Cube Cove is on the northwest side of Admiralty Island. The area was heavily logged – mostly by clear cut – in the 1980s and 90s.
Ketchikan beaches have elevated levels of bacteria that could make people sick even without dozens of cruise ships sailing through the Inside Passage and discharging wastewater.
Biologist John Hudson says reed canarygrass conquers meadows and leaves them sterile. He said it’s like replacing a forest with a parking lot.
Tribal leaders around the region are trying to get a handle on one factor that may contribute to declining returns in the Chilkat River and its nearby waters, which are a major source of food for subsistence fishermen in Haines and Klukwan.