NEW MEXICO – On July 14th, Southwestern Regional Office employees participated in the 2018 Pueblo of Isleta Environmental Fair in New Mexico. Forest Service employees hosted a booth at the event along with nearly 50 other agencies and organizations that provided fun hands-on activities for families to enjoy. Forest Service employees used this opportunity to connect with potential forest visitors, engage youth and promote Woodsy Owl’s motto.
This year employees chose to talk about the importance of decomposers. Booth visitors learned about the many different naturally occurring decomposers, from the nearly microscopic mold found on our foods to beetles who can cause entire forests to collapse. On display at the booth were examples of these various decomposers which included tree cookie samples, moldy food and even some live carrion beetles at work. Employees also provided information on ways you can reduce waste at home and work by creating your own compost. Booth visitors learned about the benefits of composting and many children enjoyed digging through buckets of compost in search of earthworms. Woodsy Owl made an appearance at the fair to provide photo opportunities and spread the word about “Lend a Hand-Care for the Land.” Visitors left with a recipe card on how to get started on creating their own compost and a greater appreciation for the decomposers of the world.
Forest Service employees also promoted the “Every Kid in a Park” program by providing passes to 4th graders and additional information about the program. The event was a great opportunity for Forest Service employees to engage with families in learning more about natural resources and the principles of shared stewardship.