West Peak overlooking Gantineau Channel Juneau Ranger District

Civil Engineer Adam DiPietro stands on the shoulder of West Peak overlooking Gastineau Channel on the Juneau Ranger District.


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. Hike or take a sled-dog ride on a glacier, stroll along boardwalk trails, fish 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 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.

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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 was January 8, 2017.

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

A fallen tree given new life supporting recreation, honoring employee

Sitka Cross Trail  John Sherrod Memorial Bench Sitka, Alaksa

Using a yellow cedar log from the forest, Sitka-based artist and small-business owner Zach LaPerriere crafted a memorial bench honoring John Sherrod, a long-time Forest Service employee.

Net Zero – Putting sustainability first in the Last Frontier

Net Zero Map View of ocean and mountain tops

Net Zero is defined as the state when our business operations are in balance with our environment, resulting in zero net consumption. 

 




Smokey Bear, Tongass staff join Women in Safe Homes for Ward Lake family night

WISH KMRD Ward Lake Evening - Smokey Bear

Ketchikan Misty Fiords Ranger District employees and Smokey Bear participated in the Women in Safe Homes (WISH) safety-themed family night at Ward Lake in August.

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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