Opportunities for New Outfitting and Guiding Services

Alaska’s National Forests have much to offer locals and visitors throughout the year. Hiking, fishing, kayaking, skiing and so much more await those seeking adventure. Outfitters and guides play a vital role in helping provide these experiences and fulfill the agency’s mission – caring for the land and serving people. A special use permit is required in advance of operating on National Forest System lands. The Forest Service regulates outfitting and guiding operations to provide safe conditions for the public and to protect natural resources. Permit holders are authorized to conduct business in specific forest areas, with an approved operating plan, and are required to provide proof of liability insurance. It is the outfitter or guide’s responsibility to verify land ownership and obtain proper authorization for use. Outfitting and guiding without a special use permit is prohibited.

Unsolicited Proposals

Annual deadline for unsolicited new applications and proposals, or requests to modify existing outfitter/guide permits, on the Tongass National Forest is January 15 prior to the season of operation.

Please keep in mind submittal by this due date does not guarantee a permit will be issued. We will continue to receive proposals after this date, however, any proposals received after the due date may not be processed in time for the upcoming operating season.  To get started, contact the Ranger District closest to the majority of your proposed activity: Ranger District offices 

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Proposals are now being accepted for guided recreation services at Pack Creek Bear Viewing Area on Admiralty Island National Monument.  The prospectus will be open for proposals from March 17, 2023 to 4:30 pm Alaska Time Zone on June 2, 2023. The prospectus and associated attachments are available at the following link.

For questions about this prospectus, please contact Sean Rielly at sean.rielly@usda.gov or 907-789-6225.

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