WASHINGTON, DC —
WASHINGTON, DC —On Saturday, June 9, nearly 1,000 USDA employees and their families attended the second USDA Family Day with Secretary Sonny Perdue. The event was held once again at the USDA Agriculture Research Service George Washington Carver Center in Beltsville, Maryland.
The Forest Service was well-represented at the event with several agency tents. Conservation Education staff members, joined by Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl, hosted a hands-on activity booth for kids and families featuring educational information about wildfire safety, science and conservation. Acting Associate Chief Lenise Lago; Deputy Chief Carlos Rodriguez-Franco, Research and Development; Deputy Chief Leslie Weldon, National Forest System; Acting Deputy Chief Patti Hirami, State and Private Forestry; Acting Associate Deputy Chief Tina Terrell, Business Operations; and directors Chris French and Greg Smith, Ecosystem Management and Lands, served food including chicken, salads, samosas, desserts, iced tea and water. Secretary Perdue even stopped by the Forest Service tents to take photos and thank employees for attending.
Beyond learning about different agencies and socializing with each other, picnickers played cornhole, badminton and volleyball, and kids jumped in a moon bounce. A DJ also provided background music, including the picnic’s theme song, “We Are Family,” by Sister Sledge.
The picnic lived up to the USDA motto, “Do right and feed everyone.” Forest Service co-chairs Deidra McGee, National Forest System; Rick Cooksey, State and Private Forestry; and Tracy Hancock, Research and Development, made sure to thank the 25 Forest Service volunteers who helped make the event a success.