Wildfire prevention for both children and adults is an important and effective program in New Hampshire to help aid in mitigating the danger and potential destruction caused by wildfires. As Smokey Bear has taught us for over 70 years, 9 out of 10 wildfires are caused by humans. Since this sobering statistic remains true today, each of us has to be personally responsible as Smokey says "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires" requiring us all to do our part in reducing the incidence of wildfire in NH. This involves the use of many tools including fire permits, public service announcements, wildfire education programs in our schools and even using equipment and prescribed fire for managing volatile forest fuels in some regions of the state. The National Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention Program (CFFP) was established in 1942 by the U.S. Forest Service in conjunction with the Wartime Advertising Council. In 1944, the program first utilized the image of a bear to provide the fire prevention message and for over 70 years, Smokey Bear has been the face of wildfire prevention in the United States. Smokey's message continues to be disseminated by the Ad Council on both radio and television and his image is protected by federal law.
The Smokey Bear Balloon at the
Hillsboro Balloon Festival celebrating
Smokey Bear's 70th birthday.
Smokey throws the first pitch at a NH Fisher Cats game
To Request a Smokey Bear Appearance or a wildfire Prevention Program please contact your district Forest Ranger or complete the Request for Smokey Appearance form and email it to email@example.com.
Educational Materials for Teachers and Students
You can visit the SmokeyBear.com website to download wildfire prevention matetrial to use in your class rooms.
For licence Smokey Material you can vistit the National Symbols Cache.
Discover the Forest- This PSA campaign aims to inpire getting re-connected with nature.
National Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl poster contest
The New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs coordinates participation in the National Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl poster contest with a partnership with the NH Forest Protection Bureau. This is a national program administered by the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Club Inc. or your local garden club for details on how to get involved!