Scenic USA - Alaska
Scenic USA offers a collection of select photographs from a wide variety of attractions, points of interest, historic sites, state and
national parks found throughout the United States. Each photo feature is coupled with a brief explanation.
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Tongass National Forest
|Photo by Meri Cheatham
It's easy to imagine that the largest state in the Union holds the largest national forest. The Alaskan panhandle's Tongass
covers 17 million acres and surrounds the capitol city, Juneau. The Tongass National Forest is considered a
temperate rain forest. It is covered with western hemlock, Sitka spruce, yellow and red cedar, and shore
pine. The rugged territory also includes over a dozen wilderness areas. The 1964 Wilderness Act assures that
wilderness areas remain. Besides abundant vegetation, the forest is home to countless eagles, deer, and bear.
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