Why the Tongass National Forest

Windfall Harbor, Tongass National Forest, Alaska
This ancient rainforest in southeast Alaska is the nation’s largest national forest and home to abundant bears, birds and wild salmon.

By protecting this forest from saws and roads, The Wilderness Society helps protect one of the world’s best remaining wild salmon fisheries.

The Tongass National Forest is a “salmon forest,” producing huge numbers of pink, sockeye, coho and king salmon that provide a stable, sustainable economic base for the commercial fishing communities.

The Tongass transition

The Wilderness Society helps the Tongass transition to sustainable second-growth timber harvesting and works with communities to recognize other valuable resources.

By finding sustainable ways to protect Alaska’s rainforest, The Wilderness Society promotes stable economic activities to help build a brighter future for southeast Alaska’s communities.

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Work we are doing in the Tongass

Helpful links

  • U.S. Forest Service, Tongass National Forest:




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