The Tongass National Forest, partners and local volunteers are sponsoring free, youth fishing events throughout Southeast Alaska this summer. View the schedule here.
High schoolers enroll in a dual enrollment class that teaches students about important role that natural resources play in their way of life.
The Tongass has something for everyone. Explore, renew, and refresh among the islands and along the coastline and take home exciting memories of adventures in Alaska.
We believe our approach to stewardship should be integrated and collaborative, with community involvement from development to implementation in order to meet the needs of our customers.
The Juneau Ranger District set new records for use of many of its recreation facilities over the past two years.
It’s not every day that one shows up to work expecting to be on a nationally televised nature show. But that’s what happened on August 30th.
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.
The tree will adorn the Governor’s house throughout the holidays. The Tongass National Forest has provided a tree since 2017.
Student volunteers from Pacific High School, with the help of Tongass National Forest and Sitka Tribe of Alaska staff, harvested 98 pounds of Tlingit potatoes on September 24.
19 participants, representing seven different communities and six tribal entities at the May hand tool restoration workshop on Klawock-Heeyna land, Prince of Wales Island.
Tongass staff participated in a workshop on the cultural importance of forest resources to indigenous people, seeking to create a process by which cultural trees could be set aside.
Two Tongass National Forest employees responded to a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) emergency request in February to support the National COVID Vaccination efforts in Oakland, CA.
For the fourth consecutive year the Tongass NF, Alaska Native peoples, local communities, U.S. Coast Guard, and the State of Alaska provided the Together Tree to the Alaska Governor.
This summer, zone archaeologists from Petersburg and Wrangell Ranger Districts accomplished a fun and interactive project in the native village of Kake - from a distance.
Forest Service fish and watershed crews considered themselves “Ghost Busters” when they set out to restore hydrologic function and aquatic organism passage this summer.
Summer didn’t bring the usual swell of tourists to view the Mendenhall Glacier, but the visitor center parking lot has still been packed for a different attraction: Drive-in lectures and movies.
Tongass National Forest engineers recently worked with southeast area contractors to install two new bridges, one in Hoonah and one on Prince of Wales Island
Icy Straits Lumber and Milling Inc. in Hoonah exclusively uses wood from the Tongass National Forest.
The goal of the project was to reconstruct extent and retreat history of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet in Southeast Alaska since the last Ice Age, which ended about 20,000 years ago.
“While there are seasonal differences attributed to visitation, the air quality is rated as ‘good’ for visitors, staff, and biota,” said Stichert.
Turning away from diesel to use a local wood fuel source, numerous buildings in the rural city of Hoonah are going to be heated by a new biomass facility, which now has funding for design.
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
Forest Service archaeologists conducted important work on POW, which helped explain how people adapted to the environment over the last 10,000 years.
Lena Beach, a USDA Forest Service managed recreation area, is in its final phase of improvements, slated to be completed this summer.
Ketchikan Misty Fjords Ranger Distirct employees prepare for Phase 1 of the Margarete Creek Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Project.
The community of Hydaburg held a ribbon cutting for their newly installed biomass cordwood boiler on March 4, 2020, completing a project that has been in process for some time.
The first trip of the 2019 season, and for many their first backpacking/camping trip, was the Kanalku Trail Project. The crew was dropped by boat at the Kanalku fish camp.
The Tongass National Forest and Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on November 18, 2019.
In June, the Hoonah Native Forest Partnership (HNFP) successfully restored 300 meters of Spasski Creek, a priority watershed.
The Sitka Ranger District and Sitka Supervisors Office teamed up to beautify public lands in honor of Earth Day.
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.
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.
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 is defined as the state when our business operations are in balance with our environment, resulting in zero net consumption.
This story map will provide stand-level inventory data and information for decision makers and stakeholders in the Alaska region.
A unique residency opportunity in the Alaskan wilderness for artists.
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.
“We made incredible progress on the stream restoration and installed eight structures that are going to be very beneficial to that tributary.” - Ian Johnson.
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.
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.
FS leadership, the WCA Tribal Government, the Wrangell Borough, and Wrangell Chamber of Commerce gather recognize recent improvements to the Anan Wildlife Observatory
More than 100 kids attended the 20th annual Kake Kids’ Fishing Derby on July 1, 2017.
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.
The temporary repair is meant to hold until the permanent restoration work begins, scheduled for 2018 under the Lena Beach Renovation Project.
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.
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.
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 bring conservation education to people by sharing conservation knowledge and a culture of stewardship with Situk river users.
Forest Service staff, students, and community members, gathered at the Sitka Ranger Distict April 14, to plant Tlingit potatoes—kunz, in Tlingit.
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.
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.
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.
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.