Powderhorn Ski Resort hosted a celebration honoring the 100 year anniversary of the formation of the United States Forest Service. The federal agency was established in 1905 with the purpose of providing quality water and timber for the nation.
Today, it manages more than 190 million acres of national forest.
Several dignitaries, including Forest Service icons Smokey Bear and Woodsy the Owl were on hand for Monday's festivities. With the Forest Service protecting more than 3 million acres in Western Colorado, political leaders, including U.S. Senator Ken Salazar recognized the agency's importance.
Along with preserving the country's forests, a Forest Service Spokesperson says part of the department's mission is to encourage people to get out to take advantage and enjoy these pristine lands.
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