Core text for early Discovery teacher workshops In 1992 and 93, Gustavus naturalist Greg Streveler and I visited 5 communities…1993 | Greg Streveler & Richard Carstensen | 16 pages
A diverse cordillera-&-archipelago
Southeast Alaska is divided into 22 biogeographic provinces. Here in Áak’w and T’aakú Aaní (land of Auk & Taku people), our ‘home provinces’ are highlighted as “A” and “T” on the thumbnail, right. In-depth descriptions of our home watersheds are in Áak’w-T’aakú watersheds (Juneau area)
Provinces were first delineated by Forest Service geographers in 1979. Thirty years later, Dave Albert, John Schoen and I made minor revisions to those units, adding provinces #2, 3 and 4 on non-National Forest Land. My province borders and numbers are identical to those in Audubon’s Ecological Atlas of Southeast Alaska (Smith, ed, 2016) but the names are different, as explained below
The 22 provinces are grouped by color into 5 ‘super-provinces’ as mapped by MacDonald & Cook for similar mammal assemblages reflecting barriers to dispersal and about 10,000 years of genetic drift. You can also view the provinces on a clickable map that opens each subsection.
Blues: Mainland provinces
Browns: Northern outer provinces
Yellow: Admiralty province
Greens: Inner provinces
Pinks: Southern outer provinces
The map below is hosted by ArcGIS Online. It allows you to frame and export your own custom maps. To see the legend, open >> on the left. Here you can turn layers on an off by checking the left-side boxes. For example, try unchecking the saltwater layer to see more basemap detail. Smaller units are watersheds (modified from USFS Value Comparison Units, or VCUs). Click on them to see name, province number and area in square miles. Change the base map type by clicking the 4-square icon. For example, to display hillshade bathymetry, check the Oceans base map
In keeping with my place-names convention, (home page) I’ve tried to purge the provinces map of IWGNs (important white guy names). In a small departure from that convention, trying to keep names at least a little recognizable to English-speakers, I’ve retained familiar spellings (Lituya instead of Ltu.áa; Chilkat instead of Jilkáat, Stikine instead of Shtax’héen). My placenames convention is explained at bottom of JuneauNature’s home page. More extensive background on place names is in Culture>Naming places, and in particular, my essay Naming our home.
In 2018 I began to re-assemble the components of my provinces description. Here’s some of the introductory material from a draft ‘atlas of Lingít Aaní,’ called Heart and edge: Biogeographic provinces of Southeast Alaska. It explains the hierarchy of geographic divisions, both larger and smaller than “provinces.” For example, our provinces nest within 2 “ecoregions” as defined by the World Wildlife Fund. Archipelago provinces fall within the North Pacific Coastal Forests, while the mainland’s mostly in the Pacific Coastal Mountain Tundra & Icefields ecoregion..
Schools of Lingít Aaní
As the school year begins in fall, 2020, Discovery staff are exploring ways to support teachers’ efforts to educate safely. In our world, that means get outside! Of course we work most directly with educators and students here in the CBJ. But all of Southeast Alaska is our home—especially its schools.
In 1992 and 93, Naturalist Greg Streveler and I traveled throughout northern and central Lingít Aaní. We gave school-site workshops in 5 communities (located in 5 different provinces), and for each one, teachers from smaller surrounding towns came in to participate. I’ve recently digitized those old materials, which can be downloaded in 5 packages, along with more recent resources for educators.
The workshop packages, from north to south, are: Haines ● Hoonah ● Angoon ● Sitka ● Petersburg. Links to these resources can also be found in their respective provinces. More background on Discovery’s early teacher workshops can be found in Schools of Áak’w & T’aakú Aaní.
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Heart and edge: Biogeographic provinces of Southeast Alaska An atlas-in-progress for the 22 provinces of Lingít and Haida Aaní. This…2020 (draft) | Richard Carstensen | 26 page excerpt
On receipt of the new DSM (digital surface model) from IfSAR missions at 5-meter pixel resolution, it became possible to…2018 | Richard Carstensen | 1 page
In 2011, Cathy Pohl and I received a drive with 22,000 scanned air photos taken by the Navy in 1948.…2011 | Richard Carstensen | 35 minutes
It’s a little unorthodox for authors to review their own books, so I’ll defer on this first one. But it…2013 | Carstensen, Armstrong & O'Clair | 310 pages
Richard Meade was captain of a steamship that spent 4 months in Southeast in 1868 and 1869. I’ve created a…2014 | Richard Meade (Carstensen, ed) | 42 pages
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