Special Use Lands Designation

Special use lands are those general domain state lands that may have special restrictions.

The Alaska Division of Mining, Land and Water manages state land that has not been reserved or withdrawn from multiple use management (under Title 38 of the Alaska Statutes) by either an act of the state legislature or by an administrative action (in compliance with limits set by AS 38.05.300). The land managed by the division is called public domain land.

11 AAC 96.020 set out a list of generally allowed uses that can occur on public domain land without a permit from the division. All activities on state land must be conducted in a responsible manner that will minimize or prevent disturbance to land and water resources. At times there are special uses that warrant the division to require a permit for what would otherwise be generally allowed on public domain land.

The division designation of “special use lands” is for the protection of scenic, historic, archeological, scientific, biological, recreational, or other special resource values warranting additional protections or other special requirements. Special use land designations originate from an area or management plan, or are made at the director's discretion to address a certain need. Before a designation is made, however, other agencies and the public are given a chance to comment on the proposal.

To see more information about the sites and areas of state land that the division has designated as special use land, select one of the special use areas listed below.