Beaver chewing on a tree. Sitka Black Tail Deer on Prince of Wales Island. Cow Parsnip adjacent to an active trail system. Two black labs enjoying their hiking adventure with their best friend. Starrigavan Creek Cabin, Sitka, Alaska. Black labs picking salmon berries.


Mendenhall Fish Cam

Sockeye in Steep Creek The fish are in and you can watch them live and in color here!



Tongass National Forest - Forest Plan Amendment

Sitka Black Tail Deer on Prince of Wales Island.Since May 24, 2014, the Tongass National Forest has been working on a proposed amendment to the 2008 Tongass Land and Resource Management Plan (Tongass Forest Plan Amendment). The Forest Service developed five alternatives for detailed analysis in response to the significant issues, including the No Action Alternative.  Alternative 5 (Preferred Alternative) is based on the recommendations from the Tongass Advisory Committee (TAC), a formally established Federal Advisory Committee that was chartered to advise the Secretary and Chief on transitioning the Tongass National Forest to young-growth forest management.

49 Sites in the 49th State

49 Sites in the 49th State.Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (October 15th, 2016). We’d like to start the celebration by highlighting 49 Sites in the 49th State (Alaska). Please enjoy your virtual tour of these very special places. 

Be a Steward of the Past: 

  • Leave artifacts where you find them - It is illegal to take artifacts from land managed by a federal agency 
  • Photograph and enjoy rock art, but do not touch fragile surfaces 
  • Help preserve the past by volunteering your time and talents


Bear Facts & Safety

Bear Facts & Safety Tips Logo.

The national forests of Alaska are home to thousands of black bears (Ursus americanus) and brown bears (Ursus arctos), and many people come to Alaska to see wild bears.

Know before you go! 

Forest Service Seeks Help to Preserve the M/V Chugach Ranger Boat

M/V Chugach underway in 2006.

The Forest Service is seeking to find an alternative use of the historic M/V Chugach, the last wooden ranger boat in the fleet operating in Southeast Alaska.


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Celebrating Wildflowers

Celebrating Wildflowers.

It's that time of year when the wildflowers are blooming so plan a visit to your National Forest today. 

VOTW Artist in Residence

2012 AiR Susan Watkins paints the breathtaking view of College Fiord in Nellie Juan-College Fiord.

The Voices of the Wilderness artist residency is a unique opportunity.


America's Public Lands Explained

National Forests.

What’s the difference between a national park, national forest and national monument?

Wilderness & Wildlife Events

A quick glance at wilderness and wildlife events and festivals around Alaska.

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