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'Give a hoot, don't pollute!' Woodsy Owl celebrates 50 years of conservation

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Woodsy Owl and Smokey Bear with Lady Bird Johnson{ }(Photo: USDA Forest Service and Cecilio Ricardo/USDA Forest Service)

Woodsy Owl is celebrating his 50th birthday following half a century of conservations efforts.

The U.S. Forest Service is celebrating the "Give a hoot, don't pollute!" mascot's 50 years by asking everyone to give the owl a shoutout on social media.

Using the hashtag "#HootForWoodsy", you can share with him what you've learned about conservation over the years.

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Woodsy Owl partners with Smokey Bear when it comes to protecting forests and wildlife.

"Caring, friendly, and wise, Woodsy Owl is a whimsical fellow and he's got his Woodsy Owl standing and wavingheart set on motivating kids to form healthy, lasting relationships with nature," the USDA Forest Service website boasts about Woodsy.

Woodsy was introduced back in 1971.

In 1997, his image was revitalized to better connect with a new generation of kids. His motto changed to "'Lend a hand', care for the land!" which piggybacks off his well-known motto from previous years.

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