For more than 50 years, soft-spoken comic-strip star and veteran outdoorsman Mark Trail has been teaching people to preserve our natural resources -- woods, water and wildlife -- for future generations. Created by Ed Dodd in 1946 and drawn by Jack Elrod since 1978, Mark Trail appears in 175 newspapers, reaching nearly 23 million readers worldwide. Elrod was honored in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan for his efforts to develop more pride in America.
In addition to a Sunday page in which Mark Trail urged everyone to "reduce carelessness and abusive activity such as littering, vandalism and theft, and wildlife poaching," Mark Trail became one of the official spokescharacters for NOAA, making him the voice of the NOAA National Weather Service and NOAA Weather Radio. Elrod has also produced a variety of materials for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to help teach school children respect for the environment.
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