U.S. Forest Service - Kisatchie National Forest

U.S. Forest Service - Kisatchie National Forest The Kisatchie National Forest has more than 600,000 acres of land spread across seven parishes in Louisiana and is divided into five Ranger Districts.
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The National Forest Foundation, chartered by Congress, engages Americans in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the 193-million-acre National Forest System, administers private gifts of funds and land for the benefit of the National Forests. http://www.nationalforests.org/ The Forest Service manages a system of 155 national forests, 20 national grasslands, and 222 research and experimental forests, as well as other special areas, covering more than 192 million acres of public land. The Forest Service has evolved into a 30,000 employee agency that manages the national forests for a number of multiple uses, including recreation, timber, wilderness, minerals, water, grazing, fish, and wildlife.

Mission: The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service motto, "Caring for the Land and Serving People," captures the spirit of our mission, which we accomplish through five main activities: Protection and management of natural resources on National Forest System lands. Research on all aspects of forestry, rangeland management, and forest resource utilization. Community assistance and cooperation with State and local governments, forest industries, and private landowners to help protect and manage non-Federal forest and associated range and watershed lands to improve conditions in rural areas. Achieving and supporting an effective workforce that reflects the full range of diversity of the American people. International assistance in formulating policy and coordinating U.S. support for the protection and sound management of the world's forest resources.

A portion of the Kincaid Loop Trail located near Alexandria is now open for public use. For the safety of the public, th...
03/11/2020

A portion of the Kincaid Loop Trail located near Alexandria is now open for public use. For the safety of the public, the trail has been temporarily rerouted due to possible hazards caused by the December 2019 tornado. As indicated on the map, a one mile reroute will begin just before the Kincaid Loop A camping area and will continue onto FS Rd 205 and end at the fee station trailhead. Please follow reroute postings throughout the trail.

U.S. Forest Service - Kisatchie National Forest's cover photo
03/11/2020

U.S. Forest Service - Kisatchie National Forest's cover photo

The wild azaleas are blooming in the Kisatchie National Forest! If you live near Alexandria, Louisiana and would like to...
03/11/2020

The wild azaleas are blooming in the Kisatchie National Forest! If you live near Alexandria, Louisiana and would like to view these beautiful plants in bloom, go to this link for a list of places to view these shrubs:https://fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd573480.pdf

Check out what all the smoke is about as James Flue, Kisatchie National Forest Fire Management Officer, shares informati...
02/28/2020
Kisatchie National Forest

Check out what all the smoke is about as James Flue, Kisatchie National Forest Fire Management Officer, shares information about the Forest's prescribed burning program.

Stacy Blomquist and James Flue talk about prescribed burning in Kisatchie Forest

In addition to opening the Claiborne Multiple-Use Trails on the Calcasieu Ranger District Evangeline Unit, we are also o...
02/28/2020

In addition to opening the Claiborne Multiple-Use Trails on the Calcasieu Ranger District Evangeline Unit, we are also opening the Livingston Multiple-Use Trails, including Little Creek and Hickman OHV Trails, on the Catahoula Ranger District. Have a wonderful, safe weekend!

We are happy to report that Camp Claiborne Multiple-Use Trail and the Loran OHV Trail are OPEN at this time! Enjoy the l...
02/28/2020

We are happy to report that Camp Claiborne Multiple-Use Trail and the Loran OHV Trail are OPEN at this time! Enjoy the lovely, dry weekend and stay safe while enjoying the Kisatchie National Forest.

Come on out to the Natchitoches Home & Garden Expo this Saturday, February 29, at 750 2nd St, Natchitoches, LA 71457. St...
02/28/2020

Come on out to the Natchitoches Home & Garden Expo this Saturday, February 29, at 750 2nd St, Natchitoches, LA 71457. Stop by and visit with us at the Kisatchie National Forest booth. The event begins at 10:00 a.m.

