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Information Center

Yates Federal Building, location of the USDA Forest Service, Washingtion, D.C.  Large red brick building by the USDA building

The Information Center will close April 26, 2013, for building renovation.

We look forward to seeing you when the Yates Federal Building reopens.

The historical Yates Federal Building, built in 1878 for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, houses the USDA Forest Service Headquarters. The "big red brick building" is across from the National Mall on the corner of 14th Street and Independence Avenue. The largest nearby landmark is the Washington Monument.






Picture of Smokey Bear reading his fan mail; children are viewing Smokey in the Information Center, located on the bottom floor of the Yates building.

Smokey's Office

Rudy Wendelin's famous painting, Smokey's Fan Mail, inspired Smokey's office setting. The animatronic bear's eyes move back and forth as he reads his fan mail, and greets his visitors with a friendly reminder: "Only you..."

The Lodge in the Information Center.  The  Information Center has five open-captioned videos about the history of the Forest Service

The Lodge

Learn about the history of the Forest Service with our five open-captioned videos. Links to these video segments will be available soon. Modeled after a 1920s rustic lodge, and fashioned out of pine, the lodge features hand-painted rugs. Original Forest Service artifacts from the first half of the century are tucked away in glass-enclosed cabinets.

This picture shows the diplay area across from Smokey's office.

Rotating Displays

The Information Center rotates displays covering topics that deal with current Forest Service issues. Featured displays have covered a wide range of topics including wildfires, pollinators, wildflowers and Forest Service history. These displays are located across from Smokey’s Office as you enter the Center.

The Photo Wall in the Information Center is a collection of photos that display the beauty of the National Forests and Grasslands.

Photo Wall

Almost 40 illuminated photos spotlight three themes of multiple-use: Resources, wilderness, and recreation. This full-color collection reveals the beauty of the National Forests and Grasslands to the public. The Forest Service celebrated its centennial in 2005.  There are many eye-catching photos in the Information Center that remind us of the many opportunities within National Forests and Grasslands..

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Last modified April 24, 2013

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