Kisatchie National Forest has more than 604,000 acres, is spread across seven parishes in Louisiana and is divided into five managed units called Ranger Districts. Hidden in the bayous, beneath the bald cypress groves and old growth pine, is a world of natural beauty, excitement, learning, recreation, resources and wildlife in their purest form. Come visit Louisiana's only national forest. 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.
Calcasieu Ranger District on Kisatchie National Forest hosted Fullerton Sawmill Day Oct. 15. The event, which drew nearly 500 participants, celebrates memories of what was once the largest sawmill west of the Mississippi, Fullerton Sawmill. Attendees revisited life in the early 1900s through demonstrations from quilters, games of the era and viewing artifacts. Fullerton Sawmill operated from 1907 until 1927. Today, all that is left of this once-booming town of 5,000 are a few foundations and the memories of the descendants of past residents.