Three geopdfs for Áak’w watershed: 1) Aanchgaltsóow, nexus town. 2) Áak’w Ta, Auke Bay, and 3) the highlands of Spaulding Meadows.

Áak’w, little lake (Auke Lake) & Áak’w Tá, little lake bay (Auke Bay)

Juneau’s pre-gold cultural hub

The hill to the east of Auke Lake—named “Hill 560” by my mentor Dan Bishop—is underlain by limey slate and phyllite, Juneau’s most productive parent material for large-tree forest. For an imagining of what this hill looked like when first paleomarine kayakers saw it, about 10,000 years ago, see page 30 in Natural history of Juneau Trails.

1991 Hydrologist Dan Bishop at portal to the Dan Bishop Bay Creek Trail. Dan was a mentor to early Discovery naturalists.

The steep northwest-facing slopes of this hill are protected from gales that in most other locations knock down conifers presumptive enough to stick their crowns too high in the air.

One of them—the unfortunate spruce in thumbnail, upper right—leaned over the expensive new Auke Lake Trail, and was topped as a precautionary measure, the year after I took this photo. In the LiDAR point cloud it measured over 200 feet tall. For more on the tall trees of Auke Lake Trail, check out New tools for old naturalists, a 2015 Fireside presentation. Drag the slider about 12 minutes into this 31-minute slideshow.

View over Áak’w (Auke Lake) to Áak’w Kwáan Sít’i, Auk people’s glacier (Mendenhall), September 2012.

In this section

Bishop 1980 Auke Lake

When a hydrologist lives on a lake All of Dan and Beth’s now-adult children grew up on the shores of…

2018 | Richard Carstensen | 1 page

Bay&Valley day: marine&glacial landforms

Morning: In the morning we visited coastal sites at Aanchg̱altsóow, nexus town (Auke Rec) and K’aan Héenak’u, porpoise little bay…

2022 | Richard Carstensen | Landforms class archives

Getting started: orientation on campus

Custom geopdfs for Áak’w On our first class, we loaded the navigational app Avenza to our phones, and tested out…

2022 | Richard Carstensen | pair of geopdfs

Auke Bay School-UAS historical series

History from the air Georeferencing old and recent vertical air photos in ArcMap makes it easy to export exactly scaled-&-aligned…

2021 | Richard Carstensen | 9 pages

Nature near the schools 1991 Auke Bay powerpoint.

Materials from the Eisenhower Math and Science series In October, 1990, with Cathy Pohl and Gretchen Bishop, I gave a…

1991 | Carstensen, Pohl, Bishop | workshop materials

GeoPDF Muir-Spaulding

Medium-resolution GeoPDF pair for field navigation in Spaulding Meadows. This boggy plateau is approached by 3 trails: Muir, Spaulding and…

2018 | Richard Carstensen | 2 geoPDFs

GeoPDFs Aanchgaltsóow (Auke Rec)

High-resolution GeoPDF pair for field navigation at Aanchgaltsóow, nexus town (Auke Rec) and X’unáxi, camping place (Auke Cape). In apps such…

2018 | Richard Carstensen | 2 geoPDFs

GeoPDFs Áak’w Tá (Auke Bay & Lake)

High-resolution GeoPDF pair for field navigation around inner Áak’w Tá, little lake bay (Auke Bay). Includes Áak’w, little lake, and…

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

Skiing at Spaulding Meadows

Skiing at Spaulding Meadows, above Auke Bay. spaulding from Discovery Southeast JuneauNature on Vimeo.

2017 | Richard Carstensen |

Auke Lake trailhead signs

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

Kids & porpoises

Sealaska Heritage is wrapping up a 10-day culture camp for middle school students. I came along to share information about…

2017 | Richard Carstensen | 1 minute

Auke Lake Trail brochure

Four-fold brochure created for the CBJ Natural History Project describes 8 interpretive stations along the Auke Lake Trail. On your…

2013 | Richard Carstensen | 2 pages