I have been reading and searching the forums, but still looking for some advice on a possible property purchase.
I am looking at a piece of land in the Talkeetna area that is close to one of the parks hwy streams. A small portion of the property is in the FEMA floodplain for the stream, approximately 300-400' from the stream itself. I realize this brings along some obvious risks with potential flooding and would plan on a raised foundation for peace of mind (a little any way), but I am really looking for some advice on weather the land is suitable to build on.
Last week I walked the property roughly 5 acres, on the far side from the river the trees are primarily small spruce anywhere from 2"-5" in diameter (white spruce?). Walking towards the river it transitions to small birch 3"-5" in diameter, then to what I would call average size birch 6"-12" in diameter, and finally the portion of property closest to the stream/river is a mix of large spruce and large cottonwoods.
Am I wrong in assuming that the presence of birch, large spruce, and cottonwood trees indicates that the soil is safe to build on?
Anyone have any good rules of thumb for tree content in Alaska concerning cabin building, aside from black spruce and swamps, like birch=safe, large trees=safe?