- Subject: NATIONAL-NEWS-RELEASE: USDA Forest Service to receive "Family Hike" painting from wildlife artist Robert Bateman
- From: Lawrence F Chambers <lfchambers@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2010 10:39:41 -0400
- Approved-by: lfchambers@xxxxxxxxx
USDA FOREST SERVICE Press Office
201 14th St., SW, Washington, D.C.,
Contact: Forest Service Press Office
Release No. 1025
USDA Forest Service to receive "Family
Hike" painting from wildlife artist Robert Bateman
WASHINGTON, October 21, 2010 -
The USDA Forest Service will accept the original painting "Family
Hike" by renowned Canadian wildlife artist Robert Bateman at the Royal
Ontario Museum in Toronto.
"The Forest Service is pleased
to receive the original "Family Hike" artistic work that exemplifies
the beauty of art and the importance of natural resources," said Tom
Tidwell, Chief of the U.S. Forest Service.
Bateman's "Family Hike" masterpiece
shows several generations of his family on a hike, near a bigleaf maple
tree not far from his home. The painting will be presented to U.S. Forest
Service Associate Chief Hank Kashdan on October 22.
During the same event, 12 winning art
entries from the 2010 Canadian Get to know Contest will be unveiled at
the Royal Ontario Museum. The 2010 U.S. Get to Know contest for
ages 18 and under is currently underway with entries being accepted until
Robert Bateman is one of Canada's best
known artists and is recognized by the Audubon Society as one of the century's
"Heroes of Conservation." His realistic nature art reflects
commitment to ecology and the connection of children with nature.
The mission of the USDA Forest Service
is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forests
and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The
Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to
State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research
organization in the world.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider,
employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA,
Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington,
D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202-720-6382 (TDD).
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