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Wildfire Prevention

Did you know…nine out of 10 wildfires are caused by people?

The face of Smokey Bear and his famous warning, "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires," was introduced to Americans in 1944. First discovered when rescued as a black bear cub, Smokey Bear celebrates his 70th birthday of spreading the message of human-caused wildfire prevention on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

State foresters know that fire prevention and conservation education are of critical importance to the protection of America's forests. Through the Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention Committee, NASF works with the USDA Forest Service and the Ad Council to support the message of Smokey Bear, the national symbol for fire prevention.

NASF incorporates fire prevention messages through the work of our standing Forest Fire Protection Committee and through our outreach and policy efforts. NASF sells fire prevention materials through the educational materials program. View our Smokey Bear online catalog to browse available educational items.

Less than a decade after Smokey Bear’s introduction, the government gave recognition to him and his cause. The Smokey Bear Act, (16 U.S.C. 580 (p-2); 18 U.S.C. 711), passed by Congress in 1952, has governed the Smokey Bear campaign for more than half a century.

The Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign is the longest running public service advertising campaign in U.S. History. Serving as the frontier for wildfire prevention, Smokey Bear has been featured in thousands of airings and publications. For information about Smokey Bear licensing, please contact The Metis Group.                                       

In the world of wildfire prevention there is no greater honor than to receive the national Smokey Bear Award. This special award is reserved for people or organizations that provide sustained, outstanding service—with significant program impact—in the wildfire prevention arena.

Honorees must exceed the expectations of their jobs and demonstrate innovation, creativity, commitment, and passion for fire prevention.

  • The Gold award is the highest honor given for wildfire prevention service that is national in scope over a minimum two-year period. A maximum of three awards may be given in any year.
  • The Silver award is the highest honor given for wildfire prevention service that is regional in scope over a minimum two-year period. A maximum of five awards may be given in any year.
  • The Bronze award is the highest honor given for service having impact within a state over a minimum two-year period. A maximum of ten awards may be given in any year.

This awards program is sponsored by NASF, the USDA Forest Service, and the Advertising Council. Learn more about the Smokey Bear Awards at smokeybear.com/awards.

You can follow Smokey on Twitter at twitter.com/smokey_bear and “Like” him on Facebook at facebook.com/smokeybear.

Smokey Bear contact information:

Amanda Cooke
Communications Director
National Association of State Foresters
acooke@stateforesters.org

Ricki Kaplan
Campaign Director
The Ad Council
rkaplan@adcouncil.org               

Fred Hernadez
Acting National Fire Prevention Coordinator
USDA Forest Service
fhernandez@fs.fed.us

 

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