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Tongass National Forest (Alaska)

Tongass
calendarAug 31 2017
The Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska is the largest national forest in the United States at 17 million acres (69,000 km2). And while the forest is best known for its wide expanses of Sitka spruce, western hemlock and cedar, it is also geologically and climatically diverse enough to accommodate majestic glaciers and icefields. The trees themselves are remarkable for their size and longevity –some up to 800 years old. Over one-third of Tongass National Forest is designated as federal wilderness, containing habitat for a variety of wildlife including brown and black bears, mountain goats, black-tailed deer, wolverines, river otters, harbor seals and bald eagles. Bonus fact: Scenes from the 1982 horror/sci-fi film The Thing were filmed here.An international border with Canada (British Columbia) runs along the crest of the Boundary Ranges of the Coast Mountains.The forest is administered from Forest Service offices in Ketchikan. There are local ranger district offices located in Craig, Hoonah, Juneau, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Sitka, Thorne Bay, Wrangell, and Yakutat.

Tongass National Forest (Alaska)

Tongass
calendarAug 31 2017

Tongass National Forest (Alaska)

Tongass
calendarAug 31 2017

Tongass National Forest (Alaska)

Tongass
calendarAug 31 2017