Despite the troubled economy in the early 1980s, tens of thousands of visitors flocked to the area surrounding Mount St. Helens to marvels at the effects of the eruption. On August 27, 1982, President Reagan signed into law a measure setting aside 110,000 acres around the volcano as the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, the nation's first such monument managed by the USFS. At dedication ceremonies on May 18, 1983, Max Peterson, head of the USFS, said, ''We can take pride in having preserved the unique episode of natural history for future generations.'' Since then, many trails, viewpoints, information stations, campgrounds, and picnic areas have been established to accommodate the increasing number of visitations each year. This pin measures approximately 1.25 inches wide and .75 inches tall.
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