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Welcome to the U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK) Conservation Web Page

Alaska is a state of extraordinary beauty with a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Because of its strategic location, the Army has maintained a presence in Alaska since 1867. U.S. Army Alaska trains on over 1.6 million acres of land in interior and south-central Alaska. The land in Alaska used by the Army for training comprises almost 10% of the total training land available to the Army.

The bulk of the land utilized by U. S. Army Alaska, approximately 1.6 million acres, is managed by Fort Wainwright (FWA), located in central Alaska, north of the Alaska Range in the Tanana River Valley. Fort Wainwright lies 120 miles south of the Arctic Circle near the cities of Fairbanks and North Pole in interior Alaska in the Fairbanks North Star Borough and is the fourth largest Army training area in the United States. Fort Wainwright consists of Main Post, Tanana Flats Training Area, Yukon Training Area, Dyke Range, Donnelly Training Area, Gerstle River Training Area, Black Rapids Training Area, and Whistler Creek Rock Training Area. Fort Wainwright undertakes a multiple-use approach to land management while still meeting the single mission use of the land (military readiness for national defense).  Fort Wainwright provides for the conservation of the natural and cultural resources found within its boundaries through intensive Natural Resource, Cultural Resource and Integrated Training Area Management (ITAM) programs; actively seeks public input through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) program; encourages tribal consultation through the Native Liaison; and maximizes public access and recreation opportunities for hunting, fishing, trapping, wood cutting, hiking, subsistence activities and mushing through the Outdoor Recreation program.

The Headquarters for U.S. Army Alaska is located on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson (JBER), located in south-central Alaska approximately seven miles northeast of downtown Anchorage. JBER consists of an additional 78,000 acres of training land utilized by U.S. Army Alaska. At 149° 40' west longitude and 61° 15' north latitude, JBER is situated between two prominent natural features—the Knik Arm of Cook Inlet to the north and the Chugach Mountains to the east. Chugach State Park, the post’s largest neighbor, lies along JBER’s eastern and southern border. The conservation of JBER is managed by the staff of the joint base under the 673rd Wing of the U.S. Air Force.  For inquiries about JBER policy for the management of training lands, including recreational issues, cultural and natural resource-related concerns, and planning through the NEPA process, contact Brent Koenen at (907) 552-1609.

Information for USAG FWA-managed Army lands can be found on this site.  The tabs at the top of this page connect users to the subject matter areas that combine to make the total land management process.  For information beyond this source regarding USAG FWA-managed Army lands, please contact Gary Larsen at the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Wainwright Environmental Division office at (907) 361-6104.

Mission of the U.S. Army Alaska

"Train and equip forces to deploy rapidly in support of combat operations and other operations worldwide, as directed. Conduct operations in cold regions and mountainous terrain. Serve as the land force component command for joint operations. Provide installation support for Alaska."

"The Army in Alaska's strategic location, unsurpassed training capabilities, long-term economic impact and partnership with Alaskan communities make it a significant national asset and world-class power projection platform for military operations anywhere in the world."



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