2014 Keep Montana Green Art Contest winner Madison Bauer’s artwork - "Don't be mean, keep it green!" PHOTO COURTESY OF KEEP MONTANA GREEN

Keep Montana Green

Creative kids help spread fire prevention message

At the end of World War II, Montanans looked to the vast wilderness of the Treasure State and felt the urge to protect it. The nonprofit Keep Montana Green has focused on preventing humancaused wildfires with a big push toward education for the last 75 years.

Now a 60-year-old tradition, Montana kids put pencil, marker or crayon to paper and help spread the message of fire prevention with the Annual Wildfire Prevention Art Contest. A coloring book category is new this year. Adapting with the times, there is also an audio-visual category, too.

According to the organization Facebook page, each year hundreds of students across Montana enter the competition, providing art, slogans and ideas for prevention efforts.

“It’s a great little program and we are always a part of it,” Big Sky Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Dustin Tetrault said.

The theme this year is “Keeping Montana Green.”

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 26. Visit www.keepmontanagreen. com for more details and contest rules.

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