Restoring Alaska’s Tongass National Forest for Salmon

Release Date: Sep 13, 2012  

NEWS RELEASE             USDA Forest Service
Alaska Region



Beth Pendleton           907.586.8863
USDA Forest Service, Alaska Regional Forester

Norman Cohen            907.523.8157
The Nature Conservancy in Alaska, Southeast Alaska Program Director

Krystyna Wolniakowski         503.702.0245
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Western Regional Partnership Director


Restoring Alaska’s Tongass National Forest for Salmon

JUNEAU, Alaska– The USDA Forest Service Alaska Region, The Nature Conservancy, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation formed a $1 million partnership to enhance wild salmon habitat by restoring four Tongass National Forest watersheds in 2013.


This partnership will accelerate restoration of priority salmon-bearing streams in Southeast Alaska including: Twelvemile Creek, Staney Creek, Luck Lake/Eagle Creek on Prince of Wales Island; and Saginaw Creek on Kuiu Island.  It will also provide cooperative opportunities for a wide variety of partners and will provide jobs to support rural community economies.


A combination of factors determines the biological productivity of each watershed. This productivity affects the capacity to grow large trees and support fish and wildlife.  Most watersheds on the Tongass National Forest are in near-natural conditions, but some critical floodplain areas in important fish-producing watersheds are not.  The Forest Service, in collaboration with Alaska Native tribes, conservation groups, and other resource users, prioritized the restoration of watersheds with the greatest potential for rapid recovery.


The Tongass National Forest is America’s largest national forest and produces more wild salmon than all other national forests combined.  The more than 17,000 miles of salmon streams on the Forest produce enough salmon to fuel the economic engine of Southeast Alaska.


The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and the Forest Service are making this effort so that Tongass wild salmon will continue to maintain its place of ecological, economic and social importance in Southeast Alaska.


The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation wasestablished by Congress in 1984.  It sustains, restores and enhances the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats. Working with federal, corporate and individual partners, the foundation has funded more than 4,000 organizations and committed more than $2 billion to conservation projects.  Learn more at


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Key Contacts

Regional Public Affairs

Susan Detwiler
Acting Director of Public Affairs & Partnerships
(907) 586-8803

Dru Fenster
External Affairs
(907) 586-8892


Legislative Affairs

Regional Office

Sue Detwiler
Special Assistant to the
Regional Forester
(907) 586-7945


Forest Public Affairs

Chugach National Forest

Alicia King
Public Affairs & Partnerships
(907) 743-9444


Tongass National Forest

Kent Cummins
Public Affairs & Partnerships
(907) 228-6201