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Southeast Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago is home to over 85,000 people living in over 37 communities. The terrain ranges from sea to mountain-top glaciers, includes over 1000 islands and a narrow strip of mainland, supporting a rich array of fauna and flora, including ancient stands of old-growth forests.

The Tongass National Forest, managed by the U.S. Forest Service, blankets most of this region. It was created in 1907 by Teddy Roosevelt and is America's largest national forest (17 million acres, or 500 miles north to south, or 80% of Southeast Alaska). Click here to learn more about the Tongass National Forest - the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world.

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