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    Welcome to Tongass Rain Forest

    One of the last unspoiled and largest temperate rain forests of the world, the Tongass Rain Forest hugs the North American Coastline from Kodiak Island in Alaska and stretches as far south as Northern California.

    The Tongass National Forest covers nearly 17 million acres - almost all of SouthEast Alaska that is not densely populated or part of either the Admiralty Islands National Monument,

    Misty Fjords National Monument, or Wrangell-St. Elias National Park all of which include some of the most exciting features of this rain forest ecosystem. It is the largest designated national forest tract in the country covering a narrow tract between Pacific Ocean coastline and some of the tallest mountains in North America (topping out at 18,000 feet).

    The Temperate Rain Forest is very different ecosystem than that of a Tropical Rain Forest and cover a much small percentage of the Earth's landmass, about 3%. While the Tongass is the largest, (with about 29% of the world's surviving uncut temperate rain forest) other similar forests can be found in Tasmania, New Zealand, Chile.

    Fueled by upto 55 inches of annual precipatation and keeping a mean annual temperature of about 40-54 degrees, the Temperate Forest presents the densest biomass of life found on the earth. It is home to some of the world's most impressive wildlife - brown bears, bald eagles, foxes and huge salmon runs. It is also home to fascinating plantlife - spruce and cedar trees, and hemlock. The coastal waterways are the summer home and primary feeding grounds the humpback whales and other marine life.

    Tour Admiralty Island National Monument

    This monument is a 955,000 acre covering all of Admiralty Island located off the coast of Juneau in Southeast Alaska. Most of the monument is designated as the Kootznoowoo Wilderness to protect the protect the prolific rainforest vegetation and abundant wildlife, including Grizzley and Black Bears. Many species of salmon, whales, mountain goats, and deer live here.

    Tongass Rain Forest Festival [SEPT]
    Forest Website; Petersburg, AK;
    a non-profit event founded by members and organizations of the Petersburg community with the goal of bringing participants closer to the natural world through education, exploration, and the arts. Events included nature walks for kids and adults, workshops with the renowned wildlife photographer Amy Gulick, an art show by local artists at the Clausen Memorial Museum, trail building, and a community potluck featuring locally gathered foods.

    Tongass National Forest
    Federal Building, 648 Mission Street, Ketchikan, AK 99901; 907-225-3101;
    Tongass Forest Ranger Service also oversees the Admiralty Island National Monument and Kootznoowoo Wilderness.

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