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.