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October 22, 2014
 

LBL celebrates Smokey Bear’s 70th birthday with replica memoribilia

GOLDEN POND, KY – Celebrating Smokey’s 70th birthday in 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture Forest SmokeyBearTreeGiveService produced two complete sets of Smokey Bear historical prints for distribution to Forest Service offices throughout the Nation. Visitors to Land Between The Lakes Golden Pond Visitor Center in Western Kentucky will be able to see two replicas of Smokey Bear paintings by the artist who softened and humanized Smokey’s features, making the character more appealing to children. The replicas are available in the Visitor Center Gift Shop. 

Smokey Bear, the U.S. Forest Service’s popular icon of wildfire prevention, was created during World War II to publicize the need to protect a critical natural resource—wood. To combat the incidence of human-caused forest fires, the U.S. Forest Service established the Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention (CFFP) program in 1942. The CFFP adopted Smokey as its official symbol two years later. Smokey Bear’s famous slogan, “Only you can prevent forest fires,” was added in 1947 by the Wartime Advertising Council, known today as the Ad Council.

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area manages more than 170,000 acres in western Kentucky and Tennessee as part of the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture’s public lands program. Land Between The Lakes offers outdoor recreation, lake access, land management, and environmental education to over 1.4 million visitors annually. The Friends of Land Between The Lakes works in partnership with the Forest Service providing program services, funds development, and volunteer support.

To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call toll-free at 1-800-LBL-7077 or local at 270-924-2000. For more information on the Friends of Land Between The Lakes, log on to www.friendsoflbl.org. To subscribe to the official electronic newsletter, send an email to LBLinfo@fs.fed.us. Land Between The Lakes official Twitter accounts include @LBLScreechOwl, @LBLNature, @LBLHomeplace, and @LandBtwnLakes.

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