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Happy International Day of Forests

NEW YORK – March 21 is the United Nations International Day of Forests. This year’s theme, “Forests and Education,” highlights teaching stewardship for the future of the world’s forests. The Forest Service’s International Programs office and partners commemorated the day at UN ceremonies, through publications, and community events.

To celebrate the day, 18 representatives from the USDA Forest Service partner Lower Eastside and the Los Angeles Girls Clubs attended the International Day of Forests ceremony at the UN’s headquarters in New York. The youth created a video for the occasion and met with UN delegates. Erika Svendsen, from the Forest Service’s Northern Research Station, presented on the expert panel highlighting Forest Service and partners’ outreach and stewardship in New York City.

Other highlights from Day of Forests celebrations include the following:

  • The International Programs office released a special with articles from individuals from around the world who have participated in past international seminars hosted by the Forest Service.
  • In collaboration with the Peruvian Government, USAID and the U.S. Forest Service will celebrate the by holding a large cultural event on March 24 in Villa El Salvador, Lima. Latin Grammy nominee Lucho Quequezana will perform.
  • In honor of Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday as well as the International Day of Forests, the USDA celebrated Smokey Bear’s historic educational awareness campaign and his global influence in this article.
  • Project Learning Tree, an initiative of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, seized the Day’s momentum with Three Cheers for Trees and its eight steps to guide teachers and students on the importance of trees and forests.

Thank you to all the Forest Service employees who organized and participated in this year’s celebration of the importance of the world’s forests! If you organized events related to International Day of Forests, please email to let the International Programs office know how you commemorated the day.