Hawaii has been recognized by the U.S. Postal Service with a new stamp featuring a rainforest.
Nobel Peace Prize honoree Mother Teresa, legendary actress Katharine Hepburn, Negro Leagues Baseball and Cowboys of the Silver Screen are among other subjects headlining the 2010 stamp program, according to the U.S. Postal Service.
Featuring a Hawaiian rainforest, the 2010 Nature of America issuance is the 12th stamp pane in an educational series focusing on the beauty and complexity of major plant and animal communities in the United States. The stamp goes on sale in August.
Located in the north-central Pacific Ocean, the Hawaiian Islands are more than 2,000 miles from any continental landmass, a fact that has allowed many unique species to develop and thrive. According to some estimates, more than 90 percent of Hawaii’s 20,000 native terrestrial species are found nowhere else on Earth.
Artist John D. Dawson painted the scene and each of the previous ones in the Nature of America series.
Previous issuances in the Nature of America series were Sonoran Desert (1999), Pacific Coast Rain Forest (2000), Great Plains Prairie (2001), Longleaf Pine Forest (2002), Arctic Tundra (2003), Pacific Coral Reef (2004), Northeast Deciduous Forest (2005), Southern Florida Wetland (2006), Alpine Tundra (2007), Great Lakes Dunes (2008), and Kelp Forest (2009).
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