Historic Smokey Bear Portraits on Exhibit at Mt. Baker Ranger District

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Media Contact: Colton Whitworth (425) 783-6050


Forest Service

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

2930 Wetmore Ave., Suite 3A,

Everett, WA 98201 (425) 783-6000



Historic Smokey Bear Portraits on Exhibit at Mt. Baker Ranger District

In celebration of Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday.


Sedro Woolley, Wa., June 3, 2019 – In 2019 Smokey Bear celebrates 75 years at the forefront of the Forest Service’s wildfire prevention campaign. To commemorate Forest Service wildfire prevention efforts, replicas of historic portraits by artist Rudolph Wendelin will display at National Forests across the country.

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is honored to host the exhibit at Mt. Baker Ranger District on State Route 20 in Sedro Woolley, Washington. The Smokey Portraits will be on display daily from 8 am to 4 pm in the visitor lobby June 3 through June 16, 2019.

Mr. Wendelin created hundreds of Smokey representations that highlighted national resource conservation and wildfire prevention. It is Wendelin’s more humanized representation of Smokey Bear that is commonly known today. Under his direction Smokey assumed his ranger hat, jeans and shovel. The touring exhibit includes pieces of artwork from the National Agricultural Library.

The National Agriculture Library’s Special Collections houses rare books, manuscripts, nursery and seed catalogs, photographs and posters from the 1500s to the present. The Smokey Bear Collection at the National Agricultural Library consists of extensive material including posters, proofs, original artwork, motion pictures, sound recordings and memorabilia. Within this collection are nineteen original Rudolph Wendelin paintings and two hand-painted replicas.


To learn more about the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest visit us at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/mbs/

For additional information on the Smokey Bear Portraits Exhibit, contact the Mt. Baker Ranger District at (360) 856-5700.


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