American National Forests on Coins
The forest is considered as the piece of land with many trees, animals and other flora and fauna vertebrates. We all depend on the forest, sometimes in the air we breathe or in the woods to make our furniture. Forest provided habitat not only for animals but also for all living organisms. The ecosystem of forest plays a vital role in offering watershed protection, prevent soil erosion and mitigate climate change. Forest also plays a vital role in stabilizing the climate; providing food and water for all living organisms, wood products, and medicines; and for supporting the world’s biodiversity. We all depend on forests, whether directly or indirectly for our livelihood. Besides forest plays an important role in our day-to- day life we can see that the quantity of forest in getting existent. Keeping this in mind the importance of Forest America had issued coins with the theme of forest. So, today we will discuss some of the commemorative coins of the USA that depict American National Forests on coins.
The United States of America had issued all these coins with the theme of American National Forest on Coins under the ‘America the Beautiful Quarters Program’. All these coins have a common obverse with the portrait of George Washington (the first president of the United States of America from 1789 to 1797) facing towards left; with the inscription ‘UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’ at the top’ inscription ‘LIBERTY’ and ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’ written to the left and right side of the coin and ‘QUARTER DOLLAR’ written at the bottom.
White Mountain National Forest
The first coin which will we discuss on America National Forest on coins is about White Mountain National Forest. The White Mountain National Forest was established in the year 1918 CE as a result of the week Act of 1911 federal acquisition of land had already begun in 1914. The White Mountains are a mountain range that covers about the quarter portion of the state New Hemisphere and a small portion of western Maine in the United States. They are also part of the northern Appalachian Mountains and the most rugged mountains in New England.
The White Mountain National Forest also includes Franconia Range, Sandwich Range, Carter-Moriah Range and Kinsman Range in New Hampshire, and the Mahoosuc Range straddling the border between it and Maine.
The reverse of this coin depicts Mount Chocorua the easternmost peak of the Sandwich Range, framed by birch trees. It is an iconic view of the White Mountain National Forest system lands.
Mount Hood National Forest Quarter Dollar
Mount Hood National Forest was first established as the Bull Run Forest Reserve in 1892, later in the year 1908, it was expanded and got merged with the part of the Cascade National Forest and was named as Oregon National Forest. In the year 1924, the name of the forest again got changed was it named as Mount Hood National Forest.
The Mount Hood National Forest quarter dollar was issued in the year 2010. The reverse of the coin depicts the image of Mount Hood with Lost Lake in the foreground.
El Yunque National Forest Commemorative Coin
El Yunque National Forest is also known as the Caribbean National Forest, it is located in northeastern Puerto Rico. This National Forest is the only tropical rain forest in United States National Forest and United States Forest Service.
The word El Yunque in attributed to the Spanish word; it is taken approximately from the Taino Language. The word ‘Yu-Ke’ means white lands or the word ‘anvil’ which is Yunque in Spanish. This is the second tallest mountain within El Yunque is also named El Yunque.
El Yunque National Forest is located on the slopes of Sierra De Luquillo Mountains. This forest has the number of traits from which the jungle-like territory’s flora and fauna can be appreciated. The reverse of this coin depicts Coqui tree with a frog sitting on a leaf and a Puerto Rican Parrot behind an epiphyte plant with tropical flora in a background.
Kisatchie National Forest
Kisatchie National Forest is the only National Forest situated in Louisiana, United States. It is located in the forested piney hills and hardwood bottoms of seven central and northern parishes. This National Forest is divided into five managed units called Ranger Districts that total more than 604,000 acres of public lands.
The most beautiful landscape of this forest is fishing and hunting. Some rare habitats such as hillside seepage bogs and calcareous prairies are also found in this forest. This forest also provides a buffer for Kisatche Hills Wilderness. Kisatchie Hills Wilderness is a nationally designated wilderness area that contributes to protecting biodiversity in the coastal plain region of the United States.
The United States of America had issued a commemorative coin with the theme of Kisatchie National Forest in the year 2015. The reverse of this coin depicts wild turkey over Bluestem grass with Longleaf pine in the background.
Shawnee National Forest Quarter Dollar
Shawnee National Forest is one of the National Forests of the United States of America. It is located in Ozark and Shawnee Hills of Southern Illinois, United States. The natural beauty of the Shawnee Forest is ideal for all types of outdoor recreation. This National Forest is famed for its awesome Gardens of the gods. This National Forest lies between the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and due to this, it has features like rolling hills, lakes, creeks and rugged bluffs. The forest also has some of the largest and most diverse blocks of mature hardwoods and forest interior habitats of national forests.
The United States of America had issued a commemorative coin with the theme of Shawnee National Forest in the year 2016. The reverse of the coin depicts Camel Rock with natural vegetation in the foreground and a red-tailed hawk soaring in the sky overhead.
The United States of America had issued all this commemorative coins to promote the national vegetation they have in their country. The commemorative coins are issued to commemorate the importance of history and other culture aspects. Basically such coins are issued to celebrate and honour people, place, culture and events. The United States of America had issued all this commemorative coins under America the Beautiful Quarter Program which was started in the year 2010. Under this program they have issued around 56 quarter dollar which are based on different themes like National Parks, National Forests and other National Sites.