The association works to promote the mining industry in Alaska. It advocates the development and use of Alaska's mineral resources to provide an economic base for the State.
AMA monitors the activities of State and Federal Government, Congress and the Legislature that affect mineral development, including:
- Regulations and policies developed by State and Federal Agencies.
- Land use plans
- Permitting processes
- Proposed legislation
- Taxes, fees, or other costs levied against the industry.
- Inventory, mapping, and data collection
- Education Programs
The College of Engineering and Mines at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has been educating engineering students since 1922 when the school was founded as the Alaska Agriculture College and School of Mines. Over the years, students from around the world have pursued their engineering degree with us, taking advantage of the opportunity to learn one-on-one from outstanding faculty in the unique environment of Interior Alaska.
The Division of Mining, Land and Water manages all state-owned land except for trust property and units of the Alaska State Park System. When all land conveyances under the Alaska Statehood Act are complete, the division will be responsible for over 100 million acres of uplands, including non-petroleum minerals in these lands. We also manage Alaska's 65 million acres of tidelands, shorelands, and submerged lands, including some 34,000 miles of coastline. Finally, we have jurisdiction over all of the State's water resources, equaling about 40% of the entire nation's stock of fresh water.
Mining has been a part of Alaska’s economy and culture for over 125 years since the gold rushes brought thousands of prospectors to the far-flung, untamed wilds of Alaska.
Today, mining directly and indirectly employs thousands of Alaskans across the state. Sophisticated American and international companies use the latest technologies to identify remote deposits of silver, gold, copper, zinc, and other metals necessary in our everyday lives. It takes years to develop a plan to extract those resources in the most environmentally sound manner.
Alaska remains a promising and exciting place for exploration and development. A growing global economy and demand for raw materials means that Alaska’s rich diversity of natural resources will continue to attract large-scale mining operations as well as small exploration companies.
RDC is the Resource Development Council for Alaska, Inc., a statewide business association comprised of individuals and companies from Alaska’s oil and gas, mining, forest products, tourism and fisheries industries. RDC’s membership includes Alaska Native Corporations, local communities, organized labor, and industry support firms. RDC’s purpose is to encourage a strong, diversified private sector in Alaska and expand the state’s economic base through the responsible development of our natural resources.
RDC was formed in 1975, originally as the Organization for Management of Alaska's Resources (OMAR). After three years working to obtain a trans-Alaska gas pipeline, RDC changed its name to reflect its broader agenda of education and advocacy on all resource issues in Alaska.
We are a bureau within the United States Department of the Interior. The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) is organized with Headquarters located in Washington DC, three regional offices – the Appalachian, Mid-Continent, and Western regional offices. The regional offices are comprised of Area and Fields offices.
OSM is responsible for establishing a nationwide program to protect society and the environment from the adverse effects of surface coal mining operations, underwhich OSM is charged with balancing the nation’s need for continued domestic coal production with protection of the environment.
BLM's Fairbanks District Office manages 51.7 million acres of public lands in northern Alaska. The district is divided into three field offices, all located in the district office building in Fairbanks. TheArctic Field Office manages lands on the North Slope. The Eastern Interior Field Office manages public lands in east-central Alaska, while the Central Yukon Field Office covers a central swath across Alaska from the Canadian border to the northwestern coast.
The purpose of the Mine Safety and Health Administration is to prevent death, disease, and injury from mining and to promote safe and healthful workplaces for the Nation's miners.