The song "Smokey the Bear," about the fictional mascot of the United States Forest Service, was written in 1952 by songwriters Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins. The song was used in public service announcements produced by the U.S. Forest Service.
The song "Smokey the Bear" describes the mascot and his love for the forests and tells the story of how he got his name. The songwriters added "the" to the mascot's name for the rhythm, but his name remains merely "Smokey Bear," according to the U.S. Forest Service. The Smokey Bear Act of 1952 regulated use of the name and specified that he be known only as "Smokey Bear," and not "Smokey the Bear."