Yellow and orange flower blooming through the greenery of the forest forest floor
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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, 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 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


Central Tongass (CT) Project

The Forest Service is planning to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze a variety of resource management actions to implement over a 15-year period. The Central Tongass project area encompasses National Forest System (NFS) lands and lands of other ownership, as authorized by other land owners, within the Petersburg and Wrangell Ranger Districts (3.7 million acres) to facilitate integrated and economical projects across all lands. Other than for invasive treatments, Wilderness will not be considered for resource management actions. The project area includes, but is not limited to, Mitkof, Kupreanof, Kuiu, Wrangell, Zarembo and Etolin Islands and the Alaska mainland.

Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis Project (POW LLA)

Prince of Wales sub alpine with ferns and trees

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. For FAQs and answers, please see our Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis Project (POW LLA) FAQs page


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.


2020 Together Tree harvested, decorated by Petersburg community

Ted Sandhofer, Petersburg Ranger, stands near a white FS truck with the Together Tree loaded

For the fourth consecutive year the Tongass NF, Alaska Native peoples, local communities, U.S. Coast Guard, and the State of Alaska provided the Together Tree to the Alaska Governor.

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