The Tongass National Forest is located in the panhandle of Alaska.
Where is this Forest?

 

Ravens Roost Traik, Mitkof Island
Winter morning walk on Ravens Trail, Mitkof Island
Photo courtesy of Karen Dillman, Forest Ecologist

 

Welcome to the Tongass National Forest, the nation's largest national forest. The Tongass 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. Take a sled-dog ride on a glacier, hike boardwalk trails, fish in streams or the ocean, relax at a remote cabin or visit the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in Juneau, Anan Wildlife Observatory in Wrangell, Fish Creek Bear Viewing Area in Hyder, or Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area on Admiralty Island.

Recent News


Features

Tongass National Forest - Forest Plan Amendment

Tongass Narrows looking West to Gravina Island

December 9, 2016, M. Earl Stewart, the Forest Supervisor for the Tongass National Forest, signed the final Record of Decision (ROD) for the Tongass National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan Amendment). The ROD documents the rationale for approving the Forest Plan Amendment and is consistent with the Reviewing Officer’s response to objections and instructions. The effective date of the Forest Plan Amendment is 30 days after publication of the notice of Forest Plan Amendment approval in the newspaper of record, the Ketchikan Daily News. A supplemental notice will also be published in the Juneau Empire.

Photo: Tongass Narrows looking West to Gravina Island, November 27, 2014 courtesy of Susan Howle, Tongass Planning Staff Officer.


Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis Project (POW LLA)

Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis Project (POW LLA)

The purpose of the POW LLA Project is to improve forest ecosystem health on Craig and Thorne Bay Ranger Districts, help support community resiliency, and provide economic development through an integrated approach to meet multiple resource objectives. The proposed action will be developed through extensive public involvement to meet the Purpose and Needs for the project, with activities that will occur over the course of 10 to 15 years. Input from the tribes and the public will help determine the location and types of activities, and how extensively they will occur across the landscape.

Spotlights

Southeast Alaska Discovery Center dedicates theater, new Peratrovich exhibit

Elizabeth Peratrovich Theater Dedication Group Photo

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. 

Tongass Ranger receives 2017 Tongass Collaborative Stewardship Group award

Angoon Youth Conservation Corps

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.

 




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.

2017 Juried Hummingbird Art Show

2017 Juried Hummingbird Art Show Form

The 2017 Alaska Hummingbird Juried Art show is open for entries. Deadline is Friday, March 31, 2017, 5:00 p.m.