We’ve all heard the many ways we can properly dispose of items that are either holy or embedded into the nationalistic spirit. The American flag is a good example of the ritualistic nature of getting rid of a tattered symbol.
The US Forest Service has a method for burning another national icon. They are now publishing instructions on how to properly burn Woodsy the Owl costumes. Yes the wondrous owl that gave a hoot will now be ignited with beauracratic approval.
You younger readers may not be familiar with the environmental owl, but he came onto the scene in a wave of cartoon characters lecturing you on how to be a great American. Smokey the bear held you personally responsible for destroying habitats and McGruff told you in no uncertain terms that you were to be a great crime fighter. It was Woodsy’s great mission to emplore children not to pollute lest you make an Indian cry.
For those of you who do own a tattered Woodsy costume, and I know there are many, the instructions are below:
1. Incinerate the complete costume with the oversight of an official USDA Forest Service law enforcement officer*.
2. The entire Woodsy Owl costume including each of the separate pieces is to be destroyed beyond recognition.
* If you do not have access to an official USDA Forest Service law enforcement representative, arrangements will be made for dealing with your costume by contacting the USDA-FS Washington Office at:
C/o National Symbols Program
P. O. Box 96090
Washington, D. C. 20090-6090