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. The steep northwest-facing slopes of this hill are also protected from gales that in most other locations knock down conifers presumptive enough to stick their crowns too high in the air. Here’s a quadcopter view of what used to be one of Juneau’s tallest Sitka spruce:

Unfortunately, in 2015, the top of this magnificent spruce was removed, apparently because it constituted a hazard to the trail.

aukeleaneraudio from Richard Carstensen on Vimeo.

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

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


View over Auke Lake to Mendenhall Glacier, September 2012.

View over Auke Lake to Mendenhall Glacier, September 2012.

 

 

 

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