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Bristol Bay Area Plan (2013)

Complete Bristol Bay Area Plan  PDF

Adopted April 2005
Revised September 2013


The Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) adopted the 2013 Plan Amendment to the 2005 Bristol Bay Area Plan (BBAP), which consisted of the January 2013 Public Review Draft Determination of Reclassification (Determination) and Plan Amendment, as modified by the List of Approved Revisions adopted September, 2013. A Land Classification Order (SC-04-002A02), which accompanied the Plan Amendment, was also adopted.

It affects over 6.4 million acres of state uplands distributed throughout the 12.7 million acre planning area of the Bristol Bay Area Plan. A Determination of Reclassification, which determined if changes in land classification were appropriate, preceded and provided much of the basis of the Plan Amendment and was also adopted as a final decision.

This action by the Commissioner has resulted in significantly more land in the planning region being classified Wildlife Habitat and Public Recreation as well as other important changes to the 2005 BBAP. Many of these changes resulted from the public review of the proposed Plan Amendment that was issued in January 2013.

DNR undertook to revise the 2005 BBAP in response to an agreement with the plaintiffs in Nondalton Tribal Council et al. v. State of Alaska, which dismissed the litigation in exchange for DNR's agreement to address the issues raised in the lawsuit through the existing administrative process for amending area land use plans and reclassifying state land. The Stipulation for Remand, which identifies the scope of the plan amendment process, is available on this website.

This revised plan includes all of the changes identified in the List of Approved Revisions.

Copies of the final plan will be available for reference at local libraries and printed copies of the final plan can be purchased from the DNR Public Information Center at 550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1360, Anchorage, AK 99501. For questions or to have a hard copy or CD of the plan mailed, please email Ruth Booth.

Area Plan Downloads

Complete Plan  PDF (13 MB)

Complete Plan (text only)  PDF (6 MB)