Tongass National Forest
Tongass National Forest is located in Alaska. It covers an area of 17 million acres which is approximately 80% of Alaska’s southeast region. This is the reason why it is the largest of all national forests in the United States.
It was named for the Tongass Clan of Tlingit Indians. It consists mostly of temperate rain forest. This national forest was created by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt on September 10, 1907.
Quick Facts: –
- Approximately one million people visit Tongass National Forest each year. Most of them visit the park via cruise ships.
- There are a total of 19 different areas in this national forest which are designated as wilderness areas.
- The most popular places to view bears here are Fish Creek, Anan Creek, Park Creek, and Steep Creek.
- This national forest is the major source of the biggest and most valuable Alaskan timber in the region.
- It is one of the most biological diverse areas left in the United States with a healthy population of different wildlife.
- All five species of Pacific salmon can be found in the waters of the national forest, along with halibut and other fish.
- According to the October Agreement, KPC can still log 300,000,000 board feet of timber.
- Only 241,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest is protected from logging.
- The concentration of bald eagles in this area is higher than any other region on the earth.
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