U.S. Forest Service
02/25/2020

U.S. Forest Service

Your national forests and grasslands are 193 million acres of vast, scenic beauty waiting for you to discover and we have a list of destinations you should check out. https://www.fs.usda.gov/visit/destinations #ItsAllYours

Calling all timber purchasers! A meeting is scheduled to inform potential purchasers of the proposed timber sales for ab...
02/18/2020

Calling all timber purchasers! A meeting is scheduled to inform potential purchasers of the proposed timber sales for about 3700 acres damaged by a tornado on the Kisatchie National Forest. The included timber will be damaged pines and hardwoods. The timber will be appraised as a blended product and sold at one price per ton. The meeting will be held at the Country Inn and Suites in Pineville, LA on February 25 at 9:00 a.m. We ask that you please consider attending to learn how to bid on these sales and assist with this tremendous clean-up effort.

Are you a student or recent graduate? Work in the great outdoors and join the Forest Service! Apply on USAJOBS.gov by Fe...
02/17/2020

Are you a student or recent graduate? Work in the great outdoors and join the Forest Service! Apply on USAJOBS.gov by Feb. 20. Visit www.fs.fed.us/fsjobs-events for details. #WorkForNature #USAJOBS #Hiring

We're hiring students and recent graduates for positions in rangeland management, wildlife biology, and more! Apply on U...
02/15/2020

We're hiring students and recent graduates for positions in rangeland management, wildlife biology, and more! Apply on USAJOBS.gov Feb. 14-20. Visit www.fs.fed.us/fsjobs-events for details. #WorkForNature #USAJOBS #Hiring

02/14/2020
U.S. Forest Service - Kisatchie National Forest's cover photo
02/10/2020

U.S. Forest Service - Kisatchie National Forest's cover photo

The excessive amount of rainfall we have had in the past week and the projected forecast has led us to close all of the ...
02/10/2020

The excessive amount of rainfall we have had in the past week and the projected forecast has led us to close all of the Kisatchie National Forest OHV trails. Please call the OHV Hotline at 1-866-830-6467 for trail updates. While our OHV trails are closed, enjoy our hiking trails and the beautiful scenery that can be found on the Forest, such as this area on the Longleaf Vista Trail on the Kisatchie Ranger District. Heavy rainfall has made the "Falls" a beautiful place to visit. Photo credit: Lee Willaert, USFS employee.

Calling all Louisiana teachers! The Louisiana Forestry Association is pleased to announce the 2020 La Forestry Teachers ...
02/03/2020

Calling all Louisiana teachers! The Louisiana Forestry Association is pleased to announce the 2020 La Forestry Teachers Tour which will be held May 26-28. Visit the Kisatchie National Forest's amazing Longleaf Vista and Kisatchie Bayou, tour plywood and wood pellet mills, absorb all of the history at the Southern Forest Heritage Museum, and dine at beautiful Tunk's Cypress Inn. Thanks to wonderful partners in the forestry industry, this event is FREE to all participants - 2-night hotel stay, all meals, and transportation during the tour. Space is limited, so get your registration in today!!! Come learn about the importance of forestry in our state and how you can share this information with your students. To register, please visit: https://fs.usda.gov/main/kisatchie/learning/parents-teacher to download the application.

Brad Cooper and Holly Morgan share information on the tornado damage experienced on the Kisatchie National Forest. To le...
01/31/2020
Kisatchie National Forecast

Brad Cooper and Holly Morgan share information on the tornado damage experienced on the Kisatchie National Forest. To learn more information or to comment on the project, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57551.

Brad Cooper and Holly Morgan of the Kisatchie National Forest stopped by to discuss the recovery from the December tornado.

On December 16, 2019, an EF3 tornado traveled through the Kisatchie National Forest for over 20 miles, damaging approxim...
01/31/2020

On December 16, 2019, an EF3 tornado traveled through the Kisatchie National Forest for over 20 miles, damaging approximately 3700 acres of trees (2700 acres of pine and 1000 acres of hardwood.) The U.S. Forest Service plans to remove the damaged timber, prepare the sites and plant trees in the damaged areas. For more information on this project and to learn how to comment on the Wind Event Evaluation Assessment, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57551.

