The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is located in the south central part of Washington state.
Where is this Forest?


Learning Center

National forests are the ultimate "outdoor classroom," with natural processes and human activities interacting in all sorts of interesting ways. In this section of the web site, you can learn more about local history, find out how best to behave in the outdoors, and find resources for your own teaching or classroom.


Forest History

Spud Hill Fire, Columbia National Forest, 1937

The origins of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest are firmly rooted in the great national conservation movement that swept this country at the beginning of the 20th century. The story of its creation involves two men who were among the foremost leaders of that movement: Gifford Pinchot and Theodore Roosevelt.