Tag: Indian River

Indian River ‘monitoring tool’ may shed light on Sitka’s potential landslide hazard

Former Sitka science teacher and programmer Eric Matthes noticed an extraordinarily rapid rise in the Indian River (Ḵaasda Héen) on a trail run the morning of August 18, 2015. At the same time, three landslides struck in Sitka, one of them deadly. Matthes has since correlated eleven other landslides around Sitka since 2014 with high water events on the river, and developed an online tool that indicates when a rainstorm is producing a possible landslide hazard -- and when it's not. Read More

Land swap removes Sitka’s Indian River from Trust’s logging list

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority board approved its largest land exchange to date earlier this month (1-3-19), sparing over 400 acres in Sitka's Indian River valley from future logging. Through the deal, up to 40,000 acres of land in and around Southeast communities will change hands between the Trust and the U.S. Forest Service. Read More
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