Volcano observatory to screen Mount St. Helens documentary

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The Johnston Ridge Observatory near Mount St. Helens will show the premiere of two new documentary films about the environment and life around the mountain since its 1980 eruption.

The Aug. 18 premiere begins with “Mount St. Helens: A Living Laboratory,” a six-minute introductory film about scientific discovery in the ever-changing environment around Mount St. Helens.

A second film, the 17-minute “Mount St. Helens: Eruption of Life,” will detail how plant and animal life has returned to the volcanic blast zone.

Both films are slated for their first public viewing at the premiere, according to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The showings begin at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 18.

The Johnston Ridge Observatory is at the end of state Highway 504, more than an hour’s drive east of Castle Rock.