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Six of the “Greenest” National Forests

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St. Patrick's Day has us all thinking green. Our National Forests may not always look green but they're certainly doing 'green' things all year round. In honor of the holiday, we selected some of our National Forests where you're most likely to see green.

Olympic National Forest, Washington

Surrounding Olympic National Park, Olympic National Forest receives about 220 inches (more than 18 feet!) of precipitation every year.

Photo by Kyle Greenberg

Tongass National Forest, Alaska

The Tongass, our largest National Forest, contains the largest remaining temperate rainforest on the planet.

Siuslaw National Forest, Oregon

Along the central Oregon Coast, the Siuslaw extends from the Pacific Ocean into the wet Coast Range Mountains.

Photo by Sam Beebe

Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Idaho

Up in North Idaho, the Idaho Panhandle National Forest is a moist forest type, influenced by maritime air masses riding prevailing winds from the coast. Some areas receive up to 80 inches of precipitation annually.

Photo by Susan K. Beard

Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

While not green for all of the seasons, the Pisgah is painted green come spring once the heavily forested slopes of hardwood come to life.

Photo by Jeff Clark

Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont

We’d be remiss if we didn’t include a National Forest with green in its very name! The forest lies within the Green Mountains of Vermont with elevations over 4,000 feet.


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