Woodsy Owl

    Woodsy! The Original Environmental Icon

Smokey Zone, is proud to be an official licensee of Woodsy Owl, the famous owl icon for the United States Forest Service.

Woodsy was originally most famous for the motto, "Give a hoot—don't pollute!"

His current motto is, "Lend a hand—care for the land!" 

One thing we have learned in our 20 plus years of keeping people aware of Fire Danger with Smokey Bear's message is that awareness is crucial. Awareness opens the door for education. 

When your community is reminded daily about caring for the environment with Woodsy' s message the opportunity to educate grows. Publicly dispalyed signs that includes messages like, "Ride Your Bike" or "Carpool To Work" will help educate and create the changes we need to reduce pollution and care for out land.

 Together we can create the change we all want and breath a little easier. 

Woodsy was designed to be seen as a mentor providing people with information and advice to help them appreciate nature and to remind everyone to take care of our environment. We have decided to introduce a series of "Air Quality Signs" to bring the awareness back. These signs will lead the charge as we create awareness and additional educational opportunities on how to reduce air pollution. Keep an eye out for the Woodsy Owl, "Air Quality Signs" in your city. Contact us at 541-388-1182 or order online if you think a sign in front of your school, hospital, public park, or business would be a good reminder to "Give a Hoot, don't Pollute." 

 Woodsy's slogan was officially introduced on September 15, 1971 by Secretary of Agriculture Clifford Hardin. The first Woodsy Owl public service spot was created by U.S. Forest Ranger Chuck Williams, who was the Forest Service's technical consultant for the LASSIE TV show which featured a Forest Service Ranger and his family. Williams, along with Bell and Glenn Kovar, also of the U.S. Forest Service, brainstormed the idea for the Woodsy motif name together in Los Angeles, California, in 1970. In 1974, the U.S. Congress passed the Woodsy Owl Act (Public Law 93-318) to protect the character making it a federal crime to reproduce his image or original slogan.

Harold Bell of Western Publishing and the producer of the Smokey Bear Public Service Announcements, along with Glen Kovar and Chuck Williams, originally created the mascot in 1970 as part of a United States Forest Service campaign to raise awareness of protecting the environment.