Historic Wendelin Portraits on display in Meeker to celebrate Smokey's 75th birthday

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Historic Wendelin Portraits on display in Meeker to celebrate Smokey's 75th birthday

MEEKER, Colo. -This August, Smokey will celebrate 75 years at the forefront of the Forest Service’s wildfire prevention campaign. To commemorate Smokey’s contributions to the U.S. Forest Service and wildfire prevention, replicas of historic portraits by artist Rudolph Wendelin will travel to National Forests across the country throughout 2019.

Mr. Wendelin created hundreds of Smokey representations that highlighted natural resource conservation and wildfire prevention. Under his direction, Smokey assumed the softer human features, ranger’s hat, jeans and shovel for which he is best known.

The touring exhibit consists of 19 replicas provided by the National Agricultural Library. The White River National Forest is honored to host the first stop of the tour on the Blanco Ranger District in Meeker, Colorado, February 7-12.

Please contact the Blanco Ranger District at (970) 878-4039 to learn more about the exhibit.

 

 

 

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