Habitat Section
Mission and Core Services


Protect Alaska's valuable fish and wildlife resources and their habitats as Alaska's population and economy continue to expand.

Core Services

  • Review applications and issue permits for activities in fish-bearing waters and legislatively designated Special areas; provide expertise to protect important fish and wildlife habitat; monitor authorized projects and conduct compliance actions.
  • Manage Alaska’s Special Areas in accordance with legislative guidelines; prepare and update management plans for these areas.
  • Review proposed timber harvest activities; conduct field inspections; work cooperatively with timber operators and other governmental agencies
  • Review development projects (e.g., oil and gas, hard rock mining, hydroelectric) authorized under other agencies’ authorities.
  • Maintain and update the “Catalog of Waters Important for Spawning, Rearing, or Migration of Anadromous Fishes.”
  • Conduct applied research to develop methods and means to minimize impacts of development projects on fish and wildlife resources
  • Seek opportunities to improve and protect habitat in cooperation with state and federal agencies, local governments, non-governmental organizations, and others.