Smokey Bear (or, some of us know him as Smokey The Bear) celebrates his 75th this year. World wide attention has been paid to fires burning in California and other western states. Here in Schuylkill County incendiary–aka arson– fires can happen all too often unfortunately. Thank goodness for our woodland firefighters who care for our lands!
Since 1944, Smokey Bear has taught millions of Americans just like you about their role in preventing wildfires. Seventy-five years later, in 2019, Smokey is celebrating a milestone birthday.
For more information: www.smokeybear75th.org
Pennsylvania means “Penn’s Woods” and is world renowned for its hardwood forest. NE PA’s landscape is mostly forested giving scenery, recreational opportunities and the benefits of wood products.
“Porcupine Pat” McKinney is environmental education coordinator for the Schuylkill Conservation District and provides programming for people of all ages with an emphasis on schools, public programming and nature center development. “Porcupine Pat” hails from Marion, Ohio and has a BS with Distinction in Natural Resources – Environmental Interpretation from Ohio State. He is a recipient of the prestigious Sandy Cochran Award for Excellence in Natural Resources Education from the PA Forestry Association, the Schuylkill Pride Award, and the PAEE “Outstanding Environmental Educator Award.”