Land & Resources Management

 

View overlooking green trees and water

 

Management of the Tongass National Forest follows the guidance of the Tongass Land Management Plan, first completed in 1979 and most recently amended in 2008. The plan incorporates an adaptive management strategy.

People throughout America and the world perceive Alaska as an extraordinary place that should be maintained at the highest standard. Our forest is unique in having no threatened or endangered species. Healthy, productive salmon populations sustain subsistence and recreational uses, as well as a commercial fishery that is vital to the economy of Alaska. Our forest ecosystems are healthy and self-sustaining within their natural ranges of variation.

TIP - Tongass Integrated Plan: Managing the Tongass National Forest

Over the past year the Tongass NF has worked diligently to create a 5-year schedule of integrated forest management activities. We now share this completed (TIP) effort with you.

Young Growth Management on the Tongass

The future of timber management on the Tongass is in young growth forestry, but the transition to young growth harvest will not happen overnight. Read about the FS’s vision and goals.

Transition Framework

Learn more about this visionary initiative that include business, communities and government.

 2008 Tongass Land Management Plan Amendment

The Tongass National Forest announced that it will be amending the 2008 Tongass Land Management Plan.  A five year review of the current plan found that changes need to be made in order to meet the forest’s goals of transitioning to a predominantly young growth-based timber program in the next 10-15 years.  The Tongass has also launched a federal advisory committee to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service on the transition to young growth timber, including the forest plan amendment.

Forest Plan Five-Year Review Project

The Tongass National Forest is looking for feedback on its main guiding document, the 2008 Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) on the heels of the plan's five year anniversary.

Greens Creek Mine Tailings Expansion Project

The Tongass National Forest has issued a decision to allow a limited expansion of Helca Greens Creek Mining Company’s (GCM) tailings facility in Admiralty National Monument (ANM).

Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole selected a modified Alternative D from the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), with those modification described in the Record of Decision (ROD). The primary modification is not to authorize construction of a second tailings disposal facility in the Fowler Creek watershed as described in Alternative C and D of the Final EIS.

Big Thorne Project Final Supplemental Information Report (SIR)

The Big Thorne Project (located on Prince of Wales Island) was initiated in 2010 with online publication of the Schedule of Proposed Actions. A Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was published in the Federal Register in February 2011, and scoping information was sent to more than 400 individuals, organizations, Tribes, and agencies. 

Big Thorne Project & Contract Offer

The Tongass National Forest has issued its Record of Decision (ROD) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Big Thorne Project. The decision allows for the harvest of 148.9 million board feet from approximately 6,186 acres of old-growth and 2,299 acres of young-growth near Thorne Bay and Coffman Cove on Price of Wales Island within the Thorne Bay Ranger District.

The Forest Service believes the action could help stabilize the timber industry in Southeast Alaska as the Tongass makes a shift toward young growth timber harvest in the future.