Management of the Tongass National Forest follows the guidance of the Tongass Land Management Plan, first completed in 1979 and most recently modified in 2008. The plan incorporates an adaptive management strategy, and has been reviewed and amended a number of times over the years. Forest Plan updates reflect changing conditions, information and requirements, to provide for long-term resource sustainability as well as the economic and social needs of the public.

Projects are planned, with help from stakeholders, to foster the continued health of the forest and to provide commodities and experiences to people who depend on, live surrounded by, and visit our largest national forest, as well as people throughout the nation.

Proposed projects are listed quarterly by ranger district in which they will take place. Projects in the planning process all have contact people to help you participate if you so wish. Some also post draft documents for review. Please contact the appropriate district office to be added to mailing lists or otherwise involved in their plans.

Once decisions have been made, they are posted. Decisions on appeals of district-level projects are also posted, as are decisions on appeals of forest-level appeals.

To view our Appeals Responses, please visit the Forest Service Appeal Response page for the Tongass National Forest.

To view our Objection Responses, please visit the Forest Service Objection Response page for the Tongass National Forest.

Due to the fact that some of these files are so large, you may find it useful to right click and download or save the document(s) off to your own computer.



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Tongass National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Continuation of Mineral Exploration on Woewodski Island

Special use permit to conduct geophysical surveys (requires no ground disturbance), and surface rock and sediment sampling with hand tools.

Northern Tongass Integrated Weed Management Plan

Establish an integrated weed management plan that includes manual and mechanical treatments, and herbicides to eradicate, contain, or control existing and new weed infestations. Project area includes the 5 northern management units on the TNF.

Rainforest Telecom Lease Renewal

The USDA Forest Service, Juneau Ranger District has received a request from Rainforest Telecom Inc. to issue a lease for their communication tower at the Auke Mountain Communication Site.

SSRAA Burnett Inlet Hatchery Residence

Construct new residence for staff housing at the Burnett Inlet Fish Hatchery, operated by Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association. Proposed house and deck to have a footprint of 38x56', one and a half stories tall, visible from saltwater.

Yakutat Ranger District 5 Year Precommercial Thinning Project

Precommercial tree thinning of approximately 2284 acres over a 5 year period. Enhance timber and wildlife habitat values by improving diameter growth and vigor of residual trees and promoting greater understory development.

Under Analysis

Angoon Airport Project

The FAA issued NOA on 9/2/16, with Alternative 12a and Access 12a as their preferred alternative. A ROD will be issued no sooner than 30 days from the NOA. The preferred alt. is on private lands therefore FS has no decision to issue.

Angoon-Mitchell Bay Outfitter and Guide Environmental Assessment

We aim to strike a balance between subsistence use resources, wilderness resources, tourism, and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), Section 506 (a)(3)(E). We propose allocating 2388 service days to outfitters and guides.

ATV/OHV Usage for Powerline Maintenance

Southeast Alaska Power Agency is proposing the use of ATV/OHV in closed areas, including roads and powerline right of ways for powerline maintenance.

Crab Fishing Gear Storage and Similar Shoreline Uses on the Petersburg Ranger District

The intent of this environmental analysis is to provide for the issuance of special use permits to authorize crab fishing gear storage and similar uses on the shoreline on National Forest lands on the Petersburg Ranger District.

Dog Salmon Wildlife Viewing Area Enhancement Project

Enhance wildlife viewing opportunities at the existing Dog Salmon Wildlife Viewing Area by improving the surface and circulation of the parking area, installing a vault toilet, installing interpretive kiosk and redesigning the viewing platform.

East Ohmer Creek Restoration

Propose instream and floodplain restoration on approximately 0.2 mile of East Ohmer Ck and 0.4 mile of Lumpy Ck, one of its tributaries. Construct wood structures for pool creation and cover. Perform maintenance on currently excavated rearing ponds.

Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company 2017-2021 Surface Exploration

Admiralty Island National Monument has received a five-year surface exploration Plan of Operations from Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company for mineral exploration activities on the Tongass National Forest.

