By Michelle Werts
This week in history, five of our states officially joined the United States:
- Georgia (1/2/1788)
- Connecticut (1/9/1788)
- Utah (1/4/1896)
- New Mexico (1/6/1912)
- Alaska (1/3/1959).
In celebration, I wanted to share some of the forested beauty that you can experience in each.
Our fourth state contains two national forests: Oconee and Chattahoochee National Forests, which includes the popular Anna Ruby Falls.
Our 45th state boasts five national forests — Ashley, Dixie, Fishlake, Manti-La Sal and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forests — in addition to its five national parks, which contrast the stark beauty of the state’s rock formations and desert climate with lush flora.
Our 47th state finds itself with five national forests — Carson, Cibola, Gila, Lincoln and Santa Fe National Forests — and three national grasslands, representing the state’s diverse landscape.
Our 49th state may only have two national forests in quantity — Chugach and Tongass National Forests — but when it comes to sheer land mass, they’re huge: Tongass National Forest is the largest national forest in the U.S. at 17 million acres.
What are your favorite forestlands in each of these states?