Kaxdigoowu Héen, going back clearwater (Montana Creek)

Healthiest habitat of greater Áak’w Táak, (Mendenhall watershed).

I first began using this valley to teach bird classes in the early 1990s, when my ears could still detect the high notes of songbirds. During wetland assessment transects in the mid 1980s, I’d noticed that the logged-over swamp behind Community Gardens was full of beaver-drowned snags. Sapsuckers had drilled them, and once abandoned, these became home to chickadees, pewees and small owls. Those rotting snags didn’t last long, but the swamps and marshes are still chock full of fish and critters. And beaver are still at work, drowning more future sapsucker trees.

Kaxdigoowu Héen is where I first noticed that logging isn’t always “bad” for wildlife. It’s also where I first realized environmentalists don’t usually like it when I say that. (Sorry!)

Northwest over Community Gardens. Today, the snags have rotted and toppled, but wildlife habitat is if anything even richer.

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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

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

Montana Creek trailhead signs

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

2010 | Richard Carstensen | 3 pages

Kaxdigoowu Héen: Three days on clear water

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

Montana Creek Map Series

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

Montana Creek brochure

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

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