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Origin of Eastern Region Forest Names

Origin of Eastern Region Forest Names

ALLEGHENY NATIONAL FOREST - Named after the Allegheny Mountains.

CHEQUAMEGON NATIONAL FOREST - After the Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior, which
in the Chippewa language means "place of shallow
water".

CHIPPEWA NATIONAL FOREST - Named after the Chippewa or Ojibwa Native American group (both names are forms of the same word, which signifies "people whose moccasins have puckered seams"

GREEN MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST - After the Green Mountains of Vermont.

HIAWATHA NATIONAL FOREST - Named after the Mohawk chief who brought about the confederation known as the Five Nations of the Iroquois. He was also the hero of Longfellow's poem, "Hiawatha".

HOOSIER NATIONAL FOREST - Named for the nickname for a native or resident of Indiana.

HURON NATIONAL FOREST - Named after the Iroquoian tribe of the Great Lakes region.

MANISTEE NATIONAL FOREST - Native American word meaning "the whispering of the wind through the pines".

MARK TWAIN NATIONAL FOREST - Named after Missouri's famous literary figure.

MONONGAHELA NATIONAL FOREST - Named for the Monongahela River. The word, Monongahela, is derived from a Native American word meaning "high banks or bluffs, breaking off and falling down at places".

NICOLET NATIONAL FOREST - Named for French explorer of the 17th century, Jean Nicolet.

OTTAWA NATIONAL FOREST - Named for the Ottawa ('traders') tribe of the Ojibwa Nation. These lands between Lake Superior and Lake Michigan were known to the Native Americans of the region as "gitchie guam" (big waters) and "mitche guam" (small waters).

SHAWNEE NATIONAL FOREST - Named after the Central Algonkin Native American tribe.

SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST - Named after Lake Superior.

WAYNE NATIONAL FOREST - Named for "Mad" Anthony Wayne, a fearless American soldier chosen in 1792 to rid the Ohio and Indiana frontiers of Indian tribes in order to open the area for American settlement.

WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST - After the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

 





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