This section speaks to the biological environment of the Cook Inlet drainages – that is the vegetation, fish, birds, mammals and amphibians which occur or are suspected to occur in the study area. Research reported here has been assembled from 2004-2008, with some sections including data gathered through 2010. Download individual chapters from the link at the right, either in summary or complete form, or explore individual chapters below.


Chapter 38: Terrestrial Vegetation

Dominant vegetation types within the mine study area, as well as typical plant species composition and distribution

Chapter 39: Terrestrial Wetlands

Extent and types of wetlands within the study area

Chapter 40: Freshwater Fish and Aquatic Invertebrates

Distribution, density and abundance, channel morphology, habitat, flow, fluvial geomorphology and temperature modeling.

Chapter 41: Terrestrial Wildlife and Habitat

Habitat availability and habitat-value assessments for birds and mammals

Chapter 42: Marine Benthos

Benthic flora and fauna of the intertidal and subtidal habitats of Iliamna and Iniskin bays

Chapter 43: Nearshore Fish and Invertebrates

Beach seine sampling, gill net and trammel net sampling and trawl net sampling for fish and invertebrates

Chapter 44: Marine Wildlife

Seasonal distribution and abundance of marine-oriented wildlife

Chapter 45: Threatened and Endangered Species

Rare plant species, conservation status of protected wildlife