The ecological / archaeological expedition to rediscover the 1916 Cooper successional plots and re-establish the longest primary succession plot network in the world was 100% successful. We found all of Cooper's plots, re-marked and GPS'd them, and resurveyed them for all species, soil depth, and took some soil samples.
It was a great trip, but took some doing - we had to kayak each day to reach the field sites, rain was a constant companion, brown and black bears (and a wolf) were always near, and we finished after 7 days with a full 6 hours to spare. We were in a kayak-in floathouse for 5 days and tents for 2 days - about perfect.
Once again, the longest permanent primary succession plot network in the world has been re-established. Pretty satisfying. We will be submitting results for publication soon. Below are a random assortment of pictures, we have several hundred.
Thanks to National Geographic, the University of Alaska, and Glacier Bay National Park for making this happen.