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.
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.