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Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska's Tongass Rain Forest

"The Tongass is a place where salmon, trees, bears, eagles, and people are all connected in a glorious cycle of life that has thrived for millennia. There is no other place like it in the world, and I want people to know how special it is."
      ~ Amy Gulick

Salmon in the Trees is a multi-year, multimedia outreach project designed to educate others about the magnificent Tongass rain forest of Alaska. With an award-winning book, traveling exhibits, lectures, YouTube videos, and more, Amy Gulick is telling the story of one of the rarest ecosystems on Earth.

Fringing the coastal panhandle of Alaska and covering thousands of islands in the Alexander Archipelago, the Tongass rain forest is a place where everything is interconnected. Humpback whales, orcas, and sea lions cruise the forested shorelines. Millions of wild salmon swim upstream into the forest, feeding some of the world's highest densities of grizzlies, black bears, and bald eagles. Native cultures and local communities benefit from the gifts of both the forest and sea.

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National Geographic News Watch
Seattle Times Feature
KCAW Radio Interview
Juneau Empire
My Alaska Forests Podcast

International Year of Forests ::
In recognition of the International Year of Forests, as designated by the United Nations General Assembly, Amy Gulick partnered with the U.S. Forest Service, National Forest Foundation, Alaska Wilderness League, and Braided River to bring the Salmon in the Trees photography exhibit to six communities throughout Southeast Alaska. The exhibit showcases the remarkable connections among the salmon, trees, and people of the Tongass National Forest and celebrates all that makes it unique.

Salmon in the Trees exhibit on display in Wrangell, Alaska.

Salmon in the Trees reaches youth in Yakutat, Alaska.

Salmon in the Trees photographer Amy Gulick and illustrator Ray Troll at the exhibit opening in Ketchikan, Alaska.

The Klawock Heenya Dancers perform in Craig, Alaska on the opening day of the Salmon in the Trees exhibit.

Photographer Amy Gulick reunites with a young Tlingit girl from Klawock, Alaska featured in Salmon in the Trees.

U.S. Forest Service and Native leaders dedicate a newly restored salmon stream on Prince of Wales Island as part of the International Year of Forests celebrations.

Salmon in the Trees exhibit opening in Sitka, Alaska.

Photographer Amy Gulick gives her Salmon in the Trees presentation at the Sitka National Historical Park in Sitka, Alaska.

Salmon in the Trees exhibit opening in Juneau, Alaska.

Community bulletin board in Yakutat, Alaska.

SLIDE SHOW from the six communities throughout Southeast Alaska that hosted "Salmon in the Trees" photography exhibit.