The Bridger-Teton National Forest to Celebrate Smokey Bear’s 80th Birthday

Forest is Hosting Historical Paintings by Rudolph Wendelin

Pinedale, WY, March 15, 2024 – In celebration of Smokey Bear’s 80th Birthday, the Bridger-Teton National Forest will kick start the year by hosting 19 historical paintings by Rudy Wendelin. These paintings will be on display at the Sublette County Library in Pinedale, WY from April 8 through April 19, 2024. The Pinedale Ranger District will be hosting an opening night reception on Tuesday, April 9, from 5 to 7 pm. Staff and friends of Smokey Bear will be on hand and light refreshments will be served.

A ’Read with Smokey’ event will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 from 5 to 7 pm. Smokey Bear himself will be in attendance and fans young and old are encouraged to read selections from some of his favorite story books. Hot cocoa and s’mores will be provided.

The Bridger-Teton National Forest is one of just 14 locations across the Nation, including National Forests and Grasslands, to host the painting collection during the 2024 birthday celebration event. The artwork is on loan to the Forest from the Special Collections section of the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Library

 in Washington, DC. These paintings were completed from 1977 through 1995 and remain the most famous depictions of Smokey Bear. Painter Rudolph ‘Rudy’ Wendelin worked for the U.S. Forest Service as an illustrator

 beginning in 1933 and retired in 1973. Thanks to Wendelin’s art, Smokey’s message “Only YOU can prevent wildfires” has prevailed for decades.

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Bridger-Teton NF to Host Historical Smokey Bear Paintings

Afton, Wy—The Greys River Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest plans to implement up to a 2,000-acre burn in the Star Valley Front Vegetation Project located on the forest between Afton and Grover, WY.

The Star Valley Front Vegetation Project is a 31,477-acre project area that extends from Strawberry Creek south to Cottonwood Creek, from the forest boundary to the top of the Salt River Range. The main purpose for treating vegetation in the project area is to begin restoring a balance of age classes in mountain shrub land, mountain big sagebrush, aspen and conifer communities. The area is generally dominated by older trees. Another important purpose is to improve the vigor of vegetation on mule deer and elk winter and transition range, which is particularly relevant given the great interest in deer and elk populations in the Star Valley area. The Star Valley Project is comprised of nine units that will be implemented as seasonality allows.

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Star Valley Front Vegetation Project Planned

The Wildland Firefighter Foundation - Teton Chapter invites you to the 10th Annual Headwaters Golf Scramble to be held on Saturday, June 1, 2024 at the beautiful Cedar Creek Golf Course in Star Valley, Wyoming.  We expect the tournament to fill up early this year so don't delay submitting your team entry form.  Entry form is a PDF fillable form that can be filled out electronically and sent via email or print form and include check to the address identified on the form.  Call Spencer for credit card payment.  

Dinner and beverages will be provided at the end of the tournament with team, raffle, and auction prizes up for grabs.  Keep in mind you don't need to be a golfer to come and have some fun supporting the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.  Friends and family are welcome to participate or volunteer to provide assistance to the event.  Please feel free to contact us at our email address or contact numbers provided.  

If you are planning to stay at Star Valley Ranch RV Park for our event don’t delay making your reservation as it fills up quickly during the first part of June (307-883-2670).  Tell them you’re staying for the golf scramble event benefiting the Wildland Firefighter Foundation and you may receive ~20% off on your stay.

Through all of participant support last year we generated $41,500 and after 9 years you have contributed to $218,000 total benefiting the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.  With that being said, thank you.  We are very grateful for your support and look forward to seeing you on June 1st!

We have also provided our sponsorship opportunity form if you or someone you knows would be interested in supporting our event.


10th Annual Headwaters Golf Tournament

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