BLM Publishes Public Land Order for 20-year Extension of Withdrawal for Chugach National Forest’s Russian River

People fishing in a shallow river.
People fishing in the Russian River July 29, 2011. The river is one of Alaska’s most popular recreation spots, and Public Land Order 7918 extends the withdrawal another 20 years. U.S. Forest Service photo by Charles Lindemuthz.


ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Bureau of Land Management published a public land order (PLO) today extending by 20 years the withdrawal for the Russian River and Upper Russian River Lake Recreation Corridor near Cooper Landing, Alaska.  The extension affects approximately 2,998 acres of National Forest System lands within the Chugach National Forest to provide for continued protection of the Russian River and Upper Russian Lake Recreation Corridor.

The U.S. Forest Service requested the 20-year extension to allow for the continued focus on recreational uses within the corridor and provide additional protections for the high concentrations of cultural and fisheries resources within the Russian River valley.

The Russian River and Upper Russian Lake Recreation Corridor is a popular recreational destination for visitors from around the world.  The lands were originally withdrawn by PLO 7555, which would have expired on February 12, 2023.  Public Land Order No. 7918 extends the withdrawal to February 12, 2043.

Photo and caption can be found on BLM Alaska's Flickr page.

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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Jim Hart