An Overview of Tongass National Forest, Alaska

Here, where tall cedars and spruce create a forest canopy so thick, the sun rarely reaches the ground, all five species of Pacific salmon charge upstream every summer and fall to spawn and nurture one of the most productive runs of ocean-going fish on the planet. The area is also home to trophy Sitka blacktail deer, moose, black bear and brown bear. The Tongass faces an uncertain future, one where the long-term sustainability of the people who live here depends on the fishery and its relationship with the land. Trout Unlimited hopes to protect the Tongass’s intact landscapes while encouraging responsible use of the area’s timber and fisheries resources.