Management of the Tongass National Forest follows the guidance of the Tongass Land Management Plan, first completed in 1979 and most recently modified in 2016. The plan incorporates an adaptive management strategy, and has been reviewed and amended a number of times over the years. Forest Plan updates reflect changing conditions, information and requirements, to provide for long-term resource sustainability as well as the economic and social needs of the public.

Projects are planned, with help from stakeholders, to foster the continued health of the forest and to provide commodities and experiences to people who depend on, live surrounded by, and visit our largest national forest, as well as people throughout the nation.

All currently active proposed projects are listed quarterly by ranger district in which they will take place on the schedule of proposed actions (SOPA). These projects are not listed on this page and can only be seen on the SOPA. Projects in the planning process all have contact people to help you participate if you so wish. Some also post draft documents for review. For most projects, you can add yourself to the mailing list and sometimes comment on the projects right from the links in the SOPA.

Once decisions have been made, they are posted electronically and can be accessed through the SOPA. Decisions on appeals of or objections to district-level projects are also posted, as are decisions on forest-level appeals and objections.

To view our Appeals Responses, please visit the Forest Service Appeal Response page for the Tongass National Forest.

To view our Objection Responses, please visit the Forest Service Objection Response page for the Tongass National Forest.

Due to the fact that some of these files are so large, you may find it useful to right click and download or save the document(s) off to your own computer.


The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) process assesses site conditions, evaluates hazards to humans and the environment, determines the level of cleanup required and selects an appropriate cleanup alternative.

Tongass National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Stream Restoration using Hand Tools on Sitka Ranger District

The objective is to help restore anadromous (Class I) and resident (Class II) fish streams that have been impaired by past forest management practices. Hand tools will be used to place log structures in stream channels and floodplains.

Tongass National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan Amendment - Moderate Vulnerability Karst

The Tongass National Forest proposes to amend the 2016 Tongass Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan). The amendment will focus on Standard S-YG-KC-02 related to commercial timber harvest on lands identified as moderate vulnerability karst.

Wrangell Island Aquatic Organism Passage Culvert Replacements

Remove failing culverts and replacing with AOP designed culvert pipe, road resurfacing, riprap to stabilize/control erosion, reestablish ditches, and excavation.

Under Analysis

Angoon-Mitchell Bay Ecotourism Environmental Assessment (formerly Outfitter and Guide EA)

We aim to strike a balance between subsistence use resources, wilderness resources, tourism, and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), Section 506 (a)(3)(E). We propose allocating 2388 service days to outfitters and guides.

Central Tongass Project

The CT Project will consider potential young- and old-growth timber harvest, opportunities for sustainable recreation, watershed restoration, fish/wildlife habitat improvements and other forest management activities of local community interest

Margaret Creek Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Project

The Forest Service is proposing a multiyear project to improve stream health, enhance recreation opportunities, treat invasive plants, and improve wildlife habitat within the Margaret Bay Watershed.

Northern Tongass Integrated Pest Management Plan

Establish an integrated weed management plan that includes manual and mechanical treatments, and herbicides to eradicate, contain, or control existing and new weed infestations. Project area includes the 5 northern management units on the TNF.

Outfitter/Guide Allocation on Sitka Area National Forest System Trails and Roads

Determine an appropriate level of commercial use of Sitka area recreation and transportation facilities while considering several factors, including social, ecological, and facility capacities as well as continued economic viability of the community.

Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis Project

The POWLLA Project will be an integrated analysis combining timber sale, watershed and stream restoration/improvement, recreation, wildlife habitat, and transportation components into one document, with 10 to 15 years' worth of projects.

Seal Creek Rock Pit

Expand existing rock pit up to ten acres and 250,000 tons of aggregate material.

Sitka Ranger District Lakes Outfitter/Guide Access Project

Determine if outfitting and guiding services could be authorized on National Forest System lands on the Sitka Ranger District accessed by interior lakes on Baranof and Chichagof Islands using fixed-wing aircraft.

Sitkoh Lake Trail Reconstruction

The proposed project would fully reconstruct the entire length of trail from saltwater to the East Sitkoh Lake recreation cabin along the existing trail prism.

South Revilla Integrated Resource Project

The Forest Service is proposing a multi-year project involving a variety of timber harvest, road construction, watershed restoration and recreation activities.

Whitestone Harbor Rock Pits

Expand two existing rock pits.

Yakutat Ranger District 5 Year Precommercial Thinning Project

Precommercial tree thinning of approximately 2284 acres over a 5 year period. Enhance timber and wildlife habitat values by improving diameter growth and vigor of residual trees and promoting greater understory development.

Analysis Completed

ATV/OHV Usage for Powerline Maintenance

Southeast Alaska Power Agency is proposing the use of ATV/OHV in closed areas, including roads and powerline right of ways for powerline maintenance.

Coeur Alaska's Kensington Mine 5-year Exploration Project

Juneau Ranger District has received a five-year surface exploration Plan of Operations from Coeur Alaska for mineral exploration on the Tongass National Forest.

Maybeso Water Systems Project

This project would repair and replace the water and wastewater treatment systems that service the PNW Forestry Sciences Laboratory bunkhouse and facilities for Maybeso Experimental Forest in Hollis, AK in cooperation with the SISD Hollis School.

Naha Ramp Replacement

Replace ramp which reaches from the dock to land. Windstorm irreparably damaged old one in 2013, unsafe for use.

Nakwasina Integrated Resource Project

The intent of this project is to restore fish and wildlife habitat from land-disturbing activities and management of previously harvested timber units in the Nakwasina Watershed.

