Homesteading in Alaska: A Thing of the Past

Homesteading in Alaska was suspended due to Public Land Order 5418, an order declaring that the Federal Government had no land for sale in Alaska in 1975.

| January/February 1975

  • Alaskan Mountains
    Beautiful, unreserved lands in Alaska were not for sale in 1975.

  • Alaskan Mountains

Questions about homesteading in Alaska were put to rest after a MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader asked the federal government about public lands in Alaska.

For many land-hungry homesteaders, Alaska has always been the “last frontier”: the one area where public tracts (or so the rumor had it) were still available for settlement. No longer! E.R. Flicker of Dearborn, Mich. recently sent an inquiry to the Bureau of Land Management and received the following answer, which we’re printing in full to save other would-be settlers the trouble of writing Washington. Sad though the news may be, we're grateful to E.R. for passing it on . . . and we urge all our readers to share current information that may help others in their search for property. 


ASO 2567-9A

No Federal lands in Alaska are open to homesteading. 

Homesteading in Alaska is definitely a thing of the past. Public Land Order 5418, which became effective in late March 1974, withdrew the remaining “unreserved public land” in Alaska‚ closing it to homesteading and other types of settlement under the public land laws.

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