"Cascadia: Defined as the watersheds of rivers that flow into the Pacific Ocean through North America's temperate rainforest zone, Cascadia, or the Pacific Northwest, extends from northern California to southern Alaska- along a coastline once cloaked in nearly continuous rainforest- and inland as far as the Continental Divide."
"Map drawn by Cythia Thomas on the basis of forest data in Conservation International, Ecotrust and Pacific GIS, "Coastal Temperate Rain Forests of North America," Portland 1995. See also "Cascadia," Cascadia Institute, Seattle, 1988."
The term Cascadia was given by geologists to the geographical region described above which is centered, for the most part around the Cascade Mountain range, it is also a name with Greek roots meaning cascade or waterfall. The term has grown to refer not only to the unique topography and geography of the Pacific Northwest bioregion but also to it's diverse inhabitants and culture. The term Cascadia is used to describe many different things about the region including, among others, a style of beer called Cascadia Dark Ale or CDA, an NASL and MLS soccer cup called the Cascadia Cup, a political party called the Cascadian National Party and even an independence movement for a Republic of Cascadia. The diversity of our region is like anywhere in the world, residents of Cascadia are beer or soccer fans and not everyone has liberal or secessionist points of view. Cascadians are an amazing medley of people unified in our love and respect of our what garnered our region it's name, the vibrant water ways, lush forests, distinct deserts and multiple mountain ranges, that make Cascadia perfect. Pride in home goes beyond a neighborhood, a city or a state. Deep love of a land and it's people has no boarders. This is Cascadia.