Three geopdfs for Áak’w Táak: 1) the ‘greater’ watershed, from IfSAR; 2) & 3) more detail for upper and lower inhabited portions.

Áakw Táak, inland from little lake (greater Mendenhall Valley)

On May 25th, to celebrate school’s end, Discovery Naturalists Steve Merli, John Hudson and I accompanied 50 teachers and staff from Dzantik’i Héeni Middle School across tidal flats at the bottom of T’áa Shuyee, board squared at end (Mendenhall Valley). We started at the end of Peninsula Road and got picked up at Industrial Boulevard. The walk traversed lovely salt marsh and uplift meadows at peak of spring migration. Here’s a slideshow summary.

SW over lower the flats to Áak’w Tá, little lake bay (Auke Bay). On the right, willow-alder wetlands advance onto raised tideland. In left mid-distance, Widgeon Ponds sit on compacted silt.

East over mouth of Steep Creek to the Visitor Center, April, 2002. Not surprising we have no Lingít place names for these features that were ice covered until the mid-1900s.

For navigation, I’ve  prepared several geopdfs that you can load to the app Avenza, described in Tools>Field navigation  Basemaps are high-res bare earth from 2013 CBJ LiDAR, and coarser 5-m pixel hillshade from IfSAR.

In this section

Pocket wildlands: forests and ponds of Áak’w Táak

Fifty friends on backloop moraines On a sunny July 17th, 2021, Discovery Southeast and the Southeast Alaska Land Trust hosted…

2021 | Richard Carstensen | 8 minute slideshow

SEALT & Discovery Southeast groupwalk

Touring lands on Back Loop Road Discovery Southeast and the Southeast Alaska Land Trust (SEALT) have similar missions. Discovery works…

Teachers’ outings, 2021

Year-3: Estuaries & steep places Two kinds of landforms & habitats have consumed my attention this winter and spring—estuaries and…

2021 | Richard Carstensen | 60 page journal & course manual

Wetlands Month features Mendenhall Wetlands

Frontyard wetlands in StoryMaps Every May is American Wetlands Month, and this year, it’s especially interesting for residents of Áak’w…

American Wetlands Month features Taashuyee

Our frontyard wetlands in StoryMaps For several years I’ve been wanting to dive into ArcGIS StoryMaps, cartography for one and…

2021 | USFWS | ArcGIS StoryMap

Northbound through Taashuyee (Mendenhall Wetlands)

Migrant stopover on Woosh eelʼóox̱ʼu héen, river that’s murky together (Mword River) On April 22nd, 2021, Cathy and I walked…

2021 | Richard Carstensen | 80-second slideshow

Forests after logging or glaciers

Effects of age and succession type on forest overstory and understory In 1991 I assisted highschool students Joey Bosworth and…

1991 | Joey Bosworth & Erika O'Sullivan | 1 page poster

Discovery at Nugget Falls

Goat-watch at Áak’w Kwáan Sít’i (Áak’w people’s glacier) 20201203: Every other Friday, Discovery staff get together for a ‘distanced’ outing.…

2020 | Richard Carstensen | 2 page journal

Nature near the schools: Mendenhall River Elementary. 1991

Materials from the Eisenhower Math and Science series In February, 1991, with Gustavus master-naturalist Greg Streveler, Discovery director Cinda Stanek…

1991 | Carstensen, Streveler, Stanek & Merli | workshop materials

Nature near the schools: Glacier Valley-Floyd Dryden. 1991

Materials from the Eisenhower Math and Science series In October, 1990, with Discovery director Cinda Stanek and naturalist Steve Merli,…

1990 | Carstensen, Stanek, Merli | workshop materials

History and future of the Refuge

Rebound, succession, fish&wildlife, and aviation on Juneau’s Mendenhall Wetlands In 2011, Jeff Sauer at Juneau Audubon asked for a presentation…

2011 | Richard Carstensen | 36-minute slideshow

Spring trumpeters

Northbound swans, Áak’w Táak, inland from little lake (M-word Valley) April 4th, 2020. For the past week or more, birders…

2020 | Richard Carstensen | 3-minute video

Birds & plane safety

Beginning in late 2001, on contract with Airport EIS consultants SWCA, Bob Armstrong and I spent a full year surveying…

2004 | Richard Carstensen & Bob Armstrong | 14 pages

GeoPDFs Kaxdigoowu Héen (Montana)

High-resolution GeoPDF pair for field navigation at Kaxdigoowu Héen, going back clear water (Montana Creek). In apps such as Avenza, on…

2018 | Richard Carstensen | 2 geoPDFs

GeoPDFs Valley & tribsheds

Medium-resolution GeoPDF pair for field navigation in Aak’w Táak, inland from little lake (Mendenhall Valley) and contributing valleys or ‘tribsheds’.…

2018 | Richard Carstensen | 2 geoPDFs

GeoPDFs Áak’w Táak upper (Mendenhall Recreation Area)

High-resolution GeoPDF pair for field navigation in upper Áak’w Táak, inland from little lake (Mendenhall Valley). Includes on-foot destinations from…

2018 | Richard Carstensen | 2 geoPDFs

GeoPDFs Áak’w Táak lower (Mendenhall Valley)

geopdf_valleyloweraerial2019 High-resolution GeoPDF pair for field navigation in lower Áak’w Táak, inland from little lake (Mendenhall Valley). Includes on-foot destinations…

2018 | Richard Carstensen | 2 geoPDFs

GeoPDFs Airport flats

High-resolution GeoPDF pair for field navigation on the Airport Dike Trail and adjacent tidal wetlands. Also shows coastline on the…

2018 | Richard Carstensen | 2 geoPDFs

Supplement to the CBJ wetlands surveys, 2016

In summer 2014, Koren Bosworth, Cathy Pohl, Andrew Allison and I surveyed wetlands throughout the CBJ. Although we were not…

2016 | Richard Carstensen | 31 page excerpt (of 512p)

Area descriptions for CBJ wetlands surveys, 2014

Supplement to the 2016 Juneau Wetlands Management Plan In summer 2014, Koren Bosworth, Cathy Pohl, Andrew Allison and I surveyed…

2018 | Richard Carstensen | 8 separate pdfs, 2 to 5 MB