Alaska Division of Mining Land and Water

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Alaska Division of Mining Land and Water is an organization based in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Division of Mining, Land and Water (ML&W) manages all state-owned land except for trust property and units of the Alaska State Park System. When all land conveyances under the Alaska Statehood Act are complete, the division will be responsible for over 100 million acres of uplands, including non-petroleum minerals in these lands. ML&W also manages Alaska's 65 million acres of tidelands, shorelands, and submerged lands, including some 34,000 miles of coastline. Finally, ML&W has jurisdiction over all of the State's water resources, equaling about 40% of the entire nation's stock of fresh water. The Division is operated under oversight of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

The Division's mission is to provide for the appropriate use and management of Alaska's state owned land and water, aiming towards maximun use consistent with the public interest. ML&W authorizes many important uses of Alaska's lands and waters, including:

  • Mining claims, coal and mineral leases, access, and plans of operation for mineral development;
  • Ice roads, support facilities, and exploration camps for oil and gas development;
  • Gravel sales for road construction and private development;
  • Log-transfer sites, access, and support camps for timber development;
  • Leasing set-net sites for commercial fishing and mariculture sites for the shellfish farming industry;
  • Lodge sites and access for the tourism industry;
  • Access for public and private entities across state lands and waters, including power and telephone lines; and
  • Water rights and water use authorizations.


  1.  "ML&W About Us"

Alaska Division of Mining Land and Water


Chief of the Water Resources Section

David W. Schade
(907) 269-8645

Natural Resource Manager I

Alexander Wait