Ideal Cove Trail Reconstruction

Re-route and reconstruct Ideal Cove Trail.

Kake to Petersburg Transmission Line Intertie Project

Determine location for a power transmission line between the communities of Petersburg and Kake. No new roads would be constructed.

Raven Trail Reconstruction Phase 2

Re-route and reconstruct a 3-mile section of the Raven Trail.

Reissue Four Special Use Authorizations on the Petersburg Ranger District that expire on 12/31/2016

Reissue special use authorizations for the following existing uses: power transmission line near Kake; telephone line near Kake; power transmission line on Mitkof Island; and road use on Mitkof Island (NFS roads 6235, 6204 and 6206).

Saddle Lakes Timber Sale

An SEIS will be prepared for the timber sale portion of the Saddle Lakes FEIS. The March 2016 Decision authorized the ROW to the State of Alaska and modification to the barrier to fish passage on Salt Creek

Seal Creek Rock Pit

Expand existing rock pit up to ten acres and 250,000 tons of aggregate material.

Shoreline II Oufitter/Guide (formerly Shoreline II Outfitter and Guide Management Plan)

This project will determine recreation use levels for saltwater-based outfitters and guides on the Admiralty N. M., Hoonah, Juneau, and Sitka Ranger Districts. A Proposed Action will be developed to allocate service days to outfitter/guide use.

Sonar Cabin Replacement Project

Replace deteriorated cabin used by ADF&G for fisheries research on the Stikine River.

South Fork Saginaw Creek Restoration Project

Proposal includes instream and riparian restoration on approx 0.6 mi of S Fork Saginaw Ck and up to 0.4 mi of Shorty Ck on Kuiu Is. These streams support populations of pink, chum and coho salmon, and steelhead, cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden char.

Tongass Land and Resource Management Plan Amendment

The Tongass Land Management Plan Amendment supports a transition from old growth harvest to a young growth-based timber program, while preserving natural resources and a viable timber industry. The Amendment also supports renewable energy development

Whitestone Harbor Rock Pits

Expand two existing rock pits.

Wrangell Island Project EIS

Develop/implement multi-year project involving a variety of timber harvest and road construction.

Analysis Completed

2014 Kensington Fuel Depot

Coeur Alaska requests authorization for Petro Marine to install a bulk fuel depot at the Kensington Mine to replace current iso-container fuel system.

Dangerous River Boat Launch

The purpose of this project is to provide better and safer access to the Dangerous River and up into Harlequin Lake for recreation, subsistence and commercial fishing. Additional parking and turn around space and an outhouse will also be included.

Improvements for Neck Lake & El Capitan Cave Roads EA

Project analyzes potential improvements to the existing 20.5 miles of road north of the Neck Lake junction. Project runs east to Whale Pass seaplane base and north to El Cap parking lot.

Kosciusko Vegetation Management and Watershed Improvement Project

Manage roughly 1,500 acres of young-growth for multiple resource objectives and harvest an estimated 75 acres of old-growth, to meet Forest Plan objectives and assist in the transition to a young-growth industry.

Man Made Hole Stream Channel Maintenance

This project proposes to re-excavate a channel that connects a tributary of Blind River to the pond at Man Made Hole. Currently, the flow into the pond has been reduced due to natural deposition of sand and gravel in the channel.

Millrock Exploration's Apex El Nido 2016 Exploration

Proposed activities include hard rock exploration through helicopter-supported diamond core drilling. A maximum of 5 drill pads will be built with up to 2 drill holes at each pad. 0.1 acres of surface disturbance expected. No trees will be cut.

Naha Ramp Replacement

Replace ramp which reaches from the dock to land. Windstorm irreparably damaged old one in 2013, unsafe for use.

Shelikof Stream Restoration Project. Restore Shelikof Creek through addition of Large Wood.

