Gifford Pinchot National Forest



Gifford Pinchot National Forest is a U.S. National Forest located in Washington, USA. With an area of 1.3 million acres (5300 km²), it extends 116 km along the western slopes of Cascade Range from Mount Rainier National Park to the Columbia River. It includes the 110,000 acre (445 km²) Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, established by Congress in 1982. In addition, Congressional action since 1964 has established the following wilderness areas:

* Goat Rocks - 105,600 acres (427 km²)
* Tatoosh - 15,800 acres (63.9 km²)
* Mount Adams - 47,420 acres (19.1 km²)
* Indian Heaven - 20,400 acres (82.6 km²)
* Trapper Creek - 6,000 acres (24 km²)

Also, William O. Douglas Wilderness is administered jointly with Wenatchee National Forest.

The forest offices are located in Vancouver, Washington. The forest is named after the first chief of the United States Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot. Washington towns near entrances of the forest include Cougar, Randle, and Carson.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest is one of the older national forests in the United States. Included as part of the Mount Rainier Forest Reserve in 1897, the area was set aside as the Columbia National Forest in 1908. It was renamed the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in 1949.

The forest was named after Gifford Pinchot, one of the leading figures in the creation of the national forest system of the United States.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest is located in a mountainous region approximately between Mount St. Helens in the west, Mount Adams in the east, White Pass in the north, and the Columbia River in the south. This region is noted for its complex topography and volcanic geology.

* Wind River Arboretum

The Forest is home to several Threatened and Endangered species including: bald eagle, bull trout, chinook, coho and steelhead, and northern spotted owl. The Forest also provides habitat for gray wolf, grizzly bear, and marbled murrelett.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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