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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.

Hatcher Pass Management Plan

  • Recreational Conflict Incident Reporting Form.
  • On November 17, 2010 the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) adopted the Hatcher Pass Management Plan (HPMP). The plan establishes land use designations, management intent and management guidelines for 295,000 million acres of state lands This plan supersedes the 1986 Hatcher Pass Management Plan and 1989 Plan Amendment.

    After plan adoption in 2010 there was a request for reconsideration. A document titled "Commissioner's Decision on Request for Reconsideration (PDF) " explains the issues raised and the resultant changes to the plan. Another titled "Issue Response Summary (PDF) " reflects changes made during the earlier public review stage. On March 12, 2012, the Commissioner adopted a Plan Amendment to reflect the revised management unit boundaries for the Government Peak and Bald Mountain/Hillside Management Units as a result of a municipal land exchange between the state and Mat-Su 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 in the Robert B. Atwood Building 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 Ruth Booth at

    The regulations for the HPMP area have been revised and were adopted on December 21, 2012. The new regulations will be effective beginning January 20, 2013. The revised HPMP regulations are available via this link:HPMP Regulations 2013 (PDF) .

    Adopted November 2010

    Amended in Part March 2012

    Complete Plan (PDF) (16 MB)

    Preface (PDF) (265 KB)

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

    Chapter 1:  Introduction, Background, and Purpose (PDF) (text – 125 KB)

    Includes:  Summary of Purpose / Planning Area / Description of Planning Area (General) / Land Ownership and Land Status / Planning History / Reasons for Plan Revision / Management Restrictions and Authorities Related to Statute and Administrative Code / Relationship of Management Plan to Area Plans, Land Use Regulations, and Hatcher Pass PUA Management Plan / What the Management Plan Will and Will Not Do / How the Management Plan Will be Used / Organization and Scope of Plan / Summary of Issues / Relationship of 2010 Management Plan to 1986 Management Plan and 1989 Plan Amendment / Special Use Designation (ADL 223585) and 11 AAC 96 Regulations / Planning Period / Public Participation Process

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    Map 1-1:  Land Status (PDF) (560 KB)
    Map 1-2:  Land Status, Topography and Management Boundaries (PDF) (1.2 MB)
    Map 1-3:  Topographical View of Plan Area (PDF) (1.2 MB)
    Map 1-4:  Satellite View of Plan Area (PDF) (4.1 MB)
    Map 1-5:  Land Status, Topography and 1986 Recreational Motorized Closures (PDF) (1.2 MB)

    Map 1-1 (PDF) (200 KB)
    Map 1-2 (PDF) (550 KB)
    Map 1-3 (PDF) (810 KB)
    Map 1-4 (PDF) (490 KB)
    Map 1-5 (PDF) (570 KB)

    Chapter 2:  Areawide Goals, Policies, and Management Guidelines (PDF) (text - 220 KB)

    Includes:  Scope of Chapter 2 / Central Management Direction:  Recreation / Generally Allowed Uses / Uses within Hatcher Pass Management Area Requiring Authorization / General Guidelines / Subsurface Resources / Material Sites / Fish and Wildlife:  Habitat / Recreation / Public Access, Transportation, and Utilities / Heritage Resources / Water Reservations

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    Map 2-1:  Caribou Habitat (PDF) (1.1 MB)
    Map 2-2:  Moose Habitat (PDF) (1.2 MB)
    Map 2-3:  Recreational Use Patterns (Reported 2009) (PDF) (1.2 MB)
    Map 2-4:  Overlapping Use Concern Areas (PDF) (1.1 MB)
    Map 2-5:  Adopted Plan Map (PDF) (1.3 MB)

    Map 2-1 (PDF) (650 KB)
    Map 2-2 (PDF) (640 KB)
    Map 2-3 (PDF) (670 KB)
    Map 2-4 (PDF) (570 KB)
    Map 2-5 (PDF) (610 KB)

    Chapter 3:  Areawide and Management Unit Requirements (PDF) (text - 370 KB)

    Includes:  Scope of Chapter 3 / Central Management Orientation:  Public Recreation Focus / Uses Requiring Authorization and GAUs / Area Plan Considerations and Plan Duration / Primary Designated, Co-designated, Prohibited, and Conditionally Allowed Uses / Retained State Land / Mineral Designations / Management Intent, Guidelines, and Recommendations / Plan Duration / Kashwitna River Drainage Management Unit / Willow Mountain Management Unit / High Glacier Peaks Management Unit / Craigie Creek Management Unit / Bald Mountain / Hillside Management Unit / Independence Management Unit / Archangel Management Unit / Reed Lakes / Little Susitna Management Unit / Mile 16 Management Unit / Government Peak Management Unit / Administratively and Legislatively Designated Areas

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    Map 3-1:  Land Status and Facility Recommendations (PDF) (640 KB)
    Map 3-2:  Kashwitna River Drainage Unit (PDF) (925 KB)
    Map 3-3:  Willow Mountain Unit (PDF) (810 KB)
    Map 3-4:  High Glacier Peaks Unit (PDF) (680 KB)
    Map 3-5:  Craigie Creek Unit (PDF) (660 KB)
    Map 3-6:  Bald Mountain / Hillside Unit (PDF) (680 KB)
    Map 3-7:  Independence Unit (PDF) (680 KB)
    Map 3-8:  Archangel Unit (PDF) (740 KB)
    Map 3-9:  Reed Lakes / Little Susitna Unit (PDF) (810 KB)
    Map 3-10:  Mile 16 Unit (PDF) (520 KB)
    Map 3-11:  Government Peak Unit (PDF) (680 KB)

    Map 3-1 (PDF) (260 KB)
    Map 3-2 (PDF) (370 KB)
    Map 3-3 (PDF) (320 KB)
    Map 3-4 (PDF) (370 KB)
    Map 3-5 (PDF) (260 KB)
    Map 3-6 (PDF) (270 KB)
    Map 3-7 (PDF) (250 KB)
    Map 3-8 (PDF) (300 KB)
    Map 3-9 (PDF) (320 KB)
    Map 3-10 (PDF) (220 KB)
    Map 3-11 (PDF) (270 KB)

    Chapter 4:  Implementation (PDF) (140 KB)

    Includes:  Background / Administrative/Regulatory / Leasing of State Land / Additions to Hatcher Pass Public Use Area / Authorizations Issued by the Borough and DNR / Area Plan / Plan Designations, Land Classifications and Land Classification Order / Land Classification Order / Applicability of Plan Designations/Classifications to State Lands not Identified in the Plan Text or Plan Maps / Survivor Designations and Classifications / Mineral Orders / Adoption of HPMP as Management Plan for Hatcher Pass Public Use Area / Facility Recommendations / Agency Responsibilities for Implementation / Plan Modification

    Appendices (PDF) (245 KB)

    Includes:  Glossary / Land Classification Order No. SC-09-003 / Mineral Order No. 1107 / Revision to Regulations / Public Participation Process Overview / Snow Avalanche Hazard / Land Classification Order No. SC-09-003A01

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    Map C-1:  Request for Mineral Closure Order – Archangel Management Unit (PDF) (630 KB)
    Map C-2:  Request for Mineral Closure Order – Independence Management Unit (PDF) (590 KB)
    Appendix F:  Snow Avalanche Hazard (PDF) (1.3 MB)

    Map C-1 (PDF) (240 KB)
    Map C-2 (PDF) (220 KB)

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