Shoreline II Outfitter/Guide (formerly Shoreline II Outfitter and Guide Management Plan)

This project will determine recreation use levels for saltwater-based outfitters and guides on the Admiralty N. M., Hoonah, Juneau, and Sitka Ranger Districts. A Proposed Action will be developed to allocate service days to outfitter/guide use.

Sonar Cabin Replacement Project

Replace deteriorated cabin used by ADF&G for fisheries research on the Stikine River.

SSRAA Burnett Inlet Hatchery Residence

Construct new residence for staff housing at the Burnett Inlet Fish Hatchery, operated by Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association. Proposed house and deck to have a footprint of 38x56', one and a half stories tall, visible from saltwater.

Sweetheart Lake Hydroelectric Project Special Use Authorization

Issue a special use permit for the use and occupancy of National Forest System lands to construct, operate, and maintain a hydroelectric project based on the Final EIS issued by FERC.

Vallenar Young Growth Project

The Ketchikan Misty Fjords Ranger District is proposing a Young-growth timber harvest on approximately 155 acres located on the north end of Gravina Island.

Wrangell Island Project EIS

Develop/implement multi-year project involving a variety of timber harvest and road construction.

On Hold

Deer Lake Coho Rearing Facility Permit Re-Issuance (NSRAA)

Re-issue special use permit for coho rearing facility- run by NSRAA

Hidden Falls Fish Hatchery Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Re-Issue of special use permit for a salmon hatchery run by Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association.

Sal Creek Cabin and Trail EA

Construct a cabin with young growth and access trail in the Sal Creek area.


Amalga Trail Improvements

This project will be designed to address several rough, degraded sections of the Amalga Trail in Juneau, Alaska.

Anan Management Plan Update

10-year review of current visitor management practices at the Anan Wildlife Observatory. Project will examine new management strategies to address known issues including high commercial visitor demand and available access by non-commercial visitors.

Angoon Airport Project

The FAA issued a decision (ROD) on 10/16/16. Alternative 12a with Access 12a was their selected alternative. This decision is on non NFS lands, therefore the Forest Service no longer has a decision to issue. This project is therefore cancelled.

Berg Bay Cabin Replacement

Replace existing A-frame cabin and toilet with new, regionally approved cabin and toilet.

Cannon Beach Day-Use Area Improvements Project

The shelter is rotting and will be replaced with a larger structure. Outdoor seating and tables will be placed between the shelter and pavilion. The barrels from the two cannons will be reattached. Site signage will be improved and updated.

Crab Fishing Gear Storage and Similar Shoreline Uses on the Petersburg Ranger District

The intent of this environmental analysis is to provide for the issuance of special use permits to authorize crab fishing gear storage and similar uses on the shoreline on National Forest lands on the Petersburg Ranger District.

Dog Salmon Wildlife Viewing Area Enhancement Project

Enhance wildlife viewing opportunities at the existing Dog Salmon Wildlife Viewing Area by improving the surface and circulation of the parking area, installing a vault toilet, installing interpretive kiosk and redesigning the viewing platform.

Duncan Creek Fishpass Maintenance

Patch a hole in Duncan Creek's concrete water diversion wall. Approximately 0.07 cubic yards of concrete will be used for the patch.

EC Phillips Shoreties

Special Use Permit renewal for shoreties.

Gravelly Creek Trail Extension EA

Extension of trail from Gravelly Creek at Thorne River to Falls Creek.

Ideal Cove Trail Reconstruction

Re-route and reconstruct Ideal Cove Trail.

Kahli Cove SUP

Special use permit for upland uses in support of an existing mariculture lease. Upland uses include shoreties, water line, satellite dishes, and an existing foot trail.

Kosciusko Vegetation Management Project

It was decided to cancel this project and develop the Kosciusko Vegetation Management Watershed Improvement Project as it allowed a strategic management approach to the transition of young-growth while focusing integrated activities on resource needs

Lake Osprey Hydropower, Little Port Walter NMFS Marine Station Special Use Permit

Issue new special use permit for re-construction and use of an existing hydropower facility at Little Port Walter NMFS Marine Station

Naukati Timber Sale

This project is still being developed and will change because of new policy and direction. This project will include both young-growth and old-growth management and other non-timber resource activities. Project name will change.

Port Snettisham Iron Ore Project 2013 Plan of Operations

The 2013 Plan of Operations for surface exploration activities at the Port Snettisham Iron Ore Project proposes helicopter-supported core drilling at nine sites and a temporary camp.

Sea Otter Cabin Site Assessment

Determine location to erect Sea Otter public use recreational log cabin.

Sitka Smoke House Project

Issue a new special use permit to the Sitka Tribe of Alaska for the construction and use of a traditional Tlingit Smokehouse for Tribal use and educational purposes.

Special Use Authorization Renewal for Crab Gear Storage at Dakaneek Bay

Proposal to renew special use authorization for 5 years for storing crab fishing gear at Dakaneek Bay. Authorized since 2014.

Sunnahae Mountain Trail

Reconstruction of the Sunnahae Mountain Trail to improve and provide safe access.

West Glacier Trailhead Improvements

Proposed improvements at West Glacier Trailhead include vault toilets (4 holes total),a shelter at the commercial launch area, new trailhead sign, a new gate to and an access trail from the commercial launch area

Yakutat Access Travel Management Plan Revision

Revise Yakutat Ranger District Access Travel Management Plan (originally signed in May 2008). Consider additional roads and/or trails to be designated as open for public use

Yakutat Ranger District Carrying Capacity Analysis

The Yakutat Ranger District (YRD) is in the process of determineing the recreation visitor capacity for the district. The main purpose is to provide a rationale to guide decision-making for allocating outfitter and guide use across the district.

Project Archive

Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.