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Mt. Hood National Forest Quarter (Oregon) 2010

Mt. Hood National Forest Quarter (Oregon) 2010
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The Mount Hood National Forest Quarter is the fifth of 2010 and the fifth overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. Located 20 miles east of Portland, Oregon, which lies in the northern part of the Willamette River Valley, Mount Hood National Forest extends south from the strikingly beautiful Columbia River Gorge across more than 60 miles of forested mountains, lakes and streams, to the Olallie Scenic Area. The forest encompasses more than one million acres. Two of its many highlights are the Timberline Lodge, a national historic landmark in its own right, and the Clackamas Wild and Scenic River. Mount Hood was first established as a national site on September 28, 1893 (Pres. Proc. No. 6; 28 Stat. 1240).

Mount Hood received its name in 1792 when Lt. William Broughton named the peak after Lord Samuel Hood, a respected admiral of the British Royal Navy. For the next 100 years, the region remained in relative obscurity.

This changed when land in the area was first put under the protection of the federal government in 1892 as the Bull Run Forest Reserve. In 1908, Bull Run was merged with Cascade National Forest and the two became the Oregon National Forest. Finally, in 1924, the whole area was renamed Mount Hood National Forest.

Over 25% of the forest lands are designated wilderness, meaning a concerted effort is maintained to restrain human influences on the area. This does not prevent almost 4 million annual visitors from enjoying Mount Hood as a whole, however.

Most any outdoor activity you can think of is undertaken within the boundaries of Mount Hood. Some of these include boating, rafting, hunting, hiking, skiing and mountain biking. Camping is also enjoyed by thousands, both in and out of the multiple campgrounds.

Interestingly enough, local Oregon citizens find winter a perfect time to visit Mount Hood as they continue the annual tradition of finding their Christmas tree within the boundaries of the National Forest.

This reverse image depicts a view of Mount Hood with Lost Lake in the foreground. Inscriptions are MOUNT HOOD, OREGON, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. Design candidates were developed in consultation with representatives of Mount Hood National Forest.


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