Skeena Estuary

Photos of dead vegetation along Skeena River CN Rail Line

 Photos taken September 23rd to 25th 2017 along Skeena River

between Terrace and Prince Rupert

Dead vegetation within 5 meters of the Skeena on riprap which drains directly into salmon habitat.


More dead vegetation on rip rap directly adjacent to Skeena salmon habitat and dead spruce needles on portion of the tree near the rails

Dead vegetation within 5 meters of Shames, Skeena River tributary, near confluence

View of the line of burnt vegetation including high up on conifers

Closeup of burnt conifer needles and alder leaves with green needles and leaves on the parts of the trees away form the rail lilne.

Dead alder near the train vs green alder across the road. In most places along this stretch the heavy rainfall in the area is carried away in culverts from ditches along the rail line directly into the Skeena salmon habitat.

The line of dead vegetation did not appear to stop 5 meters away from fish bearing creeks. This is Aberdeen Creek across the road from the Skeena.

Another view of dead vegetation on either side of Aberdeen Creek. Burnt dead alder leaves and conifer needles.


Dead vegetation right over water flowing into salmon habitat on one side of the CN rail line by North Pacific Cannery near Port Edward (the other side of this part of the rail is right along the Skeena. The photo of the small conifer with burnt looking vegetation directly above flowing water in a ditch is near Inverness Channel, "critical salmon habitat"

Here you can see the burnt needles high on the tree where it appears spray hit them and the dead vegetation going right to what appeared to be the high water mark of the Inverness Channel.

Here one can see alders with dead leaves on the CN railside of the tree and green leaves elsewhere (Inverness)

Salmonberry bushes at the side of the rail line with a line of dead leaves and other dead vegetation over running water ditch near Inverness.

Line of dead vegetation within 5 meters of Port Edward harbour water (this photo was at low tide)

Longer view of line of dead vegetation along Port Ed harbour at point within 5 meters.

The line of dead vegetation goes right into the city of Prince Rupert. The width on one side is 25 feet from the outside rail. The pavement is the walkway for pedestrians going to the Alaska ferry Terminal and Fairview dock.