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Description - There are just two national forests in Alaska, the Tongass and the Chugach, but they are the largest in the nation. The Chugach surrounds glacier-filled Prince William Sound and is close to Anchorage, Alaska's largest city. The Tongass includes the many forested islands of Southeast Alaska and surrounds the cities of Ketchikan, Sitka and Juneau, Alaska's capital.

Attractions - The Tongas and Chugach National forests occupy vast area of Alaska and provide outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities.

Recreation - a vast array of outdoor activities are supported by Alaska's two national forests. Wildlife viewing is spectacular. Camping is available and cabins are reservable.

Climate - The climate in Alaska varies with terrain and region. The south-central region of the state is most temperate because it is protected from cold northern winds by the Alaska Range. The large bodies of water that lies closely to this area create a stabilizing factor for the air temperature. Southeast Alaska is wet. An average of 80 inches of rain comes to this region directly from the Gulf of Alaska.

Location - The location of the forests and the activity centers within the forests are available on the pages describing each area or specific activity. Maps are provided.


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Alaska - Alaska is a vast territory. The federal lands in this state equal one third the total of the same in the lower 48 states. Recreation opportunities abound in the region although alternative means of transportation are necessary.

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