Spotlights Archive

A fallen tree given new life supporting recreation, honoring employee

Sitka Cross Trail  John Sherrod Memorial Bench Sitka, AlaksaUsing a yellow cedar log from the forest, Sitka-based artist and small-business owner Zach LaPerriere crafted a memorial bench honoring John Sherrod, a long-time Forest Service employee.



Net Zero – Putting sustainability first in the Last Frontier

Net Zero Map View of ocean and mountain topsNet Zero is defined as the state when our business operations are in balance with our environment, resulting in zero net consumption. 



Young Growth Story Map

Young Growth Story MapThis story map will provide stand-level inventory data and information for decision makers and stakeholders in the Alaska region.



Voices of the Wilderness

Artist in hat and green shirt paints a mountain rangeA unique residency opportunity in the Alaskan wilderness for artists.



Smokey Bear, Tongass staff join Women in Safe Homes for Ward Lake family night

WISH KMRD Ward Lake Evening - Smokey Bear & Marla BoothKetchikan Misty Fiords Ranger District employees and Smokey Bear participated in the Women in Safe Homes (WISH) safety-themed family night at Ward Lake in August.


Tongass staff, partners restore Spasski Creek by hand

Spasski Creek project with the Hoonah Native Forest Partnership Crew

“We made incredible progress on the stream restoration and installed eight structures that are going to be very beneficial to that tributary.” - Ian Johnson. 


Ecological team recently spent three weeks collecting soil, vegetation data

Denis Landwehr, Tongass Soil Scientist studies soil while wearing green hard hatThis year’s work caps off three successive years of inventory work on Price of Wales Island to update soil maps to aid in young-growth management.


KMRD, KRAC, and SCA students deliver first of forty new picnic tables

KMRD SCA Group with new picnic tableKetchikan Misty Fiords Ranger District, in cooperation with the KRAC and SCA have completed assembly and delivery of the first new picnic table at Signla Creek Campground.


Anan Wildlife Observatory event recognizes safety, access improvements

Anan 2017 Re-Dedication Ribbon CuttingFS leadership, the WCA Tribal Government, the Wrangell Borough, and Wrangell Chamber of Commerce gather recognize recent improvements to the Anan Wildlife Observatory


Fish, fun in Kake for 20th annual kids’ derby

A child and her parent identify macroinvertebrate insects at an educational table at the Kake derbyMore than 100 kids attended the 20th annual Kake Kids’ Fishing Derby on July 1, 2017. 



Building a pool, increasing salmon yield in Lena Beach

Deep pool forming at the bottom of the Picnic Creek fish ladderThe temporary repair is meant to hold until the permanent restoration work begins, scheduled for 2018 under the Lena Beach Renovation Project.



Juneau artist Sharron Lobaugh honored at Mendenhall Glacier

Juneau artist Sharron LobaughFamily of the late artist Sharron Lobaugh gathered at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center to remember the long-time Juneau artist who donated her artwork for the 2017 season pass.


Tongass Cuts into the National Saw Policy to prepare for summer 

Yakutat NCCC Members pose with a chainsaw WebIn April and May the Hoonah, Juneau, and Yakutat Ranger Districts trained & certified employees, NCC Crews, and Trail Mix Inc. persons on power saw use.



Sawyers remove hazard trees with traditional tools, skills

Robert Marek 1 WebIn April, fifteen people, mostly Forest Service employees and a pair from the non-profit group Trail mix, received cross-cut saw certifications at all levels.



Ribbon cutting ceremony opens Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center’s new bookstore

Mendenhall Bookstore Ribbon Cutting WebThe bookstore will be open year round. Strengthening the connection to the Juneau community is the greatest benefit of bringing in their new partner, Discovery Southeast.


River rangers protect people, wildlife, habitat on the Situk

Lisa Byers stops to talk to an angler on the Situk RiverRiver rangers bring conservation education to people by sharing conservation knowledge and a culture of stewardship with Situk river users.


Forest Service, community start Tlingit potato garden

Tlingit Potato Garden 2Forest Service staff, students, and community members, gathered at the Sitka Ranger Distict April 14, to plant Tlingit potatoes—kunz, in Tlingit.


University students, AmeriCorps NCC volunteers help the Tongass

Linfield College StudentsAt the end of March, dozens of excited and energetic volunteers arrived in Southeast Alaska, ready to get involved in the hands-on work of managing their national forest lands.



Southeast Alaska Discovery Center dedicates theater, new Peratrovich exhibit

Elizabeth Peratrovich Theater Dedication Group PhotoThe little-known story of Elizabeth Peratrovich and her fight against racism in Alaska will now be shared with many of the million-plus visitors who arrive in Ketchikan each summer. 



Tongass Ranger receives 2017 Tongass Collaborative Stewardship Group award

Angoon Youth Conservation CorpsANGOON, Alaska – Admiralty Island National Monument and Hoonah Ranger District Ranger Chad VanOrmer received the 2017 Tongass Collaborative Stewardship Group award, on February 8, 2017.



Tongass NF, partners work together to restore salmon habitat

Kruzof Restoration 10The Shelikof Restoration is a Forest Service project in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Sitka Conservation Society, and TM Construction. 



Angoon YCC: Next Generation of Stewards Work on Their Traditional Lands

Angoon YCC Crew spelling out YCCIn its second year, the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) provided meaningful summer employment opportunities and new experiences for four students from Angoon, Alaska.



AmeriCorps NCCC: Yakutat Benefits from Youth Team Action

Team Blue Picture of a selfieIn 2016, the Tongass National Forest, Yakutat Ranger District benefited enormously from a new partnership with AmeriCorps NCCC.



Discovery Southeast: Teacher Expedition to Inian Islands Wilderness Area

Inian Islands Wilderness Area teacher lead expeditionDiscovery Southeast: Teacher expedition to Inian Islands Wilderness Area helps Forest Service achieve Wilderness Performance Measures.