The Tongass National Forest is located in the panhandle of Alaska.
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Welcome, The Tongass National Forest, the nation's largest national forest, covers most of Southeast Alaska, surrounding the famous Inside Passage. It offers unique chances to view eagles, bears, spawning salmon, and the breath-taking vistas of "wild" Alaska. You can take a sled-dog ride on a glacier, hike boardwalk trails, fish in streams or the ocean, or just relax at a remote cabin. The Tongass offers a vast array of fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, and bear viewing options. Our most popular is the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. On the web site you will find hours of oporation, trails information, bear viewing information, and a downloadable PDF version of the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Map & Information brochure.

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2008 Tongass Land Management Plan Amendment

2008 TLMP 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 (Tongass Advisory Committee) to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service on the transition to young growth timber, including the forest plan amendment. 

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Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area Map & Information

Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area Map

The MGVC 2015 Trail Map and Information brochure is now available for download.