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Forest Service Headquarters

The historical Yates federal building or the “Big Red Brick Building,” was built in 1878 for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Since 1990 it has served as the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Headquarters. It is located across from the National Mall on the corner of 14th Street and Independence Avenue, next to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Created in 1944, the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign is the longest-running public service advertising campaign in U.S. history, educating generations of Americans about their role in preventing wildfires. 

Modeled after a 1920’s rustic lodge, and fashioned out of pine, the lodge features original Forest Service artifacts and hand-painted rugs. It also features an interactive Forest Service media map that allows you to locate a national forest near you.

In the mini-forest is a place to rest while taking in the sounds of the forest and videos sharing National Forest topics to include saving endangered species, recreation and more.

Smokey’s Office

Inside this Headquarters building is the Forest Service Information Center which features an animatronic Smokey Bear in his Office. This version of Smokey was inspired by Rudy Wendelin’s famous painting, “Smokey’s Fan Mail.” As patrons approach, Smokey comes alive and greets patrons with his signature line... “Only you can prevent forest fires!”

The Lodge

Modeled after a 1920’s rustic lodge, and fashioned out of pine, the lodge features original Forest Service artifacts and hand-painted rugs. It also features an interactive Forest Service media map that allows you to locate a national forest near you.

The Mini-Forest

In the mini-forest is a place to rest while taking in the sounds of the forest and videos sharing National Forest topics to include saving endangered species, recreation and more.

Hours of Operation

8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Closed weekends and Federal Holidays. 

Contact Us

202-205-1680

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