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Ephraim Native Takes Pride In Smokey Bear Role

Peninsula State Park Naturalist Courtney Blumberg (left) and Nature Center
Volunteer Caitlin (right) pose with Smokey Bear (a.k.a. Scotty Weborg). Weborg won the National Smokey Bear Award in 2012 and is quite well-known in northern Door County. Submitted photo.

 

You’ve seen him at parades, you’ve seen him at Fyr Bal and you’ve seen him at Peninsula State Park. You may have even seen him on television.

Smokey Bear is a mascot of the United States Forest Service who educates the public about the dangers of forest fires. Door County has its very own, award-winning Smokey Bear and his name is Scotty Weborg.

Kathleen Harris at Peninsula State Park says the 48-year-old Ephraim native has endured that stuffy suit for about a decade to help the park out. Last year he received the National Smokey the Bear Award for his dedication. Weborg has shaken more than 2,000 hands while spreading the word about responsible stewardship of forest resources.

Weborg says Smokey also gives out hugs.

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