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


Features

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.

Spotlights

Teamwork makes streams work

Participants from seven different communities and six tribal entities attend the workshop

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

Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart chats with local artists Deborah Head and Terrence “Hagoo” Peele

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

Forest Service Employee Tom Heutte signing people up for a Covid-19 vaccine shot

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.

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

 



https://www.fs.usda.gov/tongass/