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).

Receding Norris Glacier in center (no recorded Lingít name). Lobe of advancing T’aakú Kwáan Sít’i, Taku peoples’ glacier (Taku) on right. Grizzly Bar in foreground. This outwash flat supports sparse woodland on excessively drained coarse sediment. Subalpine fir—an interior conifer —extends downriver to Grizzly Bar, one of its few lowland occurrences in Southeast.

Receipt of the new IfSAR-generated bare-earth layer in October, 2015, inspired me to extend Juneau’s surficial geology mapping toward the Canadian border. T’aakú Kwáan place names are from Thornton & Martin, 2012.

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 Taku Province was in Hobart Bay, logged by Goldbelt Corporation. 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)

In this section

First encounters

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

Repeat photography Part-1: aerials

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

Áak’w & T’aakú Aaní: the natural history of resilience

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

2018 flight, Juneau to Klawock

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

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

Sweetheart lake flights

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

2000 spring newsletter: River relations

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