Dept. of Public Works - Environmental
| USAG Alaska - Fort Wainwright

Natural Resources

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. The land managed by Fort Wainwright comprises almost 10 percent of the total training land available to the Army.

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, Donnelly Training Area, Gerstle River Training Area, Black Rapids Training Area, and Whistler Creek 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.