In Alaska, the Bureau of Land Management administers approximately 72 million surface acres of federal public land. These diverse lands -– majestic mountain ranges, vibrant wetlands, unique coastal marine environments and vast expanses of tundra – are full of promise for the extensive use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The focus of the Bureau of Land Management in Alaska includes:
Alaska is a young state and land ownership is still being settled. The BLM is tasked with conveying federal land to the State of Alaska, Alaska Native corporations and individual Alaska Natives. Once final land status is determined, the BLM will manage about 70 million acres of federal public lands and 220 million acres of subsurface mineral estate in Alaska, more than any other state.
The BLM is committed to sound land use planning for the 23-million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). Many resource management issues transcend the boundaries of NPR-A and are applicable to the entire North Slope of Alaska. The BLM partners with other federal and state agencies form the North Slope Science Initiative, a newly developed organization that encourages sharing knowledge to make science-based decisions about development activities on the North Slope.
Trans-Alaska Pipeline System oversight
The BLM partners with other federal and state agencies at the Joint Pipeline Office to work proactively with Alaska’s oil and gas industry to safely operate the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.
The Alaska Fire Service provides wildland fire suppression services for all Department of the Interior and Alaska Native corporation lands in Alaska.