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What Are Public Lands?
 
A hiker takes in the view after a long hike
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A hiker takes in the view after a long hike

What Are Public Lands?
Public lands are areas set aside by Alaskans and the American people for a variety of purposes. The public entrusts state and federal agencies to regulate and protect these lands. Some public lands are designated as parks, forests, or refuges; others as wild rivers, historical areas, or critical habitat.

The most important piece of history for Alaska's public lands is the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, or ANILCA

 

Why Are Public Lands Important?
Public lands in Alaska are home to amazing animals and entire ecosystems. They protect unique cultural and historical treasures. Alaska natives and rural residents practice subsistence and traditional lifestyles in these places. Many public lands provide recreational opportunities unsurpassed anywhere else in the world.


Eighty-five percent of Alaska is public land, open for adventurous recreation and responsible exploration. 
Watch the video below for more information & opportunities for recreation on Alaska's public lands!


Artist Trine Bumiller heads deep into the Denali wilderness.
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Artist Trine Bumiller heads deep into the Denali wilderness

What Can I Do on Public Lands?
You can hike, fish, camp, boat, ski, watch wildlife, and experience other cultures. In certain areas, you can also hunt, pan for gold, gather firewood, climb, and snowmobile. The possibilities are endless!

Why Should I Care About Public Lands?
Alaska's public lands provide a backdrop for expanding our vision of ourselves and the world. They are windows to the past and investments for the future.



Camp on wide open tundra that has remained untouched by civilization
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Camp on wide open tundra that has remained untouched by civilization

Alaska's Public Lands

  • Over 80% of Alaska's land is in public ownership. That's over 300 million acres, an area twice the size of Texas!
  • More than half of the nation's park lands are found in Alaska.
  • Alaska boasts the largest state park in the United States - Wood-Tikchik.
  • The nation's two largest national forests reside in Alaska.
  • Alaska is home to over 88% of the nation's wildlife refuges.
  • Much of Alaska is virtually untouched and unaltered by man.




 
Graphic image showing Alaska superimposed over the United States. Alaska covers much of the midsection of the country while the panhandle reaches the Carolinas and the Aleutian Islands stretch across Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Did You Know?
Alaska encompasses 586,412 sq. miles, making it approximately 1/5 the size of the rest of the United States or larger than the combined area of the 22 smallest U.S. states! 85 percent of Alaska lands, or an area twice the size of Texas, are under federal and state ownership.