WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 6-13 is National Fire Prevention Week: and a fitting time to think about nominees for the 2020 National Smokey Bear Awards. These awards were developed to recognize individuals and organizations for outstanding service in the prevention of human-caused wildfires and to bring awareness to the continuing need for wildland fire prevention efforts.
Sponsored by the national Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention Program committee – made up of the USDA Forest Service, the national Association of State Foresters and the Ad Council – the Smokey Bear Awards are the highest national honor one can receive for outstanding work and significant program impact in wildfire prevention. Nominations are being accepted until December 15, 2019 for the 2020 National Smokey Bear awards.
There are many people throughout the Forest Service who have made significant efforts and contributions to the prevention of human caused fires. This is a great opportunity to recognize them for their dedication and accomplishments. Eligibility for the awards includes individuals or organizations that make outstanding contributions in wildfire prevention efforts including, but not limited to educational activities, forest management, law enforcement, journalism, media coverage, advertising campaigns, engineering activities and informational programs. Having wildfire prevention duties as a part of one’s official job does not make a person ineligible.
Nominations for all National Smokey Bear awards can be made by anyone having knowledge of the outstanding wildfire prevention efforts of the nominee. Nomination packages are submitted to the appropriate regional forester, station director, area director, state forester, or regional/area fire prevention coordinator for review. In addition to the official forms, the nomination package may include supplemental materials such as newspaper and magazine articles, materials created for a campaign, photos or other relevant materials.