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Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Division of Mining, Land and Water

Eastern Tanana Area Plan

Plan Adopted on August 28, 2015

The Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) adopted the Eastern Tanana Area Plan on August 28, 2015. The plan establishes land use designations, management intent and management guidelines for approximately 6.5 million acres of state land. This plan encompasses the Eastern drainage of the Tanana River basin from Fairbanks to the Canadian border. The plan includes the larger communities of Fairbanks, North Pole, Delta Junction and Tok; and, supersedes most of the eastern portion of the older Tanana Basin Area Plan.

In adopting the plan, the Commissioner also approved Land Classification Order NC-10-004 which classifies land according to the plan's land use designation. About 3 million acres were designated Habitat or Water Resources; 336,000 acres, Agriculture and Settlement; and 877,000 acres, Forestry. Additionally, 701,000 acres were co-designated Minerals and Habitat and another 1.3 million acres Resource Management. Also adopted were Leasehold Location Order 39, which affects the management units designated Settlement, and Settlement-Commercial; Leasehold Location Order 14A01 which affects lands encompassing 14 mineral licks which are heavily used by Dall sheep and other wildlife; and Mineral Order 1145 which affects lands designated Transportation Corridor.

Copies of the final plan will be available for reference at local libraries and, when available, 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. If you would like a USB drive containing the final plan to be mailed to you, or for questions, please email Ruth Booth.

All of the below files are pdfs and can be viewed in Adobe Reader 8 and above.

Complete Plan (18 MB) PDF
This document contains all text and maps for the Eastern Tanana Area Plan and is set up for 2-sided printing.
Complete Plan Text (6 MB) PDF
To reduce file size, all blank pages have been removed from this document and there are links pages to the plan maps. These maps are also listed below.
Preface (202 KB) PDF
Includes: Cover / Title Page / Acknowledgements / Plan Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction - Complete Text (135 KB) PDF
Includes: Introduction and Background / Summary of Purpose of the Plan / Description of the Planning Area / Uplands and Shorelands as Described in This Plan / Update of the Original Tanana Basin Area Plan / Planning Area / Overall Plan Summary / How the Plan is Organized / Why This Plan Was Developed / The Mandate / What the Plan Will Do / What the Plan Won't Do / How This Plan is Used / Public Participation in Planning Process / Process of Plan Preparation / Who Developed the Plan? / Uses and Resources Within the Planning Area / Planning Period / Summary of Plan Actions / Management Intent / Land Use Designations / Management Guidelines / Classifications / Summary of Plan Implementation and Modification
Chapter 2: Areawide Land Management Policies - Complete Text (342 KB) PDF Chapter 3: Land Management Policies for Each Management Unit - Complete Text (1.1 MB) PDF Chapter 4: Implementation and Recommendations (111 KB) PDF
Includes: Introduction / State Land Classification / Relationship of Land Use Designations in the Plan to State Land Classifications / Public Trust Doctrine / Leasing of State Land / Classification Order / Applicability of Plan Designations/Classifications to State Lands not Identified in the Plan Text or Plan Maps / Survivor Designations and Classifications / Municipal Entitlement / State Land Selections / ANILCA Topfiled Lands / Public Land Orders / Mineral and Leasehold Location Orders / Legislatively Designated Areas / Existing Legislatively Designated Areas / Additions to Legislatively Designated Areas / Transportation Corridors / Generally Allowed Uses / Types of Plan Changes
Appendices (1.35 MB) PDF
Includes: Glossary / Land Classification Order No. NC-10-004 / Mineral Leasehold Location Order No. 39 / Mineral Leasehold Location Order No. 14A01 / Mineral Order (Closing) 1145 / Reservations of Water
Map C-1: Lands to be Included in Leasehold Location Order 39 (1.34 MB) PDF Map D-1: Mineral Order (Closing) 1145 (756 KB) PDF
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