ANILCA Trainings

The Institute of the North hosts a comprehensive ANILCA Training course on the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980. As a result of ANILCA, nearly 140 million acres (more than one third of Alaska) are now federal conservation system units, such as national parks and wildlife refuges. Congress balanced the unprecedented scale of these designations with similarly unprecedented accommodations for Alaskans’ way of life and reliance on a resource-based economy.

This course is offered in partnership with the US Department of the Interior University (DOIU), building on a curriculum developed in 2004 with an appropriation from Congress. The current two-day course is substantially modified and updated, and continues to evolve to meet contemporary needs.

Course content: This two-day ANILCA Training brings together numerous subject matter experts to provide an overview of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 (ANILCA), including:


  • Summary of Alaska ’s land history from Territorial days through ANILCA to present
  • Context of ANILCA’s passage – including major constituents, issues of the day, and the
  • Great Compromise
  • Overview of ANILCA statutory provisions by Title or Section
  • Key access provisions of ANILCA, including access for traditional activities, subsistence, inholdings, and transportation & utility systems
  • Subsistence on federal lands
  • Wilderness reviews and management
  • ANILCA implementation, including federal land planning
  • Case studies

Presenters: Federal agency representatives and others with extensive ANILCA experience.

Materials included: Copy of ANILCA & Amendments; presentation documents; and portable USB drive with relevant laws, regulations and other supporting documents.

Discussion sessions on ANILCA issues take place both days during lunch – lunch, coffee, and continental breakfast provided.

Recommended for: Federal agencies with ANILCA implementation responsibilities, state and local land and resource managers, Native corporations, rural residents and inholders, as well as community leaders, policy makers, consultants, the academic community and the interested public.

Objective: Upon completion of the training, attendees have a greater understanding of this sweeping legislation and its influence on conservation policy, business opportunities, resource development, and public land management in Alaska.

Registration closes one week in advance, unless already full. 35 participants minimum; 55 participants maximum.

Course questions? Contact Roger Pearson, ANILCA Training organizer and moderator.