The intent of this project is restore Shelikof Creek through the installation of Large Wood structures using heavy equipment and helicopter placement. Structures will provide need pool habitat and other channel form features which are missing.

Sitka Young Growth

Approximately 340 acres of young growth harvest in the False Island and Corner Bay areas, to provide wood products and manage timber for future yields.

Swan Lake Hydroelectric License Amendment Special Use Authorization

The Project Decision Notice and FONSI were signed by the Forest Supervisor on January 21, 2016

Treadwell Ditch Trail Bridge Replacement

Replacement/construction of 38 bridges on Treadwell Ditch Trail, construction of two reroutes and one section of gravel tread.

On Hold

Anan Management Plan Update

10-year review of current visitor management practices at the Anan Wildlife Observatory. Project will examine new management strategies to address known issues including high commercial visitor demand and available access by non-commercial visitors.

Berg Bay Cabin Replacement

Replace existing A-frame cabin and toilet with new, regionally approved cabin and toilet.

Cannon Beach Day-Use Area Improvements Project

The shelter is rotting and will be replaced with a larger structure. Outdoor seating and tables will be placed between the shelter and pavilion. The barrels from the two cannons will be reattached. Site signage will be improved and updated.

Deer Lake Coho Rearing Facility Permit Re-Issuance (NSRAA)

Re-issue special use permit for coho rearing facility- run by NSRAA

EC Phillips Shoreties

Special Use Permit renewal for shoreties.

Hidden Falls Fish Hatchery Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Re-Issue of special use permit for a salmon hatchery run by Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association.

Kahli Cove SUP

Special use permit for upland uses in support of an existing mariculture lease. Upland uses include shoreties, water line, satellite dishes, and an existing foot trail.

Lake Osprey Hydropower, Little Port Walter NMFS Marine Station Special Use Permit

Issue new special use permit for re-construction and use of an existing hydropower facility at Little Port Walter NMFS Marine Station

Naukati Timber Sale

This project is still being developed and will change because of new policy and direction. This project will include both young-growth and old-growth management and other non-timber resource activities. Project name will change.

Sal Creek Cabin and Trail EA

Construct a cabin with young growth and access trail in the Sal Creek area.

Sea Otter Cabin Site Assessment

Determine location to erect Sea Otter public use recreational log cabin.

Sitka Smoke House Project

Issue a new special use permit to the Sitka Tribe of Alaska for the construction and use of a traditional Tlingit Smokehouse for Tribal use and educational purposes.

Yakutat Access Travel Management Plan Revision

Revise Yakutat Ranger District Access Travel Management Plan (originally signed in May 2008). Consider additional roads and/or trails to be designated as open for public use

Yakutat Ranger District Carrying Capacity Analysis

The Yakutat Ranger District (YRD) is in the process of determineing the recreation visitor capacity for the district. The main purpose is to provide a rationale to guide decision-making for allocating outfitter and guide use across the district.


Duncan Creek Fishpass Maintenance

Patch a hole in Duncan Creek's concrete water diversion wall. Approximately 0.07 cubic yards of concrete will be used for the patch.

Gravelly Creek Trail Extension EA

Extension of trail from Gravelly Creek at Thorne River to Falls Creek.

Kosciusko Vegetation Management Project

It was decided to cancel this project and develop the Kosciusko Vegetation Management Watershed Improvement Project as it allowed a strategic management approach to the transition of young-growth while focusing integrated activities on resource needs

Port Snettisham Iron Ore Project 2013 Plan of Operations

The 2013 Plan of Operations for surface exploration activities at the Port Snettisham Iron Ore Project proposes helicopter-supported core drilling at nine sites and a temporary camp.

Sunnahae Mountain Trail

Reconstruction of the Sunnahae Mountain Trail to improve and provide safe access.

West Glacier Trailhead Improvements

Proposed improvements at West Glacier Trailhead include vault toilets (4 holes total),a shelter at the commercial launch area, new trailhead sign, a new gate to and an access trail from the commercial launch area

Project Archive

Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.