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

Notice about payments:

Individual land buyers, lessees of state land, or permittees who are unable to make their payments should immediately contact the Division of Mining, Land and Water (DMLW) to discuss ways to address their financial hardship and payments due, consistent with the Governor's COVID-19 Disaster Order of Suspension No. 2 as amended, or the Director's Finding concerning extensions of certain land sale contract and lease payments. Contact the DMLW by email at or by phone at (907) 269-8594. Thank you.

North Slope Area Plan

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The Public Review Draft (PRD) of the North Slope Area Plan (NSAP) has been issued for public review and comment. For comments to be considered and addressed, comments must be received by mail, email, fax, or through the online public comment portal no later than August 15, 2020. Comments may also be hand delivered to the DNR Resource Assessment and Development Section office in Anchorage during normal business hours of operation. Please check this website regularly during this period for updates on the public comment process as well as outreach materials. We look forward to reading your comments.

Office & Mailing Address:
Attn: Kelsey Anderson
550 W. 7th Ave., Suite 1050
Anchorage, AK 99501-3579
Fax: 907-269-8915
Phone: 907-269-8592

Public Involvement

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North Slope Area Plan Presentation


The North Slope of Alaska is rich with resources that many Alaskans depend on, yet a comprehensive land use plan has never been developed for the area. With so many resources to manage, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has decided to take a holistic approach to sorting out competing uses by developing a land use plan for the area. This plan will also address the North Slope Borough's pending municipal entitlement selections. Planning is a way of sorting through the possibilities for using state land, determining those uses with the greatest benefits for all Alaskans, and involving the public in the process. The planning process provides a link between the citizens and the agencies charged with managing their land. All resources and uses are considered and evaluated in the process.

The North Slope Area Plan (NSAP) will cover approximately 12 million acres of State lands (uplands, shorelands, tide and submerged lands) north of Atigun Pass, encompassing the area between the eastern boundary of the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska (NPRA) and the western boundary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The plan boundary also includes offshore areas out to the 3-mile nautical limit. Major drainages within the NSAP boundary include the Colville, Kuparuk, Sagavanirktok and Canning rivers.

A robust public involvement process will be employed to seek input from the public, regional and local Alaska Native corporations, the North Slope Borough, industry representatives, and other stakeholders. The plan will increase permitting efficiency and predictability for the public, DNR, and the oil and gas industry and facilitate municipal entitlement conveyance decisions to the North Slope Borough.

Planning Process

Below is an outline of the major steps that will be taken to develop the NSAP. The approximate timing for each step will periodically be updated, but please note that the recommended time frame may change, depending on circumstances that may arise.

STEP 1 - Identify Issues - Spring/Summer 2015
Hold public meetings to identify issues and concerns in the planning area.

STEP 2 - Gather Information - Throughout
Collect information about natural resources, present and past land use, land ownership, and the local economy. A great deal of this is done in the beginning, but it occurs throughout the planning process.

STEP 3 - Prepare and Evaluate Land Use Alternative
Describe possible choices for managing state land based on public interests, local resources, and state policies. Describe the effects of each choice on goals for the management of an area.

STEP 4 - Prepare Draft Plan
Create a draft plan that reflects resource values and public and agency goals. The agencies review the first draft and settle any land use conflicts that remain, or propose the best alternatives for public review.

STEP 5 - Public Review of Draft Plan Current Stage
Hold public meetings to provide the public an opportunity to comment on the draft plan and to identify parts that need to be changed.

STEP 6 - Prepare Final Plan
Review agency and public comments and revise the plan. Prepare the plan for publication.

STEP 7 - Approve Plan
The Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources approves and signs the plan.

STEP 8 - Implement Plan
The plan guides management decisions for state lands in the planning area.

Additional Resources

Planning Boundary Map Habitat Atlas Infrastructure Atlas


For additional information on the planning process contact:

Kelsey Anderson
Land Use Planner
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
550 W. 7th Ave., Suite 1050
Anchorage, AK 99501-3579
Phone: 907-269-8592
Email Kelsey Anderson

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