Tongass National Forest Service Social and Economic Monitoring

Social and Economic Monitoring of the Tongass National Forest and Southeast Alaska Communities

Project Researchers

Heidi Huber-Stearns, Assistant Research Professor, Associate Director-Ecosystem Workforce Program and Director-Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon

Anna Santo, Faculty Research Assistant, Ecosystem Workforce Program and Institute for a Sustainable Environment

Project Collaborator

Erin Steinkruger, Program Director at the Tatoosh School based on Prince Wales Island, Alaska


The Tongass Advisory Committee recommended to develop a plan to track social and economic conditions in Southeast Alaska as part of the Tongass National Forest's (NF) transition to predominately young-growth timber harvest The objectives for this project were to: 1) collect, analyze, and present a baseline analysis of social and economic; and 2) develop and present a social and economic monitoring plan that can track social and economic change in affected communities around the Tongass NF ad that reflects stakeholder interests.

Monitoring focused on four main questions:

  1. Socioeconomic conditions and context in communities surrounding the Tongass NF
  2. How timber sales, restoration projects, and other natural resource projects on the Tongass NF affect communities in Southeast Alaska
  3. The status of collaborative work on the Tongass NF and communities in Southeast Alaska
  4. Stakeholder perceptions and concerns about changes occurring in Southeast Alaska communities and on the Tongass NF

We provide guidance on the types of indicators, data sources, and methods to use to address key monitoring questions. The intent of this work is to guide future efforts to replicate this monitoring process and build on the existing baseline report.

This work was funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the state of Alaska Division of Forestry as part of the Tongass Growth Challenge Cost Share Agreement with the USDA Forest Service.

Project Publications

Social and Economic Monitoring of the Tongass National Forest and Southeast Alaska Communities: Monitoring Plan and Baseline Report

Appendices and Datasets

See below for full list and links to appendices

Quick Guide to Social and Economic Monitoring of the Tongass National Forest and Southeast Alaska Communities

Working Paper Appendices and Datasets

Below are links to the appendices from the Working Paper. In some cases the appendices are datasets used for this project that were obtained through information requests to the Tongass National Forest and USDA Forest Service Region 10. We include both the unedited raw datasets obtained directly from the forest, as well as the cleaned datasets we used to complete our analyses. Please direct any questions about these datasets to

Appendices A, B, C, and I