Peeling Back The Bark

  • Meet a Conservation Character: Rozzie the Rat

    By James Lewis on November 6, 2017

    Everyone knows Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, and maybe even Ranger Rick Raccoon. While there are many forest-related fictional characters that long ago fell by the wayside, new ones are appearing all the time. We thought we’d interview the people behind these new characters. In this first installment of our new series “Meet a Conservation Character,” we introduce…

  • Forgotten Characters from Forest History: Rusty Scrapiron

    By Eben Lehman on July 13, 2016

    Everyone knows Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, and maybe even Ranger Rick Raccoon, but there are many other forest and forestry-related fictional characters that long ago fell by the wayside. Peeling Back the Bark‘s series on “Forgotten Characters from Forest History” continues with Part 18, in which we examine Rusty Scrapiron. This year marks the 75th anniversary…

  • Forgotten Characters from Forest History: Turp and Tine

    By Eben Lehman on February 4, 2016

    Everyone knows Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, and maybe even Ranger Rick Raccoon, but there are many other forest and forestry-related fictional characters that long ago fell by the wayside. Peeling Back the Bark‘s series on “Forgotten Characters from Forest History” continues with Part 17, in which we examine Turp and Tine. The annals of classic…

  • Forgotten Characters from Forest History: Tim Burr

    By Eben Lehman on February 17, 2015

    Everyone knows Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, and maybe even Ranger Rick Raccoon, but there are many other forest and forestry-related fictional characters that long ago fell by the wayside. Peeling Back the Bark’s series on “Forgotten Characters from Forest History” continues with Part 16, in which we examine Tim Burr. In July 1949 the Weyerhaeuser…

  • Forgotten Characters from Forest History: Joe Beaver

    By Eben Lehman on August 12, 2014

    Everyone knows Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, and maybe even Ranger Rick Raccoon, but there are many other forest and forestry-related fictional characters that long ago fell by the wayside. Peeling Back the Bark‘s series on “Forgotten Characters from Forest History” continues with Part 15, in which we examine Joe Beaver. Before there was a Smokey…

  • Forgotten Characters from Forest History: Abel Woodman

    By Eben Lehman on March 10, 2014

    Everyone knows Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, and maybe even Ranger Rick Raccoon, but there are many other forest and forestry-related fictional characters that long ago fell by the wayside. Peeling Back the Bark‘s series on “Forgotten Characters from Forest History” continues with Part 14, in which we examine Abel Woodman. “A Character is Coming to…

  • Forgotten (Safety) Characters from Forest History: Herman I. Cautious and Paula Bunyan

    By Eben Lehman on May 6, 2013

    Everyone knows Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, and maybe even Ranger Rick Raccoon, but there are many other forest and forestry-related fictional characters that long ago fell by the wayside. Peeling Back the Bark‘s series on “Forgotten Characters from Forest History” continues with Part 13, in which we examine Herman I. Cautious and Paula Bunyan. The first week…

  • Forgotten Characters from Forest History: Benny Beaver

    By James Lewis on March 12, 2013

    Everyone knows Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, and maybe even Ranger Rick Raccoon, but there are many other forest and forestry-related fictional characters that long ago fell by the wayside. Peeling Back the Bark‘s series on “Forgotten Characters from Forest History” continues with Part 12, in which we examine Benny Beaver. Although Benny Beaver is back in the…

  • TECO and Stickee Staystuck Celebrate Anniversaries

    By James Lewis on January 16, 2013

    On this date in 1933, the Timber Engineering Company (TECO) was incorporated  in Washington, DC, as a “national sales promotion, engineering and research agency for wood and forest products” by the National Lumber Manufacturing Association. While that organization later became the National Forest Products Association and later still the American Forest & Paper Association, TECO hasn’t changed names or its mission…

