The Red River Waterway Commission started construction this month on a second disc golf course at Fort Buhlow Recreation Area near Pineville in Rapides Parish. The first 18-hole course completed there a year ago has been well used. The commission’s operations director Mike Boydstun said enthusiasm for the sport surprised him. It’s drawn new people to the recreation area.
“You wouldn’t expect them to be out there in the heat of the day this time of year, but we have a lot of people who just come all day long," Boydstun said.
A total of 32 red cockaded woodpeckers have been moved from the Kisatchie National Forest's Calcasieu District to a reserve in south-central Arkansas and the Winn District in the Kisatchie. The aim is to beef up the population in places where numbers are dwindling. Wildlife biologist Johnny Fryer says fellow biologists from neighboring states have worked on this cooperative effort to help the endangered woodpeckers for more than 20 years.
The LSU AgCenter is working with high school coaches across the state to improve the condition of football fields. Turfgrass specialist Ron Strahan says many playing fields are in rough shape. He creates a "cookbook recipe" and month-by-month plan for improving the turf as part of the Field of Excellence program.
Saturday's first Earth Day Regatta will celebrate the opening of six paddling trails on the Texas side of Caddo Lake. Half of the trails begin in Uncertain, Texas. Registration begins at Caddo Lake State Park, and lunch will be served at Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge.