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


About the Forest

At 8:32 Sunday morning, May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted. The eruption lasted 9 hours, but Mount St. Helens and the surrounding landscape were dramatically changed within moments. 

In 1982, the President and Congress created the 110,000-acre National Volcanic Monument, within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, for research, recreation, and education.

Inside the Monument, the environment is left to respond naturally to the disturbance.


Order from Mayhem

The eruption of Mount St. Helens leveled a lush Pacific Northwest forest. What happened there may have a profound effect on the way forests across the region are managed. Read this short article written by Tim McNulty about the ecological recovery of Mount St. Helens.

About the Gifford Pinchot National Forest

State and Forest Vicinity map

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