Smokey Bear Day


WHEREAS, Smokey Bear and his famous warning, "Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires," was introduced to Americans in 1944; and

WHEREAS, through a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters, and the Ad Council, Smokey Bear has educated generations of Americans about their role in preventing human-caused wildfires; and

WHEREAS, the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign is the longest running public service advertising campaign in U.S. history, and has significantly reduced the number of acres lost annually; and

WHEREAS, despite the campaign's success over the years, wildfire prevention education remains as critical as ever; and

WHEREAS, on August 9, 2014, Smokey Bear celebrates his 70th birthday of spreading the message of preventing human-caused wildfires; and

WHEREAS, in celebration of the Virginia Department of Forestry’s 100th anniversary and Smokey’s birthday, The Chrysler Museum of Art will be hosting an exhibition of Smokey Bear paintings by Virginian Rudy Wendelin; and

WHEREAS, Smokey Bear Day is an opportunity to recognize the importance of preventing forest fires and the critical role that fire prevention plays in the safety of Virginians;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize August 9, 2014, as SMOKEY BEAR DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.