President Biden’s budget invests $11.3 million in Alaska’s National Forests for outdoor projects

Release Date: Jun 4, 2021

Contact(s): Erica Keene

JUNEAU, Alaska – June 4, 2021 – An investment of $11.3 million has been proposed for Alaska’s National Forests as part of the Biden administration’s 2022 funding allocations through the Great American Outdoors Act.

Selected projects will serve as a spark for economic development and employment opportunities in rural communities. These continued investments will strengthen shared stewardship of Alaska’s National Forests by expanding work with public and private partners.

“Working within our local communities, listening to feedback, and continuing to strengthen relationships is a priority for us,” said Alaska Regional Forester Dave Schmid. “With more than 40 projects proposed for funding in 2022, we will be able to continue to grow our communities and make some much-needed improvements to our most treasured areas.”

Funding allows the Alaska Region to focus on project maintenance for recreation infrastructure, improving roads, visitor centers, campgrounds, and trails, and expanding visitor access and experiences. These projects are creating jobs and opportunities for Tribal Nations and nonprofit partners as well as local contractors.

Find a joint news release from the Departments of Interior and Agriculture about the national investment of $2.8 billion at: A full list of proposed Alaska Region 2022 projects is available online at: For more information on the Great American Outdoors Act, visit:

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Regional Public Affairs

Jackie Chandler
Director, Public Affairs
(907) 586-8803

Forest Public Affairs

Chugach National Forest

Brandon Raile
Public Affairs Specialist
Chugach National Forest webpage

Tongass National Forest

Paul Robbins Jr.
Public Affairs & Partnerships
Tongass National Forest webpage