My AK Forests

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The Chugach and Tongass National Forests are the two largest national forests in the nation. Together, they encompass more than 22 million acres, provide a backyard experience for nearly two-thirds of Alaskans, and have been home to Alaska Natives for time immemorial. From Anchorage to Juneau, Ketchikan to Cordova, Prince of Wales to Prince William Sound, Alaskans in 43 different communities recreate, make a living, and meet the subsistence needs of their families in and around Alaska’s national forests.

The two forests are also globally significant. Alaska’s forests provide residents and visitors world-class sightseeing, camping, hiking, hunting, wildlife viewing, fishing, boating, rafting, skiing, and canoeing, as well as offering cultural, natural, and historical resources. Two hundred public use cabins are available year-round, millions of acres of backcountry are open for camping, and 1,100 miles of trail and innumerable off-trail possibilities exist, offering endless possibilities in Alaska’s forests.

The Tongass is home to the largest temperate rainforest in the world and its Admiralty National Monument is a United Nations designated biosphere reserve. The Chugach is a designated Children’s Forest, a critical nesting ground for more than 16 million migrating shorebirds in the western hemisphere, and a critical habitat for world-renowned Kenai, Russian, and Copper River wild Alaskan salmon.

Find out more about the forests and how to get there:
Chugach National Forest  ||  Tongass National Forest