Chugach National Forest - Annual Report 2020

In a year when COVID-19 has made so many people feel disconnected, this year’s Chugach National Forest 2020 Annual Report is all about connections.

Outfitter and Guide Open Season

Proposals are being accepted from July 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020  for new outfitter and guide proposals for limited activities on the Glacier, Seward or Cordova Ranger Districts.

Land Management Plan - Status Update

April 16, 2020 the Chugach National Forest released the Final Record of Decision for its 2020 Land Management Plan. The land management plan will guide all management decisions and activities such as the preservation of cultural and historic resources, recreation, subsistence use, and wildlife habitat management on the 5.4 million-acre Forest. The 2020 Land Management Plan will allow for flexible, active management of the landscape to foster sustainable, productive use of the national forest, while balancing the need to maintain healthy and resilient forest ecosystems and to help provide economic stability to help meet the needs of nearby communities.

For updates and more information visit: Land Management Plan Revision webpage.

Chugach National Forest opens Begich, Boggs Visitor Center

Chugach National Forest opens Begich, Boggs Visitor Center on May 26th welcoming guests from surrounding communities and from around the world. Located on the northwestern shore of Portage Lake in Portage Valley, the visitor center was built on the terminal moraine left behind by Portage Glacier almost a century ago.

Begich, Boggs Visitor Center is closed for the season.

Great Day-Trips on the Chugach

Here are some great ways to see the Forest one day at a time. These day-trips could be a starting off point for the next grand adventure, and can stand on their own as vacation defining destinations.

Give the Gifts of Nature

Have you been looking for something meaningful and engaging to give as a gift this holiday season. Something special for that someone who has everything? Give the gift of nature.

Iditarod National Historic Trail - Shared Stewardship

Get engaged in helping on the Iditarod National Historic Trail. The Forest Service is coordinating with partners, communities, and volunteers to share stewardship of this unique and historic trail system. Shared stewardship fosters the productive and sustainable use of forest lands, contributes to the economic health of rural communities through use and access opportunities, engages youth in conservation stewardship, promotes healthy, active lifestyles, and ensures we serve the communities.

These goals are only achievable with the help of Forest Service partners, grant opportunities, volunteers, Tribes, and community engagement.

Voices of Wilderness Artist in Residence Program

The Voices of the Wilderness artist residency is a unique opportunity. Participating artists are paired with a Nellie Juan-College Fiord Wilderness Study Area wilderness specialist.

Celebrating 40th Anniversary of Iditarod Trail as National Historic Trail

This year, along with partners, we are celebrating the Iditarod National Historic Trail by organizing volunteer stewardship events along the southern trek of the Iditarod National Historic Trail in and near the Chugach National Forest. Join us for these events as we work together on this network of trails commemorating historic sites, events, and features.

Know Before You Go - Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center

If you are planning to head out to enjoy the snow, being prepared is your best defense against accidents. Know before you go by putting a visit to the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center Website (or calling the hot line at (907) 754-2369) at the top of your list of things to do and consider attending an Avalanche Safety course – check out the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center calendar.

Revision of the Land Management Plan for the Chugach National Forest

The USDA Forest Service is preparing the Chugach National Forest’s revised land management plan (Forest Plan) under the guidance of the 2012 National Forest System Planning Rule.

February 19, 2016 last day for public comments during this phase of the Proposed Forest Plan - please check back for updates.

Visit Forest Planning for the Proposed Forest Plan Revision process, support documents and maps, and to get engaged.

Portage Curve Multimodal Connector

The Chugach National Forest is proposing to construct a multimodal recreational path along the Seward Highway between Ingram Creek and an area north of Twentymile River.

Job Opportunities

Find out about job opportunities on the Chugach and Tongass National Forests.

Kenai Peninsula's Stream Watch Program

While many of our group normally take to the stream to wet a line and tangle with one the Kenai’s legendary salmon or huge native trout, today we have gathered for perhaps a more noble effort, to help protect the fishery we love.

29th Annual Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival

Discover the Magic of Migration at the 29th Annual Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival

Join over 12 million shorebirds and migrate to Cordova, Alaska  May 2nd -5th 2019.  The 29th Annual Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival celebrates the magic of migration with presenters and artists from the Pacific and Atlantic flyways and perspectives from three countries. Activities and fun abound throughout the festival weekend with guided viewing excursions, expert speakers, classes, workshops, and social events.   For a complete festival schedule and information on events, visit coppershorebird.com

Explore Your Backyard

The Chugach National Forest - Adventure within Range

Any time is a good time to spend some time on the Forest. Read more to find out a few of the great things to do and places to visit on the Chugach during the coming year.

Alaska State Fish Contest Open for Students!

Alaskan students, kindergarten through 12th grade, have a unique opportunity to show off their artistic talent and their love of Alaska’s state fish – the King Salmon by competing in the first ever Alaska State-Fish Art Contest. For more information visit our Learning Center page. The deadline for the contest has been extended to April 30, 2020.

Placer River Trail Bridge is now complete

The Forest Service has built the longest clear span, glue laminate, timber truss bridge in North America.

As part of the Chugach National Forest Whistle Stop Project, contractors are assembling two 112-foot sections on either side of the Placer River near the current Spencer Glacier Whistlestop...