Salvage Timber Sales Announced

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Calling all timber purchasers! As many of you are aware, the Kisatchie National Forest experienced a major tornado in December 2019. This tornado damaged areas of National Forest lands in Vernon and Rapides parishes amounting to roughly 3700 acres. In order to prevent insect and disease problems, alleviate the large fuel loads that could lead to potential wildfires, and restore the native plant communities that previously existed, the Kisatchie proposes to offer the damaged timber in a series of salvage sales. A meeting is scheduled to inform potential purchasers of the proposed timber sales, which 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.

Wind Event Environmental Assessment

Evaluating how to remove the damaged trees and prepare the sites for replanting has resulted in the Kisatchie National Forest conducting a Wind Event Environmental Assessment. Unfortunately, it seems we are conducting these evaluations more often as tornadoes seem to be more frequent in our area. Consequently, this proposal would allow the Forest to treat damage from wind events including tornadoes, hurricanes, and straight line winds. The project aims to reduce hazardous fuels, improve red-cockaded woodpecker habitat and restore native forest communities on up to 20,000 acres per year over a 10-year span. Comments on the Wind Event Environmental Assessment will be accepted for 30 days beginning one day following the publication of legal notice, which occurred on January 29, 2020. If the comment period expires on a Saturday, Sunday, or Federal holiday, comments will be accepted through the end of the next business day. For information on how to comment on this project, please click here.

Closure Maps for Tornado Damaged Areas - Evangeline and Vernon Units of the Calcasieu Ranger District

Evangeline Unit Closure Area

Vernon Unit Closure Area

Accepting 2020 LA Forestry Association Teacher's Tour Applications Photo of teachers looking at a mill

The Louisiana Forestry Association is hosting its annual Teacher's Tour this year in Pineville, LA, from May 26-28, 2020.  All Louisiana teachers are encouraged to apply. 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 use this application.

Welcome to the Kisatchie!

With over 604,000 acres to explore, you can find an activity to enjoy on the Kisatchie National Forest.  Whether you like to fish, hunt, kayak, mountain bike, run, hike, canoe, horseback, motor bike, camp… Kisatchie National Forest has a destination for you.  Visit your National Forest today!


2019-2020 LDWF Hunting Regulations

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The 2019-2020 Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Hunting Regulations guide is in print and ready to be picked up at our offices, or found

2019-2020 Hunting Dates for Kisatchie National Forest

2019-2020 Hunting Dates for Kisatchie National Forest


2019-2020 Catahoula & Red Dirt Preserve Permit

2019-2020 Catahoula and Red Dirt National Wildlife Management Preserve Permit

2019-2020 Motor Vehicle Use Maps Available

2019-20 Motor Vehicle-Use Maps available online.

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2019 Regional Forester Honor Awards

Regional Forester Awards

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Resource Advisory Committee Page