01/28/2020
Sign up today for another exciting Louisiana Women in Ag conference to be held March 12-13 in Alexandria. A wonderful li...
01/27/2020

Sign up today for another exciting Louisiana Women in Ag conference to be held March 12-13 in Alexandria. A wonderful line-up of speakers and great tours are available this year. Tickets are available for $75 and may be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/louisiana-women-in-agriculture-2020-conference-expo-tickets-79177081783. Click on "Select a date" to see ticketing options. Watch the video to learn more about important women farmers in our state. https://drive.google.com/open?id=16ancgvKrvesTs0UJ5qG7fZRqDBD6lmjo

U.S. Forest Service - Kisatchie National Forest's cover photo
01/24/2020

U.S. Forest Service - Kisatchie National Forest's cover photo

A prescribed fire on the Kisatchie National Forest. Photo taken by Skyler Marsh, USDA Forest Service, Catahoula Ranger D...
01/24/2020

A prescribed fire on the Kisatchie National Forest. Photo taken by Skyler Marsh, USDA Forest Service, Catahoula Ranger District.

While our intentions were good to waive the day-use fees for OHV riding on our multiple-use trails for the upcoming Mart...
01/17/2020

While our intentions were good to waive the day-use fees for OHV riding on our multiple-use trails for the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Mother Nature has not been cooperative and has continued to dump rain on our trails resulting in extended closures for OHV riding. In the past few days, we have received between 2 and 4” of rain with more expected on Saturday. All of the OHV trails on the Kisatchie National Forest remain closed due to the cumulative rainfall. Please take advantage of waived fees on Monday at the two Kincaid boat ramps, Stuart Lake, Kisatchie Bayou, the three Caney boat launches, and the Sugar Cane National Recreation Trail.

U.S. Forest Service
01/16/2020

U.S. Forest Service

There are currently 77 of our personnel assisting with the Australian #bushfires. Another group is expected to mobilize today and join these firefighting efforts.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Kisatchie National Forest is waiving day-use fees January 20 at day-use are...
01/15/2020

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Kisatchie National Forest is waiving day-use fees January 20 at day-use areas. Camping fees will remain in effect throughout the forest. The following day-use fees will be waived on Monday, January 20: Calcasieu Ranger District - Kincaid East Boat Ramp, Kincaid West Boat Ramp, Claiborne Multiple-Use Trail, and Enduro Multiple-Use Trail. Caney Ranger District - Upper Caney Boat Launch, Lower Caney Boat Launch North, Lower Caney Boat Launch South, and the Sugar Cane National Recreation Trail. Catahoula Ranger District - Stuart Lake and the Livingston Multiple-Use Trail. Kisatchie Ranger District - Kisatchie Bayou. There are no day-use areas on the Winn Ranger District. We hope you take this opportunity to get outdoors and make your Martin Luther King, Jr. Day more memorable!

Just in time for the long, 3-day weekend, the Kisatchie National Forest announces the following recreation areas and roa...
01/15/2020

Just in time for the long, 3-day weekend, the Kisatchie National Forest announces the following recreation areas and roads opened within the Calcasieu Ranger District, Evangeline Unit tornado closure area: West Kincaid entrance (FS Rd 205), West Kincaid Boat Launch (FS Rd 205A), East Kincaid entrance (FS Rd 210), Kincaid camping area, and Evangeline camp. All trails within the boundary remain closed at this time.

Tomorrow (January 16) is the annual free tree giveaway at the Louisiana Forestry Association's office in Alexandria, Lou...
01/15/2020
Come get your free tree Thursday!

