The SMOKEY BEAR ASSOCIATION:
How does the Association uphold its’ mission “to preserve his past, promote his present, and protect his future?
Preserve his past:
Association members are also Smokey Bear collectors. They collect not for value but to preserve as many items produced by the US Forest Service as well as commercially for future generations to view. Some collect any type of item while others focus on specific items such as poster, bookmarks, recordings, USFS promotional giveaways, toys, etc. Specific item collectors become valuable research sources as they catagorize and record the items.
Promote his present:
This is attained by the exposure members give Smokey through their collection displays at public events (fairs, forestry events), the assemblies and the distribution of materials at schools, and the SBA bi-annual conventions.
Protect his future:
Smokey Bear is a copyrighted figure with strict guidelines for use. All use of Smokey in any form must first have the approval of the Forest Service.Any unauthorized use is a criminal offense. SBA member vigilantly watch for abuse of his image or name and report it to the Forest Service.
For those who have questions, enjoy viewing or learning about Smokey Bear related items, you will find this website feature pages such as Smokey Bear Appraisals, Buy, Swap and Sell, Smokey Bear Photo Album, Club News, Upcoming Events, and Links to related web sites.
Make sure to check out both the ‘Where in the World is Smokey Bear‘ photo page (featuring photos of Smokey Bear’s travels) and the Collectors Corner page (featuring Smokey collectors and photos of their collections).