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. 

Recent News


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.

New Open Season for Temporary Outfitting-Guiding Permits

Outfitter Guide 2014

Gifford Pinchot National Forest will soon offer opportunities for local businesses to provide outfitter and guiding services on the Forest.  The GPNF is offering an open season for outfitters and guides to submit proposals for temporary permits to conduct outfitter and guiding activities during the 2015 calendar year. Temporary permits authorize short-term outfitting and guiding use, up to a maximum of 200 service days, in a 180 calendar day period. Proposals for temporary permits must be submitted during the GPNF open season scheduled from November 1 through December 15, 2014.

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MSH Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen's Annual Fun Ride Saturday July 26,2014

Pancake Breakfast

Mount St. Helens Chapter of Back Country Horsemen's will be hosting their Annual Fun Ride Saturday July 26, 2014 at the Kalama Horse Camp on Forest Road 81.

Forest Service Employees Participate in Girlsfest 2014

Girlsfest 2014 w/smokey

Forest Service employees participated in Girlsfest 2014. An annual gathering of Girl Scouts from Oregon and SW Washington.


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.

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

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