Our (formerly) unnoticed front yard

In 2015, Cathy Pohl did a little bird study of the Gold Creek delta, with an eye (and ear) to what changes we might expect with construction of the proposed Sea Walk outside Egan Expressway. All kinds of cool stuff going on out there. But because we’re so cut off from our waterfront by traffic, few of us downtown residents recreated on little flounder creek.

That changed suddenly in 2018 when the Sea Walk opened. Now, our marine ‘front yard’ beckons as invitingly as our goaty ‘back yard.’ What a cool place to live!

Here’s a clip Cathy shot of a heron stalking gunnels in the Fucus beds:

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GeoPDFs Gold&Sheep watersheds

Medium-resolution GeoPDF pair for field navigation in Dzantik’i Héeni (Gold) and Chaas’héeni (Sheep) watersheds. In apps such as Avenza, on…

2018 | Richard Carstensen | 2 geoPDFs

GeoPDFs Downtown

High-resolution GeoPDF pair for field navigation on roads and trails of downtown Juneau. In apps such as Avenza, on your…

2018 | Richard Carstensen | 2 geoPDFs

Behrends avalanche

Three days after an avalanche came down Behrends Slide, near Juneau, Alaska, I went up for some raven’s-eye perspectives. The…

2017 | Richard Carstensen | 2.5 minutes

Master trailhead sign

In 2010, on contract with CBJ Parks and Recreation, Discovery designed 3-panel sign arrays for 10 trailheads on (or leading…

Gold Creek trailhead signs

In 2010, on contract with CBJ Parks and Recreation, Discovery designed 3-panel sign arrays for 10 trailheads on (or leading…

September in Granite Basin

Vignettes from an evening visit to Granite Basin, just a couple hours above downtown Juneau. Thoughts on the connections between…

2017 | Richard Carstensen | 2.5 minutes

Cemetery stem mapping: then and now

Remapping with Montessori For a teacher at any of the downtown schools (Harborview, Montessori, JD High) with only an hour’s…

2017 | Richard Carstensen | 13 minutes

2001 summer newsletter, Gold Creek solstice: field notes from the crest of the year

On the solstice, I walked the Flume Trail above Dzantik’i Héeni, flounders creek (Gold Creek). Enamored of my newest tool—a…

Summer 2001 | Richard Carstensen | 4 pages

Gold Creek watershed brochure

Four-fold brochure created for the CBJ Natural History Project describes  bedrock geology, sea-level change, mountain habitats, avalanches, and human history…

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 response to natural or human disturbance. . Due…

2005/2013 | Richard Carstensen, Kathy Hocker | 39 pages

Gold Creek delta historical series

To evaluate change along the shoreline proposed for a seawalk, I georeferenced a series of historical maps and vertical air…

2013 | Richard Carstensen | 16 pages

Natural history of Juneau trails: A watershed approach

Guide to natural and cultural history of the CBJ, summarizing Discovery’s longterm study on contract with Parks & Recreation that…

2013 | Richard Carstensen | 72 pages