Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Ted Nugent gets Smokey Bear Award

Waco, Texas TV station reports the Texas Forest Service has presented the prestigious Smokey Bear award to transplanted Waco-area rocker Ted Nugent, one of only five awarded nationally this year.

The award, presented at Nugent’s Spirit Wild Ranch near Crawford, is reserved for those who provide outstanding service with significant impact in wildfire prevention.

Nugent, who has sold more than 30 million records during his career, is a staunch advocate for conservation efforts and has donated time and talent to create public service announcements on both fire prevention and hunting safety, the forest service said.

Ted has partnered over the past several years with Texas Forest Service to increase awareness to both hunters and the general public on the importance of preventing a careless fire from starting.

The Smokey Bear statue was presented to Nugent by Texas Forest Service Director Tom Boggus, Special Projects Coordinator Mary Kay Hicks and Fire Operations Chief Mark Stanford.

"He's an incredibly passionate conservationist," Stanford said of the rock icon. "He's humanized this message and gotten the public's attention. He walks the walk."

Nugent called the award a “reflection of my lifestyle.”

Ted Nugent – Stranglehold
Rockpalast – WDR Studio - Koln, Germany – September 8, 1976