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Our Responsibilities

The Division of Mining, Land and Water 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. We also manage Alaska's 65 million acres of tidelands, shorelands, and submerged lands, including some 34,000 miles of coastline. Finally, we have jurisdiction over all of the State's water resources, equaling about 40% of the entire nation's stock of fresh water.


The Divisionís mission is to provide for the appropriate use and management of Alaska's state owned land and water, aiming toward maximum use consistent with the public interest.
We authorize many important uses of our lands and waters, including:

The Division of Mining, Land and Water is responsible for acquiring and defending the State's title to its lands, including:

The Division of Mining, Land and Water is responsible for offering state land to individual Alaskans and to municipalities. These programs include:

The Division of Mining, Land and Water is also responsible for: