Kincaid Lake Recreation Area is located in Boyce, La.
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.
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.