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  • The very first Smokey Bear poster to appear in 1944.After 70 years, Smokey Bear still plays vital role in fire preventionWhen the typical American thinks of wildfire prevention, the first image that comes to mind is surely that of the iconic Smokey Bear. Since the days of Smokey's first words in 1944 - "Smokey says - care will prevent nine out of 10 forest fires." - his likeness and slogans have been invaluable to federal, state and local agencies responsible for wildfire prevention and management.
  • Fallen tree limb from a storm near an RV on campsiteMichigan state parks focus on visitor safety by becoming 'StormReady'In Michigan, 17 state parks are certified by the National Weather Service as "StormReady," meaning they have a system in place to monitor the weather, receive weather alerts, and alert employees and visitors. These parks have the latest technology and communication tools - such as weather radios, emergency sirens and PA systems - to keep visitors informed and safe during severe weather events like wind storms.
  • Holt High School science teacher Heather Peterson with a lake trout she netted on Higgins Lake.DNR's Academy of Natural Resources gives teachers valuable "been there, done that" experienceThe DNR's Academy of Natural Resources, now in its seventh year, enrolls teachers into a week-long crash course on natural resources. The idea is to provide the teachers with a broad overview of natural resources that they can use in their classrooms. Teachers say it's a strategy that works - what they learn at the academy translates into improved learning about the environment and natural resources for their students.
  • Upper Black River Council member helps place structure in the river to improve trout habitat.Partnerships key to success of upper Black River brook trout fisheryThe northeastern Lower Peninsula's upper Black River, long recognized as one of Michigan's best brook trout streams, has become a destination point for anglers chasing wild brookies. But that doesn't mean it can't be even better. And a unique group of partners - known as the Upper Black River Council - has been doing its best to make it so.

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  • Showcasing the Department of Natural ResourcesThe DNR understands the importance of preserving and enhancing our strong outdoor heritage, and we are committed to making out door education a priority. Programs that interest women, youth and men may be found in the following articles. All are designed to help you learn more about Michigan's natural resources, in order to gain a greater appreciation of the great outdoors and have more fun in the process! Showcasing archive
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