land Management announced today a public land order extension of the Davis Range withdrawal for an additional 20-year period. The extension continues the military services’ exclusive use of 3,264.32 acres of public land at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The BLM formally processes land withdrawal applications for entities within the Department of the Interior.

The Davis Range Complex is adjacent to the Muldoon area and Far North Bicentennial Park. A key area on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Davis Range supports small unit maneuver, a close-quarters combat facility, and vehicle convoy live-fire training.

The lands were originally withdrawn and reserved for use by the Department of the Army for cold weather survival and infantry tactical training purposes in 1982 by Public Land Order 6244. Public Land Order 7514 extended the withdrawal for an additional 20 years to May 12, 2022. The new Public Land Order No. 7907 extends the withdrawal to May 12, 2042, and reflects the modification by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure recommendation and subsequent creation of JBER in 2010, with the Department of the Air Force as the lead installation support agency.  

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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