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The legends of a man and a bear

Smokey Bear and Gifford Pinchot
August is a uniquely special month for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service. This is because two very important birthdays are celebrated. The first, on Aug. 9, is Smokey Bear’s birthday and the second, only two days later, August 11, is Gifford Pinchot’s birthday. They would be 79 and 159, respectively, this year. Although Smokey needs no introduction either inside or outside the…
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When Bears Fly

A picture of an extremely large inflated Smokey Bear balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
This bear can fly. The new Smokey Bear balloon debuted in last year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (USDA Forest Service photo) Smokey Bear will make an appearance again in the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. The star of the longest-running public service advertising campaign in U.S. history will remind those tuning-in about his important…
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How a tribal fire crew rescued the real Smokey Bear

A picture of Adolph Samora.
Adolph Samora, one of the original members of the Taos Pueblo Snowball crew responsible for the rescue of Smokey Bear. Photo/Smokey Bear LIVE This year, we celebrated Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday as a national fire prevention icon. Many know Smokey’s message: “Only YOU can prevent wildfires,” but fewer people may know that Smokey was a real American…
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Five diamonds for Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday with more fun to come

USDA employees gather on the USDA Whitten patio to celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday in Washington, DC, along with members of the National Garden Club.
USDA employees celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday in Washington, DC, along with members of the National Garden Club. The Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl poster contest winner, Penny Atkinson, was presented with an award during the event. (USDA Forest Service photo) If birthday parties were rated, the events surrounding Smokey Bear’s big day would easily…
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National sing-along for Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday

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Smokey Bear turns 75 this August 9th. (USDA Forest Service graphic) The USDA Forest Service is inviting folks to wish Smokey Bear a very pleasant 75th birthday by singing the traditional “Happy Birthday” song and posting it on the internet with the hashtag #SingForSmokey.  Holding just one birthday party for the hardest working bear in America seemed…
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The once ‘living’ Smokey Bear is remembered at the National Zoo

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Smokey Bear stands next to his statue outside the new Smokey Bear exhibit at Smithsonian’s National Zoo. The Smokey Bear Zone celebrates 75 years of preventing wildfires. The exhibit highlights include an iconic Smokey statue, vintage posters and photographs of the real Smokey Bear. (USDA Forest Service photo by Tanya Flores.) In honor of Smokey Bear’…
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