The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is located in the southeastern area of Washington state.
Where is this Forest?


Explore Mount St. Helens...Discover Ecosystems in Action

At 8:32 Sunday morning, May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted and blew down or scorched 230 square miles of forest...30 years later, recovery at Mount St. Helens continues. Read more...

Produced by the US Forest Service in cooperation with Mount St. Helens Institute. Special thanks to the USGS Cascade Volcano Observatory and the USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station.

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Johnston Ridge Observatory View

Mount St. Helens VolcanoCams

Providing near real-time images
of the volcano since the late 1990s. 


Accomplishment Report FY 2013

Front page to annual report

Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) was an exciting year for the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument (MSHNVM) on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Employees and partners continue finding creative and innovative ways to breathe new life into the Monument. Specifically focusing efforts on goals set forth in the Strategic Investment Plan (SIP), the Monument has strengthened relationships with non-profit partners and volunteers (garnering over 35,000 volunteer hours), made significant capital investments, identified projects to increase access, created new partnerships with the local community and increased program offerings.

2015 Open Season for Outfitter Guide Proposals has Closed.

Outfitter Guide 2014

2015 Open Season for Outfitter Guide Proposals has Closed.

Thanks to all that turned in a proposal, we will send applicants an update to the status of their proposal in late January or early February. Watch this website for updates on the next open season for outfitting and guide opportunities in 2016.

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest had accepted proposals for outfitter-guide use between November 1 and December 15, 2014 for the 2015 season.

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Accessible Adventures Around Mount St. Helens

Shows wheelchair visitor using forest

Learn more about premier accessible recreation sites around one of the most active volcanos in the US.

Mount St. Helens in a High-Tech world

Mount St Helens 30 years after the 1980 eruption

Ever wonder how 3-D maps are made? Want to see what NASA is doing at MSH? Want to learn all USGS knows? This page has links to the coolest Mount St. Helens information the Web has to offer.


Eagle Scout Project at the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater

Eagle Scout Project Science and Learning Center

Eagle Scout Project Improves New Sign for the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater

USFS Scientist Identify Key Fugal Species Related to White Nose Syndrome

White Nose Syndrome

US Forest Service Scientist identify key fungal species that may help explain the mysteries of White Nose Syndrome. 

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