Photos of the Tongass
Videos of the Tongass
"It’s a success story. We’re building on success. We have a healthy, viable fishery. We have a lot of people employed in the fishery. We have enough of the resource to go around for all the user groups. That’s something to be celebrated but it’s not something you take for granted. It’s not something that’s just always going to be there if you’re a good steward, if you’re not pro-active. So we want to take those next steps to make sure that we protect and conserve this resource over the long-term so it’s not something you just admire — it’s something you actually get to use; so that every year we have a healthy, fishable population of salmon. Protecting that near-shore habitat, that upland habitat, those are the things that we can do, that we have control over, that the American public can weigh in on to make sure that this remains a success story. We’re really serious about calling the Tongass a salmon forest" - Tim Bristol, Trout Unlimited Alaska Program Director, in "The Last Salmon Forest"
Trout Unlimited partnered this summer with Sitka Conservation Society, the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to restore a key salmon-producing river in the Tongass National Forest. The Sitkoh River watershed provides critical spawning and rearing habitat for salmon, steelhead and other species but 1970s-era logging created problems for the river’s fish populations. With a $318,000 budget, the partners hired Aqua Terra Restoration to repair the damage and restore the river to its natural condition. Sitka Conservation Society intern Bethany Goodrich produced a 6-minute video about the project.
A trailer from Trout Unlimited’s “On The Rise” television show – Host Jed Fiebelkorn and Bear Creek Outfitters Guide Mark Hieronymus venture into the Tongass National Forest in search of big Dolly Varden.
Author and hunter Steven Rinella, host of Sportsman Channel’s MeatEater show, champions old growth conservation in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest in a new video. Produced as part of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership’s “Conservation Field Notes,” the video explores why habitat protection on the Tongass makes sense from a hunter’s perspective.
Let’s talk about salmon–Pacific salmon that is–and to be specific about our Pacific salmon, let’s talk about Southeast Alaska, the region in green on the map. Southeast Alaska is mostly the Tongass National Forest, although some of it is also the Glacier Bay Nation Park, and the most important thing about the Tongass is that it produces A LOT of salmon.