  • Forgotten Characters from Forest History: Howdy Raccoon

    By Eben Lehman on December 3, 2012

    Everyone knows Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, and maybe even Ranger Rick Raccoon, but there are many other forest and forestry-related fictional characters that long ago fell by the wayside. Peeling Back the Bark‘s series on “Forgotten Characters from Forest History” continues with Part 10, in which we examine Howdy the Good Outdoor Manners Raccoon. In…

  • Forgotten Characters from Forest History: Sam Sprucetree

    By James Lewis on July 17, 2012

    Everyone knows Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, and maybe even Ranger Rick Raccoon, but there are many other forest and forestry-related fictional characters that long ago fell by the wayside. Peeling Back the Bark‘s series on “Forgotten Characters from Forest History” continues with Part 9, in which we examine Sam Sprucetree. Sam was a character created…

  • Forgotten Characters from Forest History: Sniff and Snuff

    By Eben Lehman on April 13, 2012

    Everyone knows Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, and maybe even Ranger Rick Raccoon, but there are many other forest and forestry-related fictional characters that long ago fell by the wayside. Peeling Back the Bark‘s series on “Forgotten Characters from Forest History” continues with Part 8, in which we examine Sniff and Snuff. During the 1960s, the…

  • Forgotten Characters: Spunky Squirrel

    By James Lewis on January 20, 2012

    Everyone knows Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, and maybe even Ranger Rick Raccoon, but there are many other forest and forestry-related fictional characters that long ago fell by the wayside. Peeling Back the Bark‘s series on “Forgotten Characters from Forest History” continues with Part 7, in which we examine Spunky Squirrel. January 21 is Squirrel Appreciation…

  • Forgotten Characters: "Ev’rett the Friendly Evergreen" and the war on Christmas

    By James Lewis on December 13, 2011

    Everyone knows Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, and maybe even Ranger Rick Raccoon, but there are many other forest and forestry-related fictional characters that long ago fell by the wayside. Peeling Back the Bark‘s series on “Forgotten Characters from Forest History” continues with Part 6, in which we examine Ev’rett (the Friendly Evergreen). In the 1950s,…

  • Forgotten Characters from Forest History: "The Fire Wolf"

    By Eben Lehman on November 3, 2011

    Everyone knows Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, and maybe even Ranger Rick Raccoon, but there are many other forest and forestry-related fictional characters that long ago fell by the wayside. Peeling Back the Bark‘s series on “Forgotten Characters from Forest History” continues with Part 5, in which we examine the Fire Wolf. A blood-curdling howl echoes…

  • Forgotten Characters from Forest History: Cal Green

    By Eben Lehman on August 2, 2011

    Everyone knows Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, and maybe even Ranger Rick Raccoon, but there are many other forest and forestry-related fictional characters that long ago fell by the wayside. Peeling Back the Bark‘s series on “Forgotten Characters from Forest History” continues with Part 4, in which we examine Cal Green. Cal Green was a child…

  • Forgotten Characters from Forest History: Johnny Horizon

    By James Lewis on March 17, 2011

    Everyone knows Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, and maybe even Ranger Rick Raccoon, but there are many other forest and forestry-related fictional characters that long ago fell by the wayside. Peeling Back the Bark‘s series on “Forgotten Characters from Forest History” continues here with Part 3 in which we examine the life and tragically short career…

  • Forgotten Characters from Forest History: “The Guberif”

    By Eben Lehman on January 6, 2011

    Everyone knows Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, and maybe even Ranger Rick Raccoon, but there are many other forest and forestry-related fictional characters that long ago fell by the wayside. Peeling Back the Bark‘s series on “Forgotten Characters from Forest History” continues here with Part 2 in which we examine the Guberif. “What the hell is…

  • Forgotten Characters from Forest History: "Woody"

    By Eben Lehman on December 9, 2010

    Everyone knows Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, and maybe even Ranger Rick Raccoon, but there are many other forest and forestry-related fictional characters that long ago fell by the wayside. We here at Peeling Back the Bark would like to shed some light on a few of these forgotten characters, discussing their place in forest history…

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