Poster, "Give a Hoot! Don't Pollute"

The U.S.D.A. Forest Service introduced Woodsy Owl in 1971 as an anti-litter and anti-pollution symbol to promote wise use of the environment. The campaign, which continues today, is primarily aimed at school-age children and uses slogans such as “Give a Hoot! Don’t Pollute” and “Lend a Hand-Care for the Land.”
date made
Department of Agriculture
Physical Description
multi (overall color)
paper (overall material)
overall: 18 1/2 in x 13 in; 46.99 cm x 33.02 cm
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catalog number
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Credit Line
United States Department of Agriculture
Environmental History
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


This poster was a result of a school poster contest about pollution. The recognition was never given to the child who created it, DeWayne Ohsner.
My husband (Bill Campbell) had done the poster for our kids school (Lorne St. Elementary) in Northridge, CA. The year I believe was 1970-71. The poster had 3 little owls in a tree, one was upside down. I also did a cake contest and won first place with the same design on the cake and the same quote, (Give a Hoot! Don't pollute.) He saw my design and quote thought it was cute and did the poster. The kids father is deceased. However I will be recreating the poster on a board for our grandchildren's event in their school June 2, 2017 for a carnival. in Camarillo Heights Elementary. It's amazing how history repeats itself.
i remember this along with the indian on TV as my first memories of antipollution media

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