White Mountain National Forest featured on newest U.S. quarter

Jan 29th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Story

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2013—The U.S. Forest Service announced the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire is honored on an America the Beautiful Quarter released recently by the U.S. Mint.

The White Mountain National Forest coin depicts Mount Chocorua, the easternmost peak of the Sandwich Range, framed by birch trees. The nearly 3,500-foot peak rising from the rugged landscape is surrounded by pristine lakes and thick forestland. A perennial favorite with hikers, Mount Chocorua’s summit provides outstanding views.

“White Mountain National Forest is one of America’s most visited national forests,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “We hope this latest recognition will inspire even more Americans to enjoy our Nation’s many outdoor recreational opportunities while supporting local economic growth and job creation.”

white-mountain-quarterWhite Mountain National Forest joins two other Forest Service sites – Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon and El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico – already honored under the program. Three other Forest Service-managed lands will be depicted on further releases in a multi-year program to honor 56 forests, national parks, and other sites in each state, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. Future quarters will include Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana, Shawnee National Forest in Illinois and the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho.

The 800,000-acre White Mountain National Forest also includes the 34-mile-long Kancamagus Scenic Byway with one of the most beautiful routes through New Hampshire’s White Mountains. A trip across the Kanc, as locals refer to it, includes rushing rivers, a covered bridge, breathtaking vistas and possibly a glimpse of an elusive moose. The byway connects with the White Mountain Trail to make a loop.

The forest also is home to incredible recreation opportunities year-round, including accessible trails and waterways.

“The White Mountain National Forest is a crown jewel among the other national treasures featured on these coins,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “We offer some of the most beautiful landscapes in America, and some of the most accessible ways to experience them.”

Forest officials are planning a coin launch event later this year.

The mission of the Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Forest Service lands contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $27 billion per year.

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