2017 Steep Creek Sockey Return
The Sockeye salmon are returning to Steep Creek at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Watch live now. 

 

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.

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 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

KMRD, KRAC, and SCA students deliver first of forty new picnic tables

KMRD SCA Group with new picnic table

Ketchikan Misty Fiords Ranger District, in cooperation with the KRAC and SCA have completed assembly and delivery of the first new picnic table at Signla Creek Campground.

Anan Wildlife Observatory event recognizes safety, access improvements

Anan 2017 Re-Dedication Ribbon Cutting

FS leadership, the WCA Tribal Government, the Wrangell Borough, and Wrangell Chamber of Commerce gather recognize recent improvements to the Anan Wildlife Observatory

 




Fish, fun in Kake for 20th annual kids’ derby

A child and her parent identify macroinvertebrate insects at an educational table at the Kake derby

More than 100 kids attended the 20th annual Kake Kids’ Fishing Derby on July 1, 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.



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