Áak’w & T’aakú country in 1794 Back in 2010, when first collaborating with Goldbelt Heritage, I began to mine the…2011 updated 2021 | Richard Carstensen | 36-minute slideshow
Our backyard transboundary corridor
The largest Southeast province spans 2,678 square miles, of which glaciers cover 422, 16% of total land area.
T’aakú has several translations. Commonest is flood of geese. Along with Aalséix, resting (Alsek River) and Shtax’héen, water biting itself, (Stikine), Taku River is one of just 3 primary lowland corridors from BC into Southeast. Taku watershed drains about 5,000 square miles of British Columbia, equal in size to the combined Alsek/Tatshenshini, and exceeded only by the Stikine’s (~19,000 sq mi).
The province’s standout feature is the river itself. Lowland connectivity gives T’aakú Province 36 mammal species, second only to Chilkat Province in diversity. (Áak’w Province is third). It’s also probable that the greater CBJ has the highest bird diversity in Southeast (Paul Suchanek, pers comm).
The only substantial extent of large-tree forest (dark green) in T’aakú Province was in Hobart Bay, and this was logged by Goldbelt Corporation. (Apologies for all the IWGNs; this map long preceded publication of the cultural atlas)
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Retakes field journals, 2005 season Summarizing the Repeat Photography Project, Kathy Hocker and I divided our reports into 2 parts:…2005; 2nd ed, 2013 | Richard Carstensen & Kathy Hocker | 39 pages
Presentation for Evening at Egan On November 9th, 2018, I gave the second in a series of 4 lectures for…Nov, 2018 | Richard Carstensen | 36 minutes
On July 1st, 2018, I flew from Juneau to Klawock in superb photography weather. Beautiful lighting after we passed out…2018 | Richard Carstensen | 44 pages
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
In 2011 and 2012, I helped survey proposed hydro facilities at Sweetheart Lake and estuary, about 40 air-miles south of…2011&12 | Richard Carstensen | 25 page excerpt
Corridors for fish, wildlife and people Connections between the coastal rainforest and the boreal interior. For millennia, transboundary rivers have…2000 | Richard Carstensen, Steve Merli | 9 pages