Howdy! Thanks for your interest in Cascadia Branding Co. There are many different ways to define “Cascadia” and the term means different things to different people.
The Geographic and Cultural Region of Cascadia
Primarily, “Cascadia” is a geographic region, more commonly known as the Pacific Northwest. Every person is unique, but the people who have lived their whole lives in this area are perhaps more likely to share certain philosophical and lifestyle preferences with each other than with the rest of the world as a whole. In part, that’s due to the natural environment itself. The geographic region of Cascadia is noted for its majestic mountains, remarkable rivers, tall trees, and sandy shorelines. That’s why we love it here! (Some people say it rains a lot, but we don’t mind.)
The dominant geographical feature of the Cascadia region is the Cascade Mountain Range, which runs along a more or less northerly trajectory, all the way from northern California through Oregon and Washington and up into British Columbia, Canada. People who live in the region like to go hiking, camping, fishing, and skiing in the beautiful great outdoors surrounding these mountains; including Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Jefferson. The Cascade Mountains are beautiful, majestic, and occasionally demonstrate volcanic activity.
Cascadia Subduction Zone
The volcanic activity in the area, most memorably the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980, is due to the convergence of tectonic plates. The Cascadia Subduction Zone is a fault line where two massive pieces of the Earth’s crust collide with one another, and the Pacific Ocean’s dense rock is “subducted” under the tectonic plate that holds most of the North American landmass.
Cascadia as an Ideal
To some, “Cascadia” is a love of place so strong that Wikipedia describes it as an “independence movement.” This geo-cultural concept of Cascadia is reminiscent of the famously influential 1970’s novel, Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach. The sentiment behind Cascadia as an ideal is based on a love for the natural environment, and a respect for one another, often combined with a sentiment that much of the rest of the world is “doing it wrong.”
Cascadia is also a specific place name. There’s a “ghost town” outside Albany, Oregon that went by the name Cascadia, and is now the site of a State Park. There are also a number of streets named “Cascadia” throughout the greater Salem Metro Area.
Cascadia Branding Co.
This company was formed for the purpose of serving the people of Cascadia (the geographical region) in the spirit of the ideals of Cascadia (freedom, diversity, respect, and care for the environment). And to round it off, we’re headquartered in Oregon, just west of the Cascade Mountain Range, a couple hours north of the ghost town of Cascadia.
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