Map of North Pacific Province States including:

Northern California

Western Oregon

Western Washington

Coastal Alaska

 

OVERVIEW: CHARACTER OF THE NORTH

PACIFIC PROVINCE BUILT AND NATURAL

ENVIRONMENTS

North Pacific Province PACIFIC

The North Pacific Province includes the national

forests and scenic areas in northern

California, Northwestern Oregon, Washington,

and the coastal region of Alaska.  This is a land of

dramatic landscapes and climate and diverse

cultural influences. These elements are frequently

celebrated through a regional architectural style

called Cascadian. 

 

The landscape has been altered

but not nearly tamed by human settlement. It is still

being shaped by volcanoes, glaciers, seismic

movement, and tidal surges. Climate, maritime

forces, and landscape are inseparable elements.

Some areas receive more than 100 inches of rain

annually; others up to 26 feet of snow. The

intense precipitation fosters lush, dense plant

life, including a rare temperate-zone rainforest

and some of the world’s largest trees.

 

Vivid contrasts are everywhere. The province’s

rainiest point in the Olympic Range

(240 inches per year) is a day’s hike from its

driest coastal spot, Dungeness Spit (15 inches).

 

Forest Service design in the North Pacific includes

a richness worthy of this landscape. The bridges,

parkways, and buildings of the Columbia River

Gorge, the Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, and

the Visitor Center at Mendenhall Glacier are

only three examples of Forest Service structures

that match the grandeur of their settings.

 

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