The NATURE, CULTURE and TOOLs sections of JuneauNature are ‘thematic;’ that is, they’re structured according to classic, branching hierarchies of subject matter. Examples: NATURE>Critters>Mammals>Rodents. TOOLS>GIS>LiDAR. In contrast, the PLACES section is organized geographically; its subdivisions are spatial rather than thematic. PLACES is a map-heavy portal.
Defining home: watersheds, biogeographic provinces
As our name implies, this website is Juneau-centric. But most of us who’ve lived here for more than a few years find ourselves gradually expanding the region we consider home. For me [RC], “home” is Southeast Alaska, and I’ve made it my goal to see as much of this magnificent archipelago as possible.
Because Juneau is water-bound, the area accessed by our road system—from Berners Bay on the north to Thane and Outer Point on the south—makes a well-defined core area within this PLACES. For the Juneau area, the logical framework is watersheds. Watersheds have ‘personalities,’ deriving from their distinctive geology, microclimate, hydrology, aspect, vegetation, wildlife community, and human development.
Scaling out to the broader context of Southeast Alaska, watershed becomes too fine a unit to deal with. At this scale the more appropriate spatial units are the 22 biogeographic provinces.
For places a Juneau resident can drive or walk to, open Juneau areas.
For our larger home, go to Southeast Alaska.