Phot of water, trees, and mountains with the wording Southeast Alaska Sustainability Strategy

For more information on the Southeast Alaska Sustainability Strategy, visit the SASS web page


Welcome to the Tongass National Forest

The Tongass is the nation’s largest national forest and covers most of Southeast Alaska, surrounding the famous Inside Passage and offers unique chances to view eagles, bears, spawning salmon, and the breath-taking vistas of “wild” Alaska. Hike or take a sled-dog ride on a glacier, stroll along boardwalk trails, learn about fisheries managementfish in streams or the ocean, or relax at a remote cabin. If spying some truly wild wildlife is on your bucket list, visit the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and Steep Creek Bear Viewing area in Juneau, Anan Wildlife Observatory in Wrangell, Fish Creek Bear Viewing Area in Hyder, or Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area on Admiralty Island, or immerse yourself in native culture at the stunning Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, located just steps away from the cruise ship docks in downtown Ketchikan.

NOTICE: Limited access, continued service at Tongass NF offices. 
Continuing our service to you while doing our part to address the COVID-19 pandemic is very important to us. Therefore, we are limiting our face-to-face meetings and limiting walk-in access to our offices. Signs have been posted at all Tongass National Forest offices with guidance for obtaining entrance to conduct business, which may include setting up an appointment in order to enhance social distancing and minimize the number of visitors in offices at one time. We will continue to serve you via email, phone calls, and appointments as needed. Please click here for a phone directory of Tongass National Forest offices. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of the COVID-19.

Recent News


Tongass Young Growth Inventory StoryMap

Young Growth StoryMap

Welcome to the Tongass Young Growth Inventory Portal. This site will provide stand-level information for decision makers and stakeholders in the Alaska region, in support of the Tongass National Forest's transition to primarily young-growth timber harvest.

Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis Project (POW LLA)

Prince of Wales sub alpine with ferns and trees

The process for implementation of the activities authorized by the POW LLA Final Record Of Decision will be guided by input from the tribes and the public, and maintained within a ‘living document’.  This document will be adjusted as public input helps determine the location and types of activities, as well as how extensively they will occur across the landscape.


Redoubt Lake project, behind the scenes filming a national show

Filming crew in water, several people on the fish weit

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. 

2021 Together Tree

2021Together Tree Ornaments

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

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.

Just for Kids

Childrens Forest Logo

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.

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Pics showing water, trees, birds, flowers, and a fishing boat

Tongass Visitor Guide 2020

Front page of the State of the Tongass, 3 hikers and a dog walking through a green valley with trees

State of The Tongass FY20