Kisatchie National Forest

Kisatche Ranger District

The Kisatchie Ranger District will finish up an intensive ten-week field study this week. The work is mostly carried out by four anthropology students from LSU and University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The students are shovel testing 1,100 acres of forestland near Natchitoches. They’re searching for sensitive archeological sites as part of an environmental assessment for a proposed habitat improvement project, according to district archeologist Geoffrey Lehmann.

U.S. Mint

Pay attention to the quarters in your pocket. You may find a new one that is a tribute to the Kisatche National Forest.

The U.S. Mint officially releases its next quarter April 22 in Alexandria as part of its America the Beautiful Quarters Program. It’s the 27th coin to be released as part of this program that began in 2010 honoring national sites in all 50 states.

Kisatchie National Forest public affairs officer Jim Caldwell says the tail’s side design features a wild turkey in flight over blue stem grass with long leaf pine in the backdrop.

The first month-long outdoor adventure festival is underway in Central Louisiana. Kisatchie National Forest is doing its part Saturday. 

A day of free activities and outdoor seminars will be held at the Kincaid Lake Recreation Area near Alexandria. Kisatchie National Forest public affairs specialist Amy Robertson says there will be how-to classes on trail running, mountain biking, paddle boarding and kayaking. She’s also organized yoga sessions, guided nature walks, CrossFit workouts and a family fun run.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Kisatchie National Forest wildlife biologists are preparing to install a webcam above a bald eagle’s nest on Kincaid Lake in Boyce, La. It’s a bit complicated, according to Steve Shively, a wildlife biologist on the Calcasieu Ranger district. It will involve climbing a tree and installing the camera 100 feet above the ground. But he said it’s totally worth it and webcams trained on raptor nests are common around the country.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The Kisatchie National Forest will open up its entire 600,000-plus acres for a one-day youth turkey hunt on March 16. There are 115 slots available for the hunt. Friday is the application deadline to enter a lottery-style selection process. Wildlife biologist Jonny Fryar of the Calcasieu Ranger District said this will be the first time that all of Kisatchie will be open for a youth hunt. He said the event comes a week before the wild turkey season opener, and gives children ages 8-17 a better chance to call in a turkey.