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Plan Your Next Trip

Picnicing, wildlife watching, trail running, biking, paddling, or walking, there are so many great activities to do outdoors! 

Great American Outdoors Act in Alaska

Funds are being used for a variety of projects, including: cabins, trails, day-use sites, campgrounds, access roads, road and trail bridges, boat ramps and marine access facilities, etc. We are also making improvements for fish and other aquatic organism passage and improving the resiliency of outdoor recreation infrastructure to climate and landscape changes.

Arctic Tern Cam

Watch Arctic Terns live! These fairy-like birds migrate from as far south as Antarctica to breed on this protected beach along the Mendenhall Glacier Lake. Listen for their shrill high-pitched calls, experience their courtship traditions, and watch for downy hatchlings.

Women in Science in the Alaska Region

Meet some of the incredible women scientists working in the Alaska Region of the USDA Forest Service. Who are they and what do they do? How did they get here, and what should you be doing to pursue a career in natural resources?

USDA Announces Steps to Restore Roadless Protections on Tongass National Forest

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it is taking steps to repeal the 2020 Alaska Roadless Rule and restore protections to more than nine million acres of inventoried roadless areas on the Tongass National Forest.

Alaska Native Cultures

For thousands of years Alaska Native peoples have lived in or near what are known today as the Tongass and Chugach National Forests. The Chugach, Kenaitze (also called Dena'ina Athabascan), and Eyak live near the Chugach National Forest. The Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Tribes live near the Tongass. Today, as in the past, their cultures are intertwined with the forests.

Hunting on the forests

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) manages Alaska’s wildlife populations. The Forest Service manages wildlife habitat along with wildlife populations, for subsistence purposes, on Forest Service managed lands in Alaska.  Please refer to the ADF&G website and the Federal Subsistence Management website for hunting regulations.

Celebrate public lands

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort. This year’s theme explores more ways to connect to nature, inspiring us to connect with the green spaces close to our homes and out in our public lands! Learn more by visiting https://www.neefusa.org/npld

National Water Quality Awareness Month

Watersheds on the Chugach and Tongass National Forests produce an abundance of clean water, internationally significant salmon resources and critical habitat for many other species. Find resources for learning about water quality in our learning center. Watch the Suntaheen Fish Pass Removal video by the Hoonah Indian Association on YouTube.

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

For thousands of years Native groups have lived in or near the Tongass and Chugach National Forests. Today 15% of Alaskans are native peoples. Today, as in the past, their cultures are intertwined with the resources of the forests. Learn more about Alaska Native cultures in celebration of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on August 9, and everyday.

Camping Opportunities

Find your next campsite in one of Alaska's National Forests:

Chugach National Forest camping

Tongass National Forest camping

or search on Recreation.gov

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

We are celebrating Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) all month on Twitter.  Follow @AKForestService on Twitter for tweets featuring AANHPI staff from the Alaska Region sharing their voices and their heritage. 

May is American Wetlands Month

There are over a million acres of coastal wetlands in Alaska's national forests, largely contained in three Key Coastal Wetland areas; the Copper River Delta, Yakutat Forelands, and Lower Stikine River, that support an array of fish and wildlife resources. 

USDA Exempts Tongass National Forest from the 2001 Roadless Rule

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a final Alaska Roadless Rule that exempts the Tongass National Forest from the 2001 provision that prohibited road construction, road reconstruction and timber harvests.

USDA Releases Final Environmental Impact Statement for Alaska Roadless Rule

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the upcoming publication of a Final Environmental Impact Statement that describes the environmental effects of six alternatives, including whether the Tongass National Forest should be exempted from the 2001 Roadless Rule. 

Prince of Wales map wins "Excellence in Cartography" at International Conference

The draft map captures a landscape rich with numerous bays, lakes, mountains, and smaller islands and depicts the island’s extensive road network and many recreation sites.

Interactive Visitor Map

Checkout our interactive visitor map to plan your next forest adventure.

Alaska Roadless Rule

Subsistence Hearing Transcripts Available on Alaska Roadless Rulemaking project website under Assessment Tab and in Subsistence folder:  Subsistence Hearing Transcripts

Current Alaska Roadless Bulletin, Jan-March 2020

Reserve Cabins on Recreation.gov

Recreation.gov is the best place to search for and book cabins in Alaska's national forests. Cabins can be reserved up to six months in advance, making now a great time to plan for summer.

Mushrooms of the National Forests in Alaska

It's mushroom season here in Alaska. This brochure presents an introduction and illustrates a number of the more common and interesting of our local species to help those interested to better understand and enjoy one of the many bounties of our magnificent national forests.

Yaxté totem pole

The pole, which was re-raised at the Auk Village site in June 2017, tells the legend of an ancient battle the Áak’w Kwáan fought to protect their village. 

Learn more about the totem here.

 

Tongass Young Growth Inventory Portal

The Tongass Young Growth Inventory Portal story map will provide stand-level inventory data and information for decision makers and stakeholders in the Alaska region, in support of the Tongass National Forest's transition to primarily young-growth timber harvest.

Anan Wildlife Observatory

The Anan Wildlife Observatory is 30 miles southeast of the town of Wrangell, located on Anan Creek.  The creek has the largest run of pink salmon in Southeast Alaska providing a salmon buffet for a high density of black and brown bears.

 

Toward Shared Stewardship Across Landscapes

Checkout our strategy for managing catastrophic wildfires and the impacts of invasive species, drought, and insect and disease epidemics and most importantly working more closely with our states. 

 

Forest Face-off 2022

March 13 through April 7. Vote for your favorite foraged food on Facebook or Twitter! Like March Madness is a tradition for basketball fans nationwide, foraging and hunting are important traditions that bring people into nature in Alaska's National Forests and beyond. Find out how to play along!

Tongass National Forest: Sustainable Operations

Sustainable Operations is more than recycling, it's investing in our employees...learn with the Tongass employees about the importance of sustainable operations, how we encourage them to get involved and let them know what they can do to make Tongass' operations more sustainable. Watch here...

 

Sealaska Land Entitlement Finalization

In December 2014, Congress passed legislation that finalized the remaining Sealaska allotment under ANCSA, enabling the conveyance of 18 parcels in Southeast Alaska. 

Birding Festivals in the Alaska Region

Springtime in Alaska marks the annual migration of millions of birds that make their journey along the Pacific Flyway from southern wintering grounds in the United States and Mexico, and as far away as Central and South America The excellent breeding habitats of the Chugach National Forest and Tongass National Forest serve as staging sites for this annual ritual.

And you're invited.

Recreation Fee Program Accomplishment Highlights

The 2015 Recreation Fee Accomplishment Highlights are now available.
Chugach National Forest
Tongass National Forest

 

The Chugach, America’s most northerly National Forest

This stunning landscape stretches across south-central Alaska, from the salty waters and snowy peaks of Prince William Sound to the fabulous salmon and trout streams of the Kenai Peninsula, covering an area the size of New Hampshire. It is one of the few places left in the world where glaciers still grind valleys into the hard rock of the earth.

 

The Tongass, America's largest National Forest

Covering most of Southeast Alaska, surrounding the famous Inside Passage, the Tongass offers unique chances to view eagles, bears, spawning salmon, and the breath-taking vistas of "wild" Alaska. You can take a sled-dog ride on a glacier, hike boardwalk trails, fish in streams or the ocean, or just relax at a remote cabin.