Southeast Susitna Area Plan

(Adopted April 2008)

On April 28, 2008 the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources adopted the Southeast Susitna Area Plan.  The plan establishes land use designations, management intent and management guidelines for more than 250,000 acres of state uplands, shorelands and tidelands in the lower Susitna Valley from Palmer to Talkeetna.  This plan supersedes the 1982 Willow Sub-Basin Area Plan; a portion of the South Parks Highway Subregion of the Susitna Area Plan (1985); the Deception Creek Land Use Plan (1989); and the Kashwitna Management Plan (1991).  It did not, however, supersede the Fish Creek Management Plan.  The borough and state revised this plan in 2009 and this plan controls within its planning area.

After plan adoption in 2008 there were seven requests for reconsideration.  A document titled "Issues Reconsidered by Commissioner April 2009" (PDF) compiles the issues raised and the resultant changes to the plan.  The final plan published below incorporates the changes made by the commissioner in April 2009.

Copies of the final plan are available for reference at local libraries.  Printed copies of the final plan can be purchased from the DNR Public Information Center at 550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1260, Anchorage, AK 99501.  If you would like a CD containing the final plan to be mailed to you, or for questions please contact Ruth Booth at

All below files can be viewed in Acrobat Reader 7 and above.

Complete Plan (PDF) (3.3 MB)

Preface (PDF) (525 KB)
Includes: Cover / Title Page / Signature Page / Background and Acknowledgements / Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction (PDF) (290 KB)

Includes: Introduction and Background / Summary of Purpose of the Plan / Description of the Planning Area / Submerged Lands, Tidelands, Uplands and Shorelands as Described in This Plan / Update of the Willow Sub-Basin Area Plan and a Portion of the Susitna Area Plan / Planning Area / How the Plan is Organized / Why This Plan was Developed / The Mandate / What the Plan Will 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 / What the Plan Won't Do / Planning Period / Summary of Plan Actions / Management Intent / Land Use Designations / Classifications / Summary of Plan Implementation and Modification

Figure 1-2: Southeast Susitna Planning Area and Management Regions (160 KB) (PDF)

Chapter 2: Areawide Land Management Policies - Complete (PDF) (260 KB)

Introduction (PDF)
Coordination and Public Notice (PDF)
Cultural Resources (PDF)
Fish and Wildlife Habitat (PDF)
Forestry (PDF)
Instream Flow (PDF)
Material Sites (PDF)
Recreation, Tourism, and Scenic Resources (PDF)
Settlement (PDF)
Shorelands and Stream Corridors (PDF)
Subsurface Resources (PDF)
Public Access (PDF)

Chapter 3: Land Management Policies for Each Management Unit - Excluding Maps (PDF) (455 KB)

Introduction (PDF)

Includes: Organization of Chapter / Land Use Designations / Designations Used in This Plan / Explanation of Mineral Designations / Management Intent / Management Guidelines / Duration and Flexibility of Plan / Glossary / Plan Structure / Plan Regions / Management Units / Region Descriptions / Plan Maps / Land Status Depicted in Plan Maps / Resource Allocation Table

Palmer-Wasilla Region (PDF)
Kashwitna-Willow Uplands Region (PDF)
Big Lake-Houston Region (PDF)
Susitna Corridor Region (PDF)
Willow Region (PDF)
Kashwitna Region (PDF)
Tidelands and Submerged Lands (PDF)
Legislatively Designated Areas (PDF)
Navigable Rivers and Lakes (PDF)

Figure 3-1: Index Map (PDF) (120 KB)

Chapter 4: Implementation and Recommendations (PDF) (70 KB)

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 / Effect of SSAP upon Other DNR Plans / Applicability of Plan Designations/Classifications to State Lands not Identified in the Plan Text or Plan Maps / Survivor Designations and classifications / Alaska Coastal Management Program / Municipal Entitlement / State Land Selections / Mineral Orders / Legislatively Designated Areas / Types of Plan Changes

Appendices (PDF) (200 KB)

Includes:  Glossary / Land Classification Order No. SC-08-001 / Index

Map of entire plan area (PDF) (1.8 MB)

Partial list of actions subsequent to final plan adoption:

Determination SC-08-001-DET01 (PDF)
Determination SC-08-001-DET02 (PDF)
LCO SC-08-001A01 (Fish Creek Management Plan) (PDF)

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