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brings to life the people, places and events that shaped the agency for the
past 100 years.
enter the exhibit, they walk into a forest setting and are taken back to the
agency’s humble beginnings—with those first six patrolmen on horseback. They’ll
have the opportunity to learn about early fire detection and extinguishing
methods, and can follow along the walls of the exhibit to see how TFS evolved
throughout the century.
attendees gathered to help the agency celebrate the opening of the exhibit with
a reception held in the museum’s rotunda. Special guest speakers included
Chancellor John Sharp, who has seen first-hand the work TFS carries out to
protect the people and natural resources of Texas.
agency’s director Tom G. Boggus, who has led the agency through many incidents,
including the devastating wildfires of 2011, spoke at the event.
“Tonight is incredibly special for our agency. There are several
video clips running throughout this exhibit that will give you a glimpse
of what this agency means to the people lucky enough to work here,” Boggus
said. “The exhibit title is not by mistake—we are celebrating 100 years, but understand
that we are still making history every day and we aren't finished by a long
Several other features are included in the exhibit, such as an Emergency Operations Center where
visitors learn about current wildfire detection and incident response; and a
life-like oak tree surrounded by interactive displays.
is recognized as the leader in forestry for Texas and the nation through
applied programs in forest and tree development: wildfire prevention,
mitigation and protection; urban and community forestry; and a host of other
innovative forest sustainability programs. The exhibit was made possible
through generous contributions from the
George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, Texas Chapter International
Society of Arboriculture, California Casualty, Texas Society of American
Foresters, State Farm, VFIS of Texas and FireWatch Texas.
runs through Nov. 8, 2015. To learn more about the exhibit and ticket
information visit bush41.org.
Photos for the
event and exhibit can be found on our Flickr account; to see video of the exhibit installation visit
our YouTube channel.
To learn more
about the agency’s history, visit our centennial website TFSCenturyofService.tamu.edu.
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