Land & Resources Management

Sub Alpine trees overlooking the ocean and islands


Management of the Tongass National Forest follows the guidance of the Tongass Land Management Plan, first completed in 1979 and most recently amended in 2016. The plan incorporates an adaptive management strategy.

People throughout America and the world perceive Alaska as an extraordinary place that should be maintained at the highest standard. Healthy wildlife and salmon populations sustain subsistence and recreational uses, as well as commercial fisheries and tourism that are vital to the economy of Alaska. Our forest ecosystems are healthy and self-sustaining within their natural ranges of variation.

Tongass National Forest - Land and Resource Management Plan Amendment

Each National Forest is governed by a management plan in accordance with the National Forest Management Act (NFMA). These plans set management, protection and use goals and guidelines.

Planning involves reviewing project documents and monitoring conditions through the Monitoring and Evaluation Program to ensure projects are done in accordance with plan direction and to determine any effects that might require a change in management.

The Tongass National Forest (Tongass) completed an amendment of the 2008 Tongass Land and Resource Management Plan (Tongass Forest Plan Amendment) on December 9, 2016. Changes to the Forest Plan were developed under the 2012 Planning Rule (36 CFR 219).  The Tongass is the first national forest to amend a plan completed under the 1982 Planning Rule using the 2012 Planning Rule. 

The Forest Service engaged the public throughout the amendment process. To read the comments received on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Forest Plan Amendment, visit the Tongass Land and Resource Management Plan Amendment Reading Room

The Forest Service received 27 eligible objections. Eligible objections are located online by clicking Objections.

Net Zero – Putting sustainability first in the Last Frontier

In the Forest Service, Net Zero is defined as the state when our business operations are in balance with our environment, resulting in zero net consumption. The Forest Service is a steward of many of our nation’s most treasured landscapes, with resources people want and need such as clean air and water, forest products, and recreational opportunities. Moving the Forest Service toward Net Zero is a tool for ensuring that our national forests and grasslands continue to provide these resources and benefits for future generations. See how the Tongass is working toward Net Zero here.