ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A project to restore an important salmon river in the nation's largest national forest is getting under way.

Public and private groups that in the past were so fiercely divided over managing the Tongass National Forest that their battles were called "The Tongass Wars" are collaborating on the project.

The U.S. Forest Service, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and two conservation groups are teaming up to restore the Sitkoh River.

Restoring the river is example of a new direction the Forest Service is taking for managing the forest. The agency announced last summer that it was moving away from cutting old-growth trees and toward second-growth trees and forest restoration work, and has made restoring the Sitkoh a top priority. The river was damaged by logging in the 1970s.