Forest Service, partners address barriers to youth employment in Yakutat

Yakutat youth had the opportunity to go on a hike along a fishing access trail, visit a stream to learn about fish habitat, practice fly casting, tie flies, and even dissect a squid. 

Stream Habitat Assessment Crew Training in Hydaburg

Eight people from Hydaburg completed stream habitat assessment training on May 11 put on by Kai Environmental, Hydaburg Cooperative Association, the Forest Service and Spruce Root. 

2018 Ward Lake Outdoor School Week

Ward Lake Outdoor School Week was a grand success, teaching approximately 200 fifth and sixth grade students from seven different Ketchikan schools about the Forest using outdoor activities

Just for Kids

Imagine a coastal rainforest, wet, mossy, teeming with life, and intact. Pull on your rubber boots, we are going on a hike to get to know the Tongass National Forest.

A fallen tree given new life supporting recreation, honoring employee

Using 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 is defined as the state when our business operations are in balance with our environment, resulting in zero net consumption. 

Young Growth Story Map

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

Voices of the Wilderness

A unique residency opportunity in the Alaskan wilderness for artists.

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

Ketchikan 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

“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

This 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

Ketchikan 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

FS 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

More than 100 kids attended the 20th annual Kake Kids’ Fishing Derby on July 1, 2017. 

Juneau artist Sharron Lobaugh honored at Mendenhall Glacier

Family 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.

Building a pool, increasing salmon yield in Lena Beach

The temporary repair is meant to hold until the permanent restoration work begins, scheduled for 2018 under the Lena Beach Renovation Project.

Tongass Cuts into the National Saw Policy to prepare for summer

In 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

In 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

The 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

River rangers bring conservation education to people by sharing conservation knowledge and a culture of stewardship with Situk river users.

University students, AmeriCorps NCC volunteers help the Tongass

At 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.

Forest Service, community start Tlingit potato garden

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

Tongass Ranger receives 2017 Tongass Collaborative Stewardship Group award

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

2017 Hummingbird Art Show Schedule

The petite but mighty Rufous Hummingbird is the mascot of the festival. Join us in welcoming this pennyweight flyer and other migratory birds back to Ketchikan, Alaska.

Southeast Alaska Discovery Center dedicates theater, new Peratrovich exhibit

The 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.*