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Smokey Bear Tag Menlo Smokey

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019
California, United States
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For 75 years, Smokey Bear has protected America’s forests from unwanted, human-caused wildfires. Smokey – one of the most-loved issue ambassadors of our time – and his signature phrase, “Only you can prevent wildfires,” are truly iconic.

Though Smokey has been essential to the reduction of wildfires over the last 75 years, he still needs help. Even today, nearly 9 out of 10 wildfires nationwide are caused by people. In fact, his message is even more relevant today as people are living closer and closer to wildlands and more frequently choosing outdoor recreation activities. Smokey may be 75, but he’s still going strong and his message is more important now than ever before.

Only YOU can prevent wildfires, and here’s how! While at home or on camping trips, follow these important safety tips:

  1. Campfire Safety
  2. Equipment Use and Maintenance
  3. Backyard Debris Burning

This Smokey Bear trackable is provided by the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign, which is administered by the USDA Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters and the Ad Council. Created in 1944, it is the longest-running public service advertising campaign in U.S. history, educating generations of Americans about their role in preventing wildfires. Learn more at

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Current GOAL

Menlo Smokey would love to travel across AND beyond the United States to share his message that wildfires can be prevented. He would also love it if geocachers learn about fire-dependent plants or trees in the places he visits and note them in their logs.

About This Item

Menlo Smokey is pleased to share some information about Menlo Park, where he was "born."

The Knobcone Pine (Pinus attenuata) is a drought-tolerant tree native to the area. The Knobcone Pine belongs to an informal taxonomic category known as the "California closed-cone pines." In most species of pine, a set of cones matures annually, opening during hot weather and dropping their seeds in the fall. With closed-cone pines, however, many of the cones remain sealed with resin and attached to the branches.

Botanists call this closed-cone trait serotiny. Most scientists believe that serotinous cones evolved as an adaptation to dry climates with occasional forest fires. The heat from fires sweeping through the crowns of the trees causes the resin seal to melt. In as little as a day after the fire, the cones open, releasing a seed supply saved up from multiple years. Although the burned mature trees usually die, many new trees soon sprout from the seeds, recolonizing the area more quickly than other tree species.

The resin in Knobcone Pine cones requires extreme temperatures (almost 400° F/203° C) to liquefy, boil, and vaporize. The first seeds fall within 1 to 12 hours after the fire, when the ground has cooled. The small, light seeds are dispersed by wind. New trees begin seed production when they are 10-12 years old. Limited testing has shown that seed viability does not decline with age; seeds enclosed in cones for up to 60 years can produce new trees.

The Knobcone Pine's thin bark likely provides little protection from all but low-severity surface fire and saplings are killed by surface fire. Fire is not a threat to very young trees, however, since the preceding stand-replacing fire has removed most of the fuel load. The cones themselves are extremely fire resistant and are seldom consumed by fire. Fires also create conditions favorable for germination of new trees as they temporarily raise the soil pH and increase soil nutrient content. 

The safe way to allow Knobcone Pine forests to release their seeds is through prescribed fires, also known as prescribed burns or controlled burns. This is done by a team of fire experts under specified weather conditions that helps restore health to ecosystems that depend on fire. More information about safely managing prescribed fires is available at


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Tracking History (24579mi) View Map

Retrieve It from a Cache 12/07/2019 Peter_PL retrieved it from Europe's First Leinster, Ireland   Visit Log

I found and take on a further journey around Ireland and more :)

Dropped Off 12/01/2019 groensel placed it in Europe's First Leinster, Ireland - 523.12 miles  Visit Log

Goede reis

Retrieve It from a Cache 11/03/2019 groensel retrieved it from Geocache Namur, Belgium   Visit Log

Jij reist verder met ons mee...

Discovered It 10/27/2019 dfo336 discovered it Namur, Belgium   Visit Log

Dich habe ich auf meiner Webcam, Oldie und Highlight Tour von RLP über Hessen nach Thüringen und weiter über NRW wieder zurück nach RLP entdeckt.
Ich wünsche steht’s eine gute Reise an schöne Orte.
Thanks for sharing.

Dropped Off 10/27/2019 Wiggem placed it in Geocache Namur, Belgium - 118.54 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 10/25/2019 Wiggem retrieved it from Altenberg Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   Visit Log

Come with me

Dropped Off 10/22/2019 Geohummel placed it in Altenberg Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - 3,085.61 miles  Visit Log

Gute Weiterreise!

Visited 10/16/2019 Geohummel took it to B54 "Lipper Höhe" - Siegerland-Flughafen Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - 162.52 miles  Visit Log
Visited 10/13/2019 Geohummel took it to Ghent: the historical centre Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium - 30.77 miles  Visit Log
Visited 10/13/2019 Geohummel took it to GRAND-PLACE as MUTUS LIBER... - Virtual Reward Brussels, Belgium - 65.03 miles  Visit Log
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