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.

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Tongass National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Angoon-Mitchell Bay Outfitter and Guide Environmental Assessment

This project aims 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).

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.

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

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

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.

Improvements for Neck Lake & El Capitan Cave Roads EA (North POW Environmental Study)

Project analyzes potential improvements to the existing 19 miles of road north of the Neck Lake junction. Project runs east to Whale Pass seaplane base and north to El Cap parking lot.

Petersburg Ranger District Riparian Thinning

This project proposes to selectively thin previously-harvested conifer and alder stands in riparian areas adjoining Class I & II fish streams, where thinning would benefit the desired future condition of the site.

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.

Tenakee Peril Strait Thinning Project

4,149 acres of upland Thinning in old growth, timber production, scenic viewshed, and special interest area Land Use Designations.

Under Analysis

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.

2015 Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company Surface Exploration Annual Work Plan

Exploration activities include reconnaissance and detailed geological mapping, ground surveying, geochemical sampling (rocks, soils, and stream silts), and ground geophysical surveying.

2015 Herbert Gold Project

Work proposed for 2015 consists of up to 30,000 feet of diamond drilling, further detailed mapping and surface sampling and trench sampling as was done in 2011-2012.

Anan Floating Dock

The Wrangell Ranger District proposes to construct a small floating dock in Anan Bay to provide for increased safety for visitors to the Anan Wildlife Observatory. The project includes associated trail improvements and outhouse construction.

Angoon Airport Project

The FAA is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to consider alternatives to, and impacts of constructing a new land-based commercial airport near the City of Angoon. The FAA is the lead agency and the USFS is a cooperator per an MOU.

Baranof Island Brewing Company Special Forest Products Permit for the Harvest of Spruce Tips

The Sitka Ranger District is proposing to authorize the commercial harvest of 2,000 pounds of spruce tips, with the potential to increase harvest to up to 10,000 pounds with annual review, on US Forest Service lands by the Baranof Island Brewing Co.

Big Thorne EIS

The Big Thorne EIS is a multi-year timber sale component of a larger stewardship effort which will include restoration and enhancement stewardship activities that will be identified through other environmental analyses.

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.

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.

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.

Eight Fathom Rock Pit

Expand existing rock pit for aggregate material.

He'en Latinee Meteorological Development

Authorize for the Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station, Forestry Sciences Laboratory, to upgrade and install solar powered, automated meteorological monitoring stations at three locations in the He'en Latinee Experimental Forest.

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.

Kensington 2015 Annual Exploration Plan

Exploration activities include reconnaissance and detailed geological mapping, ground surveying, geochemical sampling (rocks, soils, and stream silts), and ground geophysical surveying.

Kosciusko Vegetation Management and Watershed Improvement Project

Manage roughly 4,000 acres of young-growth for multiple resource objectives and harvest an estimated 200 acres of old-growth, to meet Forest Plan objectives and assist in the transition to a young-growth industry.

Kruzof Island Outfitter Guide EA

To determine the amount of recreation use that the Mud Bay and Eagle River road systems can accommodate, and then decide how much should be allocated to commercial use.

Lena Beach Recreation Area Renovation

To address concerns and improve the site: pave and change the road to one-way, add parking, install gates, reconstruct 5 shelters, add accessible trails, replace outhouses, improve fish passage, and add other recreation amenities.

Margaret Wildlife Observation Enhancements

Improve bear viewing opportunities at the observation site

Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area Planning

JRD is reviewing year-round recreation use by both independent and guided visitors within the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area in order to update and revise its commercial capacity allocation.

Mitkof Island

Project provides units for small timber sales, a one-time predominantly helicopter-based offering with a limited number of ground-based harvest units requiring road construction, and supports a programmatic microsale program on Mitkof Island.

Navy Timber Sale

Timber Harvest and Road Construction.

Saddle Lakes Timber Sale

The proposed action would harvest almost 30 million board feet (MMBF) of timber on about 2,207 acres using cable, shovel, and helicopter logging systems; and would construct up to 16 miles of NFS system and temporary road.

Sal Creek Cabin and Trail EA

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

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.

Slippery Fishpass Modification

Move fishpass exit downstream and out of deposition zone so sediment and debris are washed away. Small blasting charges and rock chainsaw and hammer will be used to break up bedrock and make a new exit site (a 24" wide x 18" deep x 10' long trench).

Southern Prince of Wales Pre-commercial Thinning

The Project will pre-commercially thin approximately 5,000 acres in the Lancaster Cove, Polk Inlet, and Trocadero Bay areas.

