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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

To learn more about ANILCA, go to https://www.alaskacenters.gov/history-public-lands.cfm

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.

The Committee Believes an ANILCA report



On August 25th, 2016, the National Park Service celebrates its one-hundreth year anniversary!
The National Park Service Centennial
Join in the festivities over the next two years to ensure an enthusiastic entrance into the second century of service. Rediscover the forgotten beauty of America's 401 National Parks by exploring them with your favorite recreational activity or connecting to the history and culture they hold. Embrace the opportunity National Parks offer by appreciating the past, enjoying the present, and caring for the future! On August 25th, 2016, the National Park Service celebrates its one-hundreth year anniversary!




 
Profile view of a caribou walking though green, scrubby vegetation. Did You Know?
Reindeer are the domestic form of caribou. All reindeer and caribou throughout the world are biologically considered to be the same species, Rangifer tarandus.
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