Environmental and cultural assessment for the proposed Salmon Creek road-pipeline development Before I began working with Dan Bishop in 1985,…1981 | Bishop, Mills, Jacoby and Moore | 95 pages
How streams & rivers shape land & interact with forestsWhen we started the Landmark Trees project in 1996, it quickly became obvious that our search for giant trees was mostly a search for a special kind of stream and river deposit, called alluvium. You can approach the study of alluvial landforms and processes from the perspective of a geologist (the ‘abiotic’ angle). Or, as we did, from the perspectives of forest ecology (the ‘biotic’ angle). Given how important this globally important substrate is to forest productivity and riparian energy flow, I assumed a lot had been written about it.
I was wrong. For example, I could find nothing on why exceptionally large trees cluster where streams approach the heads of lakes. Maybe it’s because so little undeveloped alluvial surface remains throughout the world. I guess it’s up to us Southeast Alaskans!
Top: As a geologist sees alluvial landforms. Below: As a naturalist sees them.
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Focus group tour On Thursday, August 26th, about 30 masked aficionados of dynamic Fish Creek delta assembled on invitation from…2021 | Richard Carstensen, Bob Armstrong | RC-59 pages: BA vid-links
Discovery & FSL explore Héen Latinee For experienced backcountry navigators, Bessie Creek trail offers a ‘backdoor’ into the Cowee-Davies watershed,…2011 | Richard Carstensen | 13 pages
Powerpoint & script for Discovery Nature Studies I didn’t come to geology by natural inclination. I was gently nudged by…1990 | Richard Carstensen | powerpoint & script
Hydrology in the point cloud. Maybe it’s all those years stippling scenes and species portraits, point by point with double-ought…2020 | Richard Carstensen | 2-minute slideshow
Stream work documentation on Tàan, sea lion (Prince of Wales Island) The Nature Conservancy, US Forest Service, and dozens of…2020 | Richard Carstensen | 19 minute slideshow
Going back clearwater (Montana Creek) In late May, 2019, Discovery naturalist Steve Merli and I explored the middle reaches of…2019 | Richard Carstensen | 5-minute slideshow
In 2013 I participated in a 3 day teacher’s conference called STREAM: a Pedagogy of Place. During this “place-based” conference…2013 | Richard Carstensen | 7 pages
This document assembles aerial imagery and other GIS-based maps of Montana Creek for use by teachers in class and field.…2013 | Richard Carstensen | 22 pages
Four-fold brochure created for the CBJ Natural History Project describes 11 interpretive stations along the lower Montana Creek Trail. On…2013 | Richard Carstensen | 2 pages
Documenting change through repeat photography in Southeast Alaska Carefully framed retakes of historical photographs documenting vegetation and landform change in…2005: 2nd ed, 2013 | Richard Carstensen, Kathy Hocker | 39 pages
Northern challenges As you might expect, our highest-scoring Landmark Tree stands are on the central and southern Tongass. But we’ve…
How bedrock foundations, glaciers, rivers and sea shape the land How bedrock influences the shape of mountains and coastal landforms.…2013 | Cathy Connor|Richard Carstensen | 28 pages
Our laminated 4-fold guide to Streamwalking is the guide you’ll want in your pocket when you’re sleuthing the borders of…2003 | Kathy Hocker & Richard Carstensen | 4-fold laminate
Connections between the living and non-living world Feature article on response of flora and fauna to geologic landforms and bedrock…Spring 2011 | Richard Carstensen | 12 pages