Dick Mylius has lived in Alaska for 34 years. He retired from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources in December 2010, where he had worked for 29 years. From 2004 until his retirement he was Director of the DNR Division of Mining, Land and Water. The Division manages all state-owned land.
Dick started work at the Alaska DNR in 1981. He first worked at DNR as a land planner, serving as lead planner for state land planning projects in Bristol Bay, the Copper River Basin, and Southeast Alaska. He also managed several projects to select lands for state ownership to fulfill statehood act land grants. During his career, he has conducted over 100 public meetings regarding state lands in Alaskan communities from the tip of Southeast to the Northwest Arctic. Prior to work at DNR he was employed for a small consulting firm in Anchorage and previously worked as a land planner in Northern New York State.
Since retiring, Dick has done volunteer work with the Anchorage School District and also taught several training sessions on Alaska’s state land history.
Dick holds a BA in Geography from the State University of New York and a Master of Regional Planning from the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources. He has two adult daughters. Dick and his wife Sally Gibert have been members of Alaska Common Ground since its founding.