The United States Forest Service, a subsidiary of the United States Department of Agriculture, is the federal agency tasked with managing and preserving the 155 national forests and 20 national grasslands. In the Cordova area our back yard, the Chugach National Forest is their charge.
When you visit Cordova a stop at the Ranger Station is a must. You will find hiking maps, sport fishing maps (sport fishing licenses are available through Alaska Department of Fish and Game), information on the varied Alaskan wildflowers, berries and plants, information on USFS cabins and trails to name a few.
In partnership with the Prince William Sound Science Center, the USFS hosts a weekly community lecture on subjects from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, to hummingbird tagging, to PWS crab and shrimp fisheries. See the Prince William Sound Science Center website for details and scheduled lectures.
The USFS is a fundamental element to the community of Cordova. USFS staff is visible throughout the community at festivals, events and every day life serving as volunteers, educators and leaders.
Bookmark their website. It's a valuable resource for the Visitor, the New Comer and the Local alike.