The Survey Section functions as the Department’s “surveyor on staff”, providing technical expertise and actual surveying services. We oversee surveys with an eye to protecting the department’s interest in land and help the department avoid litigation by watching out for rights of other landowners. This includes issuing survey instructions and reviewing surveys which are usually conducted by private sector surveyors.
The DNR Survey Section functions as the Platting Authority in the Unorganized Borough. Any subdivision of land, which is not within the jurisdiction of a local borough or city platting authority, (such as Municipality of Anchorage, Fairbanks North Star Borough, etc) is required to be reviewed and approved by DNR, before filing. Click here for more information on platting in the Unorganized Borough.
The Survey section also maintains records of all surveys ever conducted on state land. Copies of State and Federal BLM survey plats are now available online.
DNR Survey Section is encouraging participation in the National Geodetic Survey's (NGS) "Sharing your OPUS Solution" program. You can make a difference; don't let your GPS data go to waste. Share your GPS Data.
Why share? Your data can help improve Alaska's ties to the National Spatial Reference System. Your observations will strengthen the Alaska models used to translate between modern and legacy mapping products.
You are invited to participate in the NGS’s data sharing program; when you process a 4+hour GPS data file, please share your OPUS solution by providing NGS with two photographs of the occupied monument; one photo of the markings on the cap (close-up) and the other showing the tripod - occupation set-up (horizon view).
When you submit your GPS data for an OPUS solution, expand the "Options" button and pick "Yes, Share".
Chief, Survey Section
for the Unorganized Borough