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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.

Yukon Tanana Area Plan

Adopted January 3, 2014

On January 3, 2014 the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) adopted the Yukon Tanana Area Plan (YTAP). The plan establishes land use designations, management intent and management guidelines for approximately 9 million acres of state land in areas north of Denali National Park/Preserve and west of the community of Fairbanks and the Parks Highway. The northern boundary is the Yukon River. This plan supersedes the western portion of the previous area plan, the Tanana Basin Area Plan (1985). (The Tanana Basin Area Plan continues as the applicable area plan in the area not covered by YTAP until superseded by the Eastern Tanana Area Plan, now under preparation.)

In adopting the plan, the Commissioner also approved Land Classification Order NC-10-005 which classifies land according to the plan's land use designation. About 3.3 million acres were designated Habitat or Water Resources; 814,000 acres, Agriculture and Settlement; and 263,000 acres, Forestry. Additionally, 848,000 acres were co-designated Minerals and Habitat and another 2.4 million acres, General Use, a multiple use designation. Also adopted was Leasehold Location Order #33, which affects 197,000 acres of state land designated Settlement. It covers those areas not currently closed by a mineral closing order.

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 CD containing the final plan to be mailed to you, or for questions, please contact

All of the 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 (13 MB) (PDF)

Complete Plan Text (2 MB) (PDF)

Preface (230 KB) (PDF) Includes: Cover / Title Page / Signature Page / Acknowledgements / Plan Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction (115 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 / 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

Chapter 2: Areawide Land Management Policies - complete text (300 KB) (PDF)

Introduction (50 KB) (PDF)

Agriculture and Grazing (30 KB) (PDF)

Coordination and Public Notice (16 KB) (PDF)

Cultural Resources (20 KB) (PDF)

Fish and Wildlife Habitat (60 KB) (PDF)

Forestry (40 KB) (PDF)

Reservations of Water (15 KB) (PDF)

Material Sites (20 KB) (PDF)

Recreation and Scenic Resources (30 KB) (PDF)

Settlement (45 KB) (PDF)

Shorelands and Stream Corridors (65 KB) (PDF)

Subsurface Resources (35 KB) (PDF)

Public Access (35 KB) (PDF)

Chapter 3: Land Management Policies for Each Management Unit - complete text (900 KB) (PDF)

Introduction (100 KB) (PDF)

Lower Tanana Region (305 KB) (PDF)

Kantishna Region (180 KB) (PDF)

Parks Highway and West Alaska Range Region (265 KB) (PDF)

Legislatively Designated Areas (25 KB) (PDF)

Navigable Rivers and Lakes (35 KB) (PDF)

Chapter 4: Implementation and Recommendations (100 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 / Mineral and Leasehold Location Orders / Legislatively Designated Areas / Transportation Corridors / Generally Allowed Uses / Types of Plan Changes

Appendices (205 KB) (PDF)

Includes: Glossary / Land Classification Order No. NC-10-005 / Mineral Leasehold Location Order No. 33 / Comparison of Land Use Classification and Acreages / Index

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