You probably know Smokey Bear. He is the delightful mascot of the U.S. Forest Service, created in 1944 to remind us to be careful with our precious wildland resources. But even after all these years, wildfire are still a major concern. In fact, according to SmokeyBear.com, in 2015, 58,916 human-caused wildfires burned over 2 million acres. But what this fact doesn’t share is the hardship caused by these careless beings on their fellow humans. The loss of life, homes, livelihoods and more and untold damage to the wildlife.
Funding Wildfire Prevention Education – Filson & the U.S. Forest Service Team Up
Filson, a Seattle company renowned for their durable, quality products made here in the USA, has been supporting the U.S. Forest Service for more than 75 years. This year in celebration of Smokey’s 72nd birthday, they’ve created the Smokey Bear collection. To celebrate the new collection of goods bearing his resemblance, Smokey Bear recently visited the Seattle Filson flagship store to share wildfire prevention, safe practices for outdoor fires, and more.
The Filson Smokey Bear Collection
A portion of the sale of these products will benefit wildfire prevention education. The collection runs from $25 to $1,000 and will make great gifts for your favorite outdoor lover! With a state park ranger and a fire department captain in the family, both also trained wildland firefighters, you can be sure I’ll be picking up a few of these as gifts for them. It’s a great cause and beautiful products from a company that’s known for their quality goods and social consciousness.
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