Tongass Land and Resource Management Plan Amendment

The Tongass is analyzing Plan changes to transition away from old-growth harvest. It is looking at which lands will be available for young growth harvest, and changes to S&Gs and direction needed, while maintaining a viable timber industry.

Treadwell Ditch Trail Bridge Replacement

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

West Glacier Spur Road Area Enhancements

To improve the site and safety: add parking, install a gate, build a 0.4 mile non-motorized trail to separate traffic, construct a spur trail to the lake, install a six-hole vault outhouse to serve heavy summer use, and install signs.

Wrangell Island Project EIS

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

Analysis Completed

Davidson Creek Falls Fish Passage

Deepen an existing jump pool located on river right bank and blast a series of 4 or 5 jump pools on the river left bank. Introduce coho salmon smolt or fry into the Davidson Creek system.

Hecla Greens Creek Mine Proposed Tailings Expansion

Analyze Greens Creek's proposal to expand the existing tailings facility.

Kruzof Integrated Resource Project EA

Watershed & Fisheries enhancement, riparian, wildlife, & timber stand improvement thinning.

Luck Creek Restoration

This project would consist of tree harvest and placement of trees in Luck Creek tributaries to rehabilitate and improve aquatic habitat.

Naha Ramp Replacement

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

Reissue Four Special Use Authorizations on the Petersburg Ranger District

Reissue special use authorizations for the following uses: crab pot storage, waterline, oyster farm gear storage, isolated cabin.

Reissue Special Use Authorization for USCG Differential GPS facility at Level Island

Reissue a special use authorization to the US Coast Guard to maintain an existing differential global position system facility at Level Island. Current authorization expires Dec 21, 2014. New authorization would be issued for a 20 year term.

Soule Hydro LLC Hydroelectric Investigative Surveys Permit

Authorize Soule Hydro LLC to complete physical and biological surveys on the Soule River watershed to investigate the feasibility of the Soule River Hydro Project FERC P-13528-001

Tongass National Forest Sustainable Cabin Management Project

The Tongass is proposing to remove nine cabins and convert or replace three cabins to survival shelters to help move toward a sustainable recreation cabin program.

Windfall Harbor Shelter Rehabilitation EA

Move historic CCC shelter 34' closer to the beach to restore it to original setting. Replace and/or repair structural elements, slow its deterioration and provide separation from a brown bear trail which is close to the shelter's current location.

On Hold

ADFG Tent Platform CE

Approval of special use permit for new tent platform in Stikine-LeConte Wilderness.

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.

EC Phillips Shoreties

Special Use Permit renewal for shoreties.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.


FAA Harris River Pass Aviation Camera

Install a 100' tower to support a weather observation camera to improve avaition safety in the Harris River Pass.

Gravelly Creek Trail Extension EA

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

Harbor Mountain/Gavin Hill Trail Obliteration

Obliterate and rehabilitate 2700 LF of the Gavin Hill end of the trail.

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

Lunch Creek Trail Reconstruction

Add surfacing and drainage structures, with possible short sections of realignment, to the natural tread sections of Lunch Creek Trail from mile 0.67 to the end at mile 4.1 to reduce vegetation impacts.

Peril Straits Timber Salvage Sale

Small timber sale to salvage blowdown trees in the False Island, Hanus Bay and Appleton areas.

Peterson Lake Trail Maintenance

Trail maintenance will harden muddy sections of trail over the entire 4.2 mile length of the trail from the road to the cabin. Work will include drainage repair to move water off the tread. FAA (3)

Re-issuance of permit authorizing support of a floating lodge at False Island

Re-issue a Special Use Permit to authorize storage, water transmission lines, and other improvements to support the operations of a floating lodge and guide service at False Island.

Redoubt Lake Cabin Replacement

Replace A-Frame cabin with a Region 10 approved pan abode style cabin, due to deferred maintenance backlog and rot in the floor and roof supports

Salmon Lake Trail Reconstruction

Reconstruct 5.9 miles of Salmon Lake Trail to eliminate deferred Maintenance.

Special Use Permit application for temporary facilities for the taking of fish and wildlife

Response to an application filed for a temporary tent frame structure for customary and traditional uses for non-commercial hunting, fishing and trapping.

Special Use Permit reissuance for a pre-ANILCA cabin

Reissuing a permit to an individual to replace and then continue to use and occupy under the conditions described in ANILCA 1303(b) a pre-ANILCA cabin for the purpose of non-recreational use on National Forest System lands

Tenakee Springs Indian River Road, Coffee Cove Trail, LTF Access

Ensure access for the City of Tenakee Springs and the general public to support hydroelectric power production, recreation, subsistence, free use, firewood, and trapping

Project Archive

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