Tomorrow (January 16) is the annual free tree giveaway at the Louisiana Forestry Association's office in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Get ready to get your free tree at the annual Louisiana Forestry Association Arbor Day Tree Giveaway on Thursday, Jan. 16 ... that's right it's on Thursda

All of the Kisatchie National Forest's Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) trails are closed at this time due to excessive rainfal...
01/10/2020

All of the Kisatchie National Forest's Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) trails are closed at this time due to excessive rainfall and/or tornado damage. Please call the OHV Hotline (1-866-830-6467) to check the status of the trails.

Five days remaining to bring in your expired Christmas tree!
01/09/2020

Five days remaining to bring in your expired Christmas tree!

It is that time of the year when the Kisatchie National Forest Ranger Districts are conducting their prescribed burning ...
01/08/2020

It is that time of the year when the Kisatchie National Forest Ranger Districts are conducting their prescribed burning operations. The Kisatchie burns approximately 100,000 acres a year, or 1/6 of the forest. Prescribed burns are used to help us reduce the hazardous fuel build up in order to prevent an unintended wildfire. In addition, prescribed fire restores, maintains, and enhances wildlife habitat, as well as greatly improving the ecosystem of longleaf pine. Please use caution when driving in these areas as smoke may be on the road.

U.S. Forest Service - Kisatchie National Forest's cover photo
01/08/2020

U.S. Forest Service - Kisatchie National Forest's cover photo

Current boundaries for the closures on the Calcasieu Ranger District. All areas within the pink boundary are closed to A...
01/08/2020

Current boundaries for the closures on the Calcasieu Ranger District. All areas within the pink boundary are closed to ALL activities. The Wild Azalea Trail is closed between Valentine Lake Recreation Area and FS road E023A. The Wild Azalea Trail is open between FS road E023A to Woodworth, LA. These closures will remain in effect until further notice. For more information, please call the Calcasieu Ranger District at (318)793-9427.

Due to the recent, excessive rainfall we have had in our area, the following OHV trails have been closed:* Claiborne Mul...
01/02/2020

Due to the recent, excessive rainfall we have had in our area, the following OHV trails have been closed:
* Claiborne Multiple Use Trails - closed Jan. 2 - 8, 2020
* Boy Scout Trail - closed Jan. 2-8, 2020
*Sandstone Loop Trail - seasonally closed Jan. 6-May 1, 2020

Don't throw your dead Christmas tree into a landfill! Bring your dead Christmas tree to the Alexandria Forestry Center l...
01/02/2020

Don't throw your dead Christmas tree into a landfill! Bring your dead Christmas tree to the Alexandria Forestry Center located at 2500 Shreveport Hwy, Pineville, LA, across from the Veteran's Administration Hospital. Please remove all tinsel, lights, and ornaments. Biologists will position these dead trees into cinder blocks and sink them into one of the Kisatchie National Forest's many lakes where they will become fish habitat.

U.S. Forest Service - Kisatchie National Forest's cover photo
12/19/2019

U.S. Forest Service - Kisatchie National Forest's cover photo

Unfortunately, the Kisatchie National Forest was impacted significantly by Monday's tornado.  Approximately 2500 acres w...
12/19/2019

Unfortunately, the Kisatchie National Forest was impacted significantly by Monday's tornado. Approximately 2500 acres were damaged as the tornado ripped through piney woods and hardwood bottoms and red-cockaded woodpecker habitat. Please see the attached maps indicating the closed areas on the Calcasieu Ranger District, Vernon and Evangeline Units. Due to the many downed and leaning trees, National Forest System roads and trails within these areas are closed until further notice. The designated areas are closed to ALL visitor activities, including hunting, until the closure is rescinded. There are a few exceptions: Fullerton Lake, Day-Use Area, and Campground; Government Pond and Campground; Valentine Lake and Campground; and the East Boat Ramp of Kincaid Lake will remain open to the public. While the campgrounds and lakes are open at the first three listed areas, the trails ARE NOT open at this time. We will be constantly monitoring and assessing the areas and as we reopen areas, we will update the maps and post on our website (www.fs.usda.gov/kisatchie) and this page.

