Media Toolkit

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Your one-stop resource shop for all things MEDIA

Greetings media partners! As you look for story ideas, research topics, or write your articles, we want to make it as easy as possible to gather the information you need. This guide was developed to help you find photos or graphics to complement your articles, and provide a wealth of Forest Service information at your fingertips.

This Media Toolkit is for your use if you are:


  • Interested in our Trending Topics?

November brings the signs of winter to Alaska’s National Forests. Check out the links below to learn about a long awaited cabin re-opening, bark beetle mitigation efforts, wood energy grant opportunities, bear safety and how to stay informed and involved in forest management.

These are some of the trending topics from the Chugach and the Tongass National Forests:

Popular Goose Bay Cabin to reopen in Prince William Sound Contest to award free two-night stay

The Chugach National Forest is reopening its newly reconstructed Goose Bay Cabin in Prince William Sound on Oct. 22 and sponsoring a contest for a free, two-night stay next summer. 

Spruce beetle mitigation efforts to begin in October

The Seward Ranger District of the Chugach National Forest will initiate spruce beetle mitigation efforts across five Forest Service campgrounds beginning in October 2021.

Get creative with wood products, apply now for USDA wood innovations grants

Now is the time to get those creative juices flowing for new ways to use wood products from Alaska’s National Forests. In celebration of National Forest Products Week, grant applications for 2022 USDA Wood Innovations grants are now open.

Keep bear safety in mind this fall while living near or enjoying Alaska’s National Forests

Both residents and visitors to Alaska’s National Forests this month should use extra caution when out and about and at home. As fish runs wind down and berry crops decline, bears are hungry and looking for food in preparation for hibernation.

Stay informed, involved in management of the Tongass

Anyone interested in information about activities occurring on Tongass National Forest or wanting to share recommendations and concerns about Tongass projects, have multiple options for being involved in the management of their public lands.



Creative wood energy grants help rural Alaska communities and forests alike

Alaskan artist residency celebrates 12th year hosting creative stewards



These are just a few examples of the hundreds of projects across the 11 Ranger Districts of Alaska’s two National Forests. For more information on how the National Forests are being managed, please visit Follow us on Twitter at @AKForestService,  @TongassNF and @ChugachForestAK and the Tongass and Chugach National Forests Facebook pages.





  • Wanting to chat with a Forest Service expert about a specific topic?    

    • We have Forest Service experts in the following areas. Please contact us if you would like to set up an interview:

      • Fisheries biologists – Interested in learning more about the fish and fishing industry in Alaska? Set up a meet and greet with one of our experts!

      • Wildlife biologists – Wildlife biologists can talk about the unique wildlife we have in Alaska and share great places for viewing opportunities.

      • Botanists & Forest ecologists – We have plant, fungi and climate change experts who would love to share what they do and more about the plants and fungi you can find in the forest as well as our changing climate.

      • Recreation Specialists – Are you curious what goes in to operating campgrounds, maintaining trails and all of the wonderful recreation opportunities we offer? Get the inside scoop by chatting with a recreation specialist.

      • Bridge & Structural Engineers – Want to know about bridges and the work that goes into Forest Service structures? Set up an interview to learn more!

      • Geographic Information Specialists – Interested in the maps and information being developed by our specialists? GIS specialists would be happy to share what they are working on.

      • Jobs and recruitment specialists – Would you like to learn about career opportunities with the Forest Service or help share job opportunities? HR specialists can help you learn about the process and current job opportunities.

      • Timber specialists – Are you interested in learning more about timber harvest and how we plan timber sales? Reach out to speak with a timber specialist and learn more!

      • Silviculturists – Do you want to learn more about tree growth, tree species and reforestation? Our experts would be happy to share more information!


Key Contacts

Regional Public Affairs

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

Erica Keene
Media Relations Specialist
(907) 586-8892

Forest Public Affairs

Chugach National Forest

Alan Brown
Public Affairs Officer
(907) 743-9444
Chugach National Forest webpage

Tongass National Forest

Punky Moore
Public Affairs & Partnerships (Detail)
(530) 640-1168
Tongass National Forest webpage