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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 COVID-19 Outbreak Health Order 1: Suspension of Laws and Appendix A, or the Director's Finding concerning extensions of certain land sale contract and lease payments, or the Commissioner's Order of Extension for mining payments.

Susitna Matanuska Area Plan

Adopted August 2011

On August 11, 2011 the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) adopted the Susitna Matanuska Area Plan (SMAP). The plan establishes land use designations, management intent and management guidelines for approximately 9 million acres of state land in the Susitna and Matanuska river valleys. This plan supersedes the majority of the 1985 Susitna Area Plan.

In adopting the plan, the Commissioner also approved Land Classification Order SC-09-002 which classifies land according to the plan's land use designation. Over half of the 9 million acres of state land has been classified for wildlife habitat; about 900,000 for mineral or coal; about 700,000 for settlement; another 700,000 for forest; and the remainder for a variety of land uses including public recreation, agriculture and water resource. This land encompasses the majority of the land in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

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 1360, Anchorage, AK 99501. If you would like a CD containing the final plan to be mailed to you, or for questions, please contact

All below files can be viewed in Adobe Reader 8 and above.

The complete plan document includes low resolution maps. Each chapter's table of contents contains links to sections within those chapters.

Complete Plan (PDF) (13 MB)

Preface (PDF) (1.8 MB)

  • Includes: Cover / Title Page / Signature Page / Background and Acknowledgements / Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction (PDF) (500 KB)

Includes:pdf/ 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 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 / Management Guidelines / Classifications / Summary of Plan Implementation and Modification

Figure 1-2: Planning Boundary and Regions (PDF) (330 KB)

Chapter 2: Areawide Land Management Policies – Complete (PDF) (930 KB)
Chapter 3: Land Management Policies for Each Management Unit (PDF) (950 KB)
Chapter 4: Implementation and Recommendations (PDF) (125 KB)
  • Includes: Introduction / State Land Classifications / 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 / Alaska Coastal Management Program / Municipal Entitlement / State Land Selections / General Land Selections / ANILCA Topfiled Lands / Mineral Orders / Legislatively Designated Areas / Generally Allowed Uses / Types of Plan Changes
Appendices (PDF) (235 KB)
  • Includes: Glossary / Land Classification Order No. SC-09-002 / Index

Map of entire plan area

  • High Resolution Low Resolution
    9 MB (PDF) 2.5 MB (PDF)

Map of entire plan area with designations shown in different colors

Partial list of actions subsequent to final plan adoption: