The Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska is the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world.

The Tongass is also the largest national forest in the United States, covering 16.7 million acres and stretching across mountains, bays, glaciers, 1,000 islands, 18,000 miles of coastline, and almost all of mainland Southeast Alaska. 94% of Southeast Alaska is federally managed lands, and of that, 60% is set aside as Congressionally-designated Wilderness, National Parks, and National Monuments.

The lands and waters of the Tongass sustain a unique Alaskan way of life, including cultural and spiritual ties for Alaska Native communities; subsistence activities; robust salmon fisheries; remote wilderness tourism; and mining, timber, and other economic development activities.

Since 2014, Meridian Institute has supported and facilitated a series of multi-stakeholder dialogues to make management recommendations for the Tongass. Meridian is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization that has helped our clients and partners develop and implement solutions to complicated, often controversial problems for over two decades.

We do this with an innovative approach that brings together three elements: our deep understanding of the issues at hand, as well as the people, politics, and power dynamics that surround them; our dedicated, expert team; and our ability to foster constructive discussions, manage decisions, and support actions that shape the world for the better. We worked to come to meaningful consensus among diverse groups in the Tongass, as well as building our partners’ capacity for cooperation to continue the hard work of managing land with multiple uses in mind for years to come.

Learn more about the mutli-stakeholder processes we facilitated in the Tongass.

Tongass Advisory Committee

The TAC convened a group of diverse stakeholders over the course of two years to develop a set of consensus recommendations for the management of timber resources in the Tongass.

Tongass Transition Collaborative

The TTC continued the work of the TAC to support ongoing stakeholder cooperation in the Tongass and track progress against the TAC's final consensus recommendations.

Roadless Rule Citizen's Advisory Committee

The CAC convened a group of diverse stakeholders to develop a set of recommendations to inform the State of Alaska in negotiating with the Forest Service over revisions to the Roadless Rule in the Tongass National Forest.