Gifford Pinchot National Forest: Background information when reading Happiness Is a Chemical in the Brain

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Happiness Is a Chemical in the Brain

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By Lucia Perillo

Happiness Is a Chemical in the Brain
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  • Hardcover: May 2012,
    224 pages.
    Paperback: May 2013,
    224 pages.

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Gifford Pinchot National Forest

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is featured in a few of the stories in Happiness Is a Chemical in the Brain. Several characters maintain trails and clear brush, and these serve as interesting metaphors for dealing with life's hurdles. But of course, a national park is more than just a metaphor.

Mount St HelensNamed for the first Chief Forester of the U.S. Forest Service, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is located in the Cascade mountain range in Southwestern Washington State. It has gone through several name changes, but was first set aside in 1897 and is therefore one of the oldest national forests in the United States. It currently encompasses 1.3 million acres ­ which now includes the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. In the USA, a National Monument is a protected area similar to a National Park except that the President of the United States can declare an area to be a National Monument without the approval of Congress.

Ape CaveBesides being a place of recreation,...

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