Tree size and logging in West Baranof Province. Almost all cut forest (pink) was originally large-tree (dark green).

Tree size and logging in West Baranof Province. Almost all cut forest (pink) was originally large-tree (dark green).

 

West Baranof Island has steep, angular mountains of granitic, non-carbonate sedimentary, metasedimentary, and volcanic rocks in the actively rising Chugach terrane.  L’ux, blinking (Mt. Edgecumbe) is the only postglacial volcano in Southeast. Deep ash soils date to its eruptions 12,000 to 14,000 years ago. Angular basalt formations on Saint Lazaria form ideal nesting perches for hundreds of thousands of seabirds, including fork-tailed and Leach’s storm petrels, murres, puffins, gulls and cormorants.

 

Bare earth from IfSAR-generated digital elevation model (DEM) Tlingit place names from the 2012 cultural atlas (Thornton & Martin, eds).

Bare earth from IfSAR-generated digital elevation model (DEM) Tlingit place names from the 2012 cultural atlas (Thornton & Martin, eds).

 

Aside from the low-gradient Edgecumbe peatlands, the province is very rugged. Mt. Annahootz, 4,301 ft, is the highest peak in this province. Here’s a map for the Sitka area:

 

Bare earth from IfSAR-generated digital elevation model (DEM) Tlingit place names from the 2012 cultural atlas (Thornton & Martin, eds).

Bare earth from IfSAR-generated digital elevation model (DEM) Tlingit place names from the 2012 cultural atlas (Thornton & Martin, eds).

 
 

 

 

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Documenting change through repeat photography in Southeast Alaska

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Landmark Trees Project – Sitka

This Landmark Trees project report from Sitka, AK covers the Gavan Forest.  Part one of the report is a tree-by-tree description of the forest, and part two gives context for big tree forests across the region.

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