A Stunning Rainforest In Alaska, Tongass National Forest Is The Largest In The U.S
By Courtney|Updated on July 24, 2020(Originally published July 14, 2020)
Living and loving life in Alaska, Courtney enjoys living a happy life based on simple principles; work hard, be kind, stay humble. She is an avid dog lover with hobbies that include running, fly fishing, hiking & snowboarding.
Picture this: 17 million acres of huge trees, temperate rainforest, jolting fjords, booming waterfalls, steep mountain peaks, fascinating amounts of wildlife, glistening glaciers and some of the rarest types of flora and fauna in the world. Captivated much? We understand, we are too. The Tongass National Forest in the southeast region of Alaska is the largest rainforest in Alaska, and the biggest national forest in the entire United States and let’s just say, it’s unlike anywhere else in the world. This place encompasses exactly what your backcountry dreams are made of and your sightseeing fantasies are filled with. If you do one thing while you’re in Alaska, put this at the very tippy-top of your bucket list.
Have you ever visited this rainforest in Alaska? What town did you see it in? Did you fall in love with this incredible place? What wildlife did you spot? Let us know in the comments below!
If you love exploring the great outdoors in the last frontier, you’ll love this list of 15 incredible hikes under 5 miles that everyone in Alaska should take. And if you’re loyal to the southeast region of the state, don’t worry – the list has you covered!
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What percentage of Alaska is forest?
Many people think of high mountain tops, beautiful Caribou filled tundra, and plenty of lakes and rivers when they think of Alaska. But you may be surprised to find out that Alaska land is comprised of over 35% forest. In Southeast Alaska, which is made up of 22.9 million acres, 10.9 million acres, or 48% of that land, is forested! And 17 of the 22.9 million acres are made from the Tongass National Forest. This is a wondrous area that is vitally important to the salmon habitats of Alaska. In fact, it’s unofficially nicknamed “Alaska’s Salmon Forest,” as it is home to huge numbers of Alaska salmon.
How old are the trees in the Tongass National Forest?
There are some species of Sitka spruce and Western hemlock that are over 800 years old. And it’s not just the largest national forest in America, it’s also the world’s largest remaining temperate rainforest. Another nickname this mighty forest has earned is the “Amazon of America.” Home to countless species of wildlife from bears, to bald eagles, and whales off the coast, this area is rich with animal, marine, and plant life. The Tongass National Forest is one of the most beautiful old growth forests left on the planet!