Yesterday’s Smokey Bear birthday party at the Forest Heritage Center at Caledonia State Park was a great success. Over 115 people came to wish Smokey a Happy Birthday and learn a little about wildfire safety and the story of forest conservation in Pennsylvania. Given that it was a perfect sunny Sunday afternoon, there were many visitors at the park, including families with children.
Many thanks to our sponsors: Walmart for the cake and sub, and McDonald’s for the drinks.
Thanks to our volunteers: Bob Rudy (sponsors and Smokey), Joe Dague (volunteer and firepump demonstrator), and Peter Linehan (volunteer).
Thanks to Caledonia State Park Director Phil Schmidt and Ranger Brandon Black for your help. And finally thanks to Phil Bietsch from Bureau of Forestry District 1 for helping us get the Smokey suit.