Covering the majority of the Alaskan Panhandle, the Tongass National Forest is not only the nation’s largest National Forest but part of the world’s largest temperate coastal rainforest. The 17 million acre forest is home to towering spruce and hemlock trees, thousands of coastal brown bears, and countless streams which provide spawning grounds for millions of salmon. The Tongass is sometimes called a salmon forest, as the fish are critical to the forest ecosystem as well as the culture and economy of the region.
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