Spotlights

Schedule of 2022 Kids Fishing Derbies on the Tongass National Forest

The Tongass National Forest, partners and local volunteers are sponsoring free, youth fishing events throughout Southeast Alaska this summer. View the schedule here.

Students learn about Federal Subsistence Board process

High schoolers enroll in a dual enrollment class that teaches students about  important role that natural resources play in their way of life.

Tongass National Forest Visitor Guide 2020

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.

State of The Tongass FY20

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.

Juneau District record breaking cabin and shelter visitor use

The Juneau Ranger District set new records for use of many of its recreation facilities over the past two years. 

Redoubt Lake project, behind the scenes filming a national show

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. 

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.

2021 Together Tree

The tree will adorn the Governor’s house throughout the holidays. The Tongass National Forest has provided a tree since 2017.

Sitka Tlingit potato garden harvest complete, changes underway

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.

Teamwork makes streams work

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.

Forest Service, Tribal leaders hold cultural products workshop on POW

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.

Tongass staff support COVID-19 vaccination efforts

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.

2020 Together Tree harvested, decorated by Petersburg community

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.

Virtual archeology provides educational, personal experience for Kake youth

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.

World War II “Ghost” culvert no longer haunts Yakutat

Forest Service fish and watershed crews considered themselves “Ghost Busters” when they set out to restore hydrologic function and aquatic organism passage this summer.  

Drive-in away the social distancing blues at the MGVC

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 engineers improve vehicle, fish travel

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

Hoonah timber company receives USDA grant for climate controlled work spaces

Icy Straits Lumber and Milling Inc. in Hoonah exclusively uses wood from the Tongass National Forest.

Current, past Tongass employees essential to Cordilleran Ice Sheet research

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. 

Results of air quality monitoring at Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center

“While there are seasonal differences attributed to visitation, the air quality is rated as ‘good’ for visitors, staff, and biota,” said Stichert.

Forest Service grant helps bring biomass-fueled heating facility to Hoonah

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.

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

10,000 years of Prince of Wales history available today

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 upgrades continue, remain on schedule

Lena Beach, a USDA Forest Service managed recreation area, is in its final phase of improvements, slated to be completed this summer.

Margaret Creek survey completed, work soon to begin

Ketchikan Misty Fjords Ranger Distirct employees prepare for Phase 1 of the Margarete Creek Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Project.

 

Forest Service helps heat Hydaburg schools, support local jobs with biomass

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.

Angoon YCC crew starts season off on the Kanalku Trail Project

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.

Forest Service, Ketchikan Indian Community to cooperate on South Revilla Project

The Tongass National Forest and Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on November 18, 2019.

Hoonah Native Forest Partnership (HNFP) Team restores Spasski Creek

In June, the Hoonah Native Forest Partnership (HNFP) successfully restored 300 meters of Spasski Creek, a priority watershed.

Beautifying Sitka on Earth Day

The Sitka Ranger District and Sitka Supervisors Office teamed up to beautify public lands in honor of Earth Day. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.