U.S. Forest Service

About two dozen hunters with physical disabilities will participate in the 7th annual Angelina Wheelin’ Sportsmen event this week.

The mascot for the U.S. Forest Service turns 69 years old today. Smokey Bear hasn’t retired. He’s still hard at work, educating people about the dangers of forest fires. The Kisatchie National Forest will celebrate by throwing Smokey a birthday party in Alexandria. Kisatchie’s public affairs specialist Amy Robertson says Smokey was created in 1944, during World War II, when there was a lack of manpower on the home front.

A U.S. Forest Service archeology team is canvassing a large portion of the Kistachie National Forest in search of pre-historic camp sites and larger habitations.