Bureau of Land Management signs decision on Resource Management Plan for Western Alaska
The Approved RMP will guide future land management actions on 13.5 million acres of BLM-managed public lands south of the Central Yukon watershed to the southern boundary of the Kuskokwim River watershed and all lands west of Denali National Park and Preserve to the Bering Sea. It replaces the 1981 Southwest Management Framework Plan and a small portion of the 1986 Central Yukon RMP.
“This Approved Resource Management Plan updates existing land management guidance that is nearly forty years old and emphasizes adaptive management at the planning level to avoid and minimize impacts while providing for multiple resource uses.” said BLM Alaska State Director Chad Padgett.
The Approved RMP is available on the BLM NEPA Register at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/36665/510. In addition, hard copies will be available for viewing at various BLM public rooms. Before visiting these facilities, please contact them by phone to schedule an appointment. You can view that information on the BLM Alaska website, www.blm.gov/alaska, under offices.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.