Alaska Department of Natural Resources

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Alaska Department of Natural Resources is an organization based in Anchorage, Alaska.


Division of Oil & Gas (DO&G)

DO&G develops and manages the state's oil and gas leasing programs. The Oil & Gas division staff identifies prospective lease areas; performs geologic, economic, environmental and social analyses, develops a five-year leasing schedule, and conducts public review of proposed sales. The division conducts competitive oil and gas lease sales and monitors collection of all funds resulting from its programs. It is also responsible for the development of the state's geothermal and coalbed methane resources.

Division of Mining, Land & Water (ML&W)

ML&W is the primary manager of Alaska's land holdings. Responsibilities include ensuring the state's title; preparing land-use plans and easement atlases; classifying land; leasing and permitting state land for recreation, commercial and industrial uses and coordinating and overseeing the needed authorizations for major development on the North Slope. It also manages 2.5 million acres in Public Use and Recreational River Systems and is responsible for land sales and conveyances to municipalities. The division also manages mineral (excluding oil & gas, coalbed methane and geothermal energy) and water resources. It manages state mineral exploration, development and leasing programs on the 96 million acres of state lands available for mineral exploration and mining and administers state's Surface Coal Mining control and Reclamation Program. The division allocates and manages the state's water resources on all lands in Alaska, adjudicates water rights, provides technical hydrologic support, and assures dam safety.

Division of Agriculture

The Division of Agriculture offers land for agricultural development and works with local producers to promote and support Alaska's agricultural industry through financing for farmers and processors, plant material development, conservation education, marketing assistance, inspection and farm product certification.

Division of Forestry

The Division of Forestry manages more than two million acres of dedicated State Forests in the Tanana Valley and near Haines for multiple use and sustained yield; protects 134 million acres - over twice the size of Washington State - with its highly trained wildfire suppression organization; and administers Forest Health, Forest Stewardship, Community Forestry and Conservation Education programs.

Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys (DGGS)

The DGGS generates, analyzes and interprets data on geologic resources and natural conditions; maps and inventories mineral and energy resources on state land for use by government, private industry, scientists, educators and the public.

Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation

The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities, protects and interprets areas of natural and cultural significance, and supports the state's tourism industry. Park units range in size and character from the half-acre Potter Section House State Historic Site to the 1.6 million wild acres of Wood-Tikchik State Park. The Office of History and Archaeology, the State Historical Preservation Office, the Office of Boating Safety and the Alaska Trails Program are within this division.

Support Services Division

The Support Services Division provides administrative, financial, human resources and computer support for department personnel and facilities throughout the state. Its Land Administration System, status plats, and award-winning Geographic Information Systems mapping are the mainstay of both public and private managers and users of state land and resources. It also serves the public and private sectors through the Recorder's Office, which administers the statewide recording system and the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Central File.

Commissioner's Office

The Commissioner's Office oversees the DNR divisions and a number of offices, including: the State Pipeline Coordinator's Office, part of a joint federal-state program to oversee the 800-mile Trans-Alaska and other common-carrier pipelines; the Mental Health Trust Land Office, that manages the Mental Health Trust's land and resources assets; the Office of Project Management & Permitting, which coordinates the review of larger scale projects in the state; the Alaska Gas Pipeline Project Office, which monitors efforts to develop a pipeline to commercialize the North Slope's natural gas supplies; and the Public Information Center, which offers "one-stop shopping" for the department's programs and services.


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Geothermal Contact

Joanne Schmidt
(907) 465-3427

Large Project Coordination Contact

Tom Crafford

Historic Preservation Contact

Shina DuVall
(907) 269-8720

Dam Safety Engineer

Charles Cobb
(907) 269-8636

Natural Resource Specialist

Carol Hasburgh

State Archaeologist

Dr. Richard VanderHoek
(907) 269-8728