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Lynn Young

Jane Leche

Jim Maxwell

Tom McFarland

Doug Wagner

Meet The Fiddlin’ Foresters

The Fiddlin’ Foresters are proud to be known as the “official old-time string band of the US Forest Service”. They are a special musical group composed of Forest Service employees and volunteers from the Rocky Mountain Region. Since 1994 they have performed over 180 inspirational, educational and entertaining interpretive programs illustrating the importance of natural resource conservation and public land stewardship throughout the country.

The Fiddlin’ Foresters have developed several interpretive musical programs - including presentations on New Century of Service and Wildland Fire - which use old-time music, songs of the American west, and novelty tunes and appropriate visuals highlighting the important contributions national forests and grasslands have made to the American economy, landscape and culture over the past century. The performance of music, visuals, and lively humor has produced an emotional and inspiring connection to the land and the agency with audiences of all ages and cultures.

The band has performed at national conservation meetings, state fairs, the 2002 Winter Olympics, other international events and seminars, the National Western Stock Show, teacher workshops, elementary schools, national celebrations, open houses and various Forest Service meetings and events. They travel with complete costumes, sound system, stage lights, rear-screen projection system with PowerPoint visuals and video, props, and instruments. Depending on the occasion audience members often receive a tri-fold brochure that highlights appropriate conservation messages and the performance program.

The group has received the prestigious Forest Service Chief’s Award and the Rocky Mountain Region’s Regional Forester’s Honor Award for their unique interpretive musical program. The group deeply appreciates the support and recognition received from all levels of the Forest Service and partnership organizations.