Listen for news concerning Kisatchie National Forest's emergency closures. Jason Nolde explains how the tornado impacted...
12/19/2019
Kisatchie National Forest Storm Damage

Listen for news concerning Kisatchie National Forest's emergency closures. Jason Nolde explains how the tornado impacted the National Forest.

Stacy Blomquist and Jason Nolde talk about the damage to Kisatchie National Forest following the storm on December 16

2019 Regional Forester Honor Awards
12/16/2019

2019 Regional Forester Honor Awards

Regional Forester Honor Awards Ceremony held on December 12, 2019, in Atlanta, GA. Over 150 recipients were honored for their commitment to the land and people.

12/12/2019

Regional Honors Awards

U.S. Forest Service - Kisatchie National Forest's cover photo
12/09/2019

U.S. Forest Service - Kisatchie National Forest's cover photo

12/03/2019

Work Outdoors Opportunity!
AmeriCorps NCCC Southern Region (Official) and the USDA Forest Service Southern Region have signed an agreement dedicating three teams to the Forest Service for the entire term, starting summer 2020. The teams will receive Type II Wildland Firefighter (red card) certification and S-212 chainsaw training, as well as familiarization with Forest Service careers and how to apply for jobs. For application requirements and physical fitness criteria go to www.nationalservice.gov/nccc. Deadline to apply is March 30th.

From all of us with the USFS Kisatchie National Forest, we wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!
11/28/2019

From all of us with the USFS Kisatchie National Forest, we wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

The Capitol Christmas Tree made it to Washington, D.C.!!! Louisiana was happy to be part of the trip as it stopped in Mo...
11/26/2019

The Capitol Christmas Tree made it to Washington, D.C.!!! Louisiana was happy to be part of the trip as it stopped in Monroe.

After a very early start at 4AM The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Team made its delivery of enchantment to Washington D.C. With comments from the Acting Architect of the Capitol Thomas J. Carroll, a brief ceremony included a statement of achievement from Deputy District Ranger for the Questa Ranger District Ricardo Martinez, during which he acknowledged to hard work and dedication of his New Mexico team as well as the many community members who made this wonderful journey possible. Congratulations on a job well done!

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Pineville, LA
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Monday 08:00 - 11:30
Tuesday 12:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 11:30
Wednesday 12:30 - 16:30
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What is a good spot that isn’t closed to go out in a kayak? We are planning to go this weekend and want to avoid closed down areas. It will be my first time at Kisatchie. Thanks in advance!
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When was the south side of Valentine closed? It would be helpful if this was posted online, on fb, or somewhere, seeing as we made the trip from Texas for this 😉
Anybody have any info on Bankston Camp and what it's like there? Is it a good place for adults to go camping?
Are these areas still closed?
Cleaning rec-sites has taught me some things. 1) Bathroom garbage cans don't want to be pee'd in. 2) Watermelon Rinds, dirty diapers, beer/soda cans and bottles do not belong in fire rings and will not burn.
Is the lower portion of Sandstone open for motorized use?
After a short hiatus, I revisited MIDDLE BRANCH BOG just north of Kisatchie Bayou Campground. I was surprised at the changes I saw. Whereas before the hillside bog was covered in sheets of yellow pitcher plants, they were now much reduced and appeared stressed. I noticed that the "springs" had been much "improved" with fresh pipes and much more vigorous drainage apparently pirating water from the hillside. My impression was that this was not a Forest Service project and that it was detrimental to the bog.
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Wondering if day use areas mean “day use” or is it “night use” also? Was camping at Valentine Lake Friday night and kids were drinking and partying until at least 2am. So much for peace and quiet. 😞
What is the fee to enter the forest for one day to go sight seeing or walk a trail?
Anyone know if the forest will still be accessible during the government shutdown?