In June, 2013, Diane Mayer of Southeast Alaska Land Trust asked Koren Bosworth and me to survey and describe wetlands and other habitats on a property at Mud Bay called the Nelson Homestead. SEAL Trust, Clay Frick and Carol Tuynman were working toward a conservation easement for this parcel, and more broadly on a conservation vision for the Mud Bay community. In addition to assisting Koren’s wetland survey, I tried in this journal to characterize the property’s natural and cultural history, and its strategic significance in the broader context of Chilkat Peninsula. We spent a couple days mapping the 129 acres, and talking to folks in Haines knowledgeable about the country.
This report is in 4 parts:
1) daily journal detailing surveys on June 5th & 6th
2) more systematic natural history of the project area
3) vegetation mapping & description by Koren
4) historical aerials & retakes; references, etc.