Welcome to the Chugach National Forest

A snow covered Portage Lake

A snow-covered Portage Lake                               photo by Charles Lindemuth

The Chugach National Forest asks the public to please recreate responsibly. Law enforcement and/or search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 issues. High-risk activities and backcountry activities that increase your chance of injury or distress should be avoided. We encourage you to follow public health guidelines regarding social distancing while you recreate in National Forests.

For forest-specific recreation closures, please contact the local office or explore our website. For more information about how the Forest Service is responding to COVID-19, click here.

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Outfitter and Guide Open Season

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Proposals are being accepted from July 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020  for new outfitter and guide proposals for limited activities on the Glacier, Seward or Cordova Ranger Districts.

Land Management Plan - Status Update

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April 16, 2020 the Chugach National Forest released the Final Record of Decision for its 2020 Land Management Plan. The land management plan will guide all management decisions and activities such as the preservation of cultural and historic resources, recreation, subsistence use, and wildlife habitat management on the 5.4 million-acre Forest. The 2020 Land Management Plan will allow for flexible, active management of the landscape to foster sustainable, productive use of the national forest, while balancing the need to maintain healthy and resilient forest ecosystems and to help provide economic stability to help meet the needs of nearby communities.

For updates and more information visit: Land Management Plan Revision webpage.

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Be Bear Aware

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Safety in bear country when camping or hiking begins before you set up camp or hit the trail.

Fire Safety Information

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The most important thing members of the public can do to help during the 2020 fire year is help prevent human-caused fires.


Forest Interns, Volunteers, and Work Crews

Engaging youth in conservation stewardship; promoting healthy lifestyles; and serving communities contribute to a vibrant America. Find out more about the many faces of our volunteers!

Chugach Children's Forest

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The Chugach Children’s Forest creates opportunities for Alaska’s diverse youth and communities to connect with the over five million acres of the Chugach National Forest.

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