The flag was designed in 1994 by Portland native and professor Alexander Baretich. The blue of the flag represents the sky, Pacific Ocean, Salish Sea and inland waters, the white represents snow and clouds and the green represents the evergreen forests and fields. The tree is a Douglas-fir, which symbolizes endurance, defiance and resilience. Collectively the symbols of colors are meant to represent the region and movement for independence.
References in popular culture
- The "Doug" Cascadian flag is a commonly adopted flag of the Cascadian movement.
- The Cascadian flag is ubiquitous at soccer matches in Seattle, Vancouver B.C. and Portland. As of 2010 the "Doug" has been adopted by the Portland Timbers' Timbers Army, sometimes of giant size.
- In 2010, Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland introduced Secession Black IPA with the Doug flag as part of its label. Hopworks continues to sell the black IPA as Secession Cascadian Dark Ale.
- "Cascadia: the Elusive Utopia", Douglas Todd, captions within color photo section
- "Cascadia". Crwflags.com. Retrieved 2011-10-21.
- "Kings of Cascadia | Pitch Invasion - A Blog Exploring Soccer Around The World". Pitch Invasion. Retrieved 2011-10-21.
- "Hopworks Secession Black IPA arrives", article at beernews.org
- "HopWorks–Secession Cascadian Dark Ale NEW Packaging", MyBeerBuzz.com December 22, 2010.
Cascadian Independence Project, "Our Flag".