Published: July 2007
Learn More
In Learn More the National Geographic magazine team shares some of its best sources and other information to expand your knowledge of our featured subjects. Special thanks to the Research Division.

Related Links

Tongass National Forest
Explore the U.S. Forest Service's website loaded with information on camping, hiking, and sightseeing tours, as well as wilderness facts and information on wildlife and plants. Access technical reports and local weather data as well.

Ground-Truthing Project
Learn more about the Sitka Conservation Society's Ground-Truthing Project featured in the NGM article.

Tongass Futures Roundtable
See how a diverse group of stakeholders are forming a partnership to address public policy issues and promote "responsible use of resources—including timber, while maintaining the natural values and ecological integrity of the forest."

Southeast Alaska Conservation Council—Tongass
The SEACC's page on the Tongass is filled with forest data and has links to Tongass history and other Southeast Alaska conservation issues.

Southeast Alaska Coastal Forests and Mountains Ecoregion Assessment
This publication from Audubon Alaska and The Nature Conservancy is a valuable reference for current Tongass issues. It includes a complete conservation assessment, a map gallery, scientific reviews (resource synthesis), a watershed matrix, and a GIS database.


Albert, David, and John Schoen. GIS Mapping and Conservation Assessment of Terrestrial Ecosystems in Southeast Alaska. The Nature Conservancy and Audubon Alaska.

Association of Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics (AFSEEE). Tongass in Transition: Blueprint for a Sustainable Future. AFSEEE, 1996.

Durbin, Kathie. Tongass: Pulp Politics and the Fight for the Alaska Rain Forest. 2nd ed. Oregon State University Press, 2005.

U.S. Department of Agriculture. Tongass Land Management Plan Amendment: Draft Environmental Impact Statement. USDA Forest Service, January 2007.