Alaska's National Forests

From resources and trails, to adventures and subsistence, there’s room enough on these large, wild, beautiful public lands for all.


Welcome to the Alaska Region

The Alaska region is home to two of the nation’s largest national forests, the Chugach and Tongass, traditional homelands of Alaska Native peoples. The Alaska Region offers amazing diversity and a multitude of uses. Learn more about the region in our bimonthly SourDough News and Media Toolkit.

  • Chugach National Forest

    Colorful alpine lake in the Chugach.

    A breathtaking landscape in the heart of southcentral. The Chugach is the backyard for over half of Alaskan's and a coveted destination for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

  • Tongass National Forest

    Mendenhall Glacier reflects into Mendenhall Lake

    The nation's largest national forest covers most of southeast. The Tongass offers opportunities to view eagles, bears, spawning salmon, and breath-taking vistas of wild Alaska.

  • Alaska Forest Health

    Workers checking a spruce beetle trap

    Diseases, insects, disorders, and invasive plants impact forest health. Find reports, identification guides, and more resources for stewarding Alaska's forests.

  • Nature

    Brown bear cubs in the tongass

    The forests provide tremendous learning laboratories with glaciers, complex ecosystems, diverse plant and animal life, and rich geologic history.

  • People

    People clean up a beach

    The public, volunteers, Tribal Nations, Alaska Native corporations, and our partners all share in the stewardship of Alaska's National Forests.

  • Tradition

    Totem pole in front of an old clan house

    From traditions that are thousands of years old to your families annual camping trip. The Alaska Region is rich with tradition, history, culture, and heritage.


Arctic Tern Cam

Arctic tern

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.

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Work with us

Workers head down a trail with full packs.

Apply today! We're hiring archaeologists, data stewards, partnership coordinators, administrative support assistants, special uses administrators, recreation management specialists and planners, as well as forestry and biological technicians in a variety of duty stations throughout Alaska.

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