A bear in Inanda, not something you would expect on a normal autumn day, let alone the famous "Smokey The Bear" - Mascot of the US Forestry Service. 

As part of the recent World Forestry Congress, the US Forestry Service paid a visit to eNanda Adventure Centre to  interact with children from the local environmental education club managed by Durban Green Corridor's Nomonde Magwa. We were a spot apprehensive as to how the children were going to react to Smokey The Bear …but he was met with open arms, shrieks of joy as well as a lot of hugs and "selfies".

Smokey, the Chief of US Forestry Service and children from one of DGC's Environmental Education Programs with some of the donated hardwood furniture.

The delegation was led by Thomas Tidwell, the current Chief of the United States Forest Service (USFS) - Thomas and Smokey kept the children enthralled with their message of conservation, importance of forests and the need to be weary of uncontrolled fires.

However, one of the highlights of the visit was the handing over of a truckload of hand crafted indigenous hardwood wood furniture. The furniture, which includes tables, chairs, display racks and everything an Environmental Education Centre could need was purpose built and hand made for the US Forestry Service Stand at the recent World Forestry Congress. Rather than ship all the furniture back to the USA, they decided to donate it to a good cause …and we could not be more grateful for this kind gesture.

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