About the Forest

The Alexandria Forestry Center

In 1959, the USDA building in downtown Alexandria was destroyed by fire. The U.S. Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station and many other Federal Agencies lost their offices. Most of the files and records were salvageable and the Forest Service temporarily made their home in building 17 at the Veterans Administration Hospital, which at the time was a vacant building that had been used as living quarters for nurses working at the hospital.

Alexandria Forestry Center

The Southern Forest Experiment Station and the Louisiana Forestry Association began communicating on the concern of a permanent new home for the Experiment Station and a more modern home for the Louisiana Forestry Association. In 1963, a contract was awarded and funds were made available to build the new facility which would be attached to Building 17 where the Kisatchie National Forest had been temporarily located. The Veteran's Administration, it is believed, donated the building and 14 acres of land to the joint venture of the Agencies to complete what is now know as "The Alexandria Forestry Center".


About the Agency

We are a multi-faceted agency that manages and protects 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 44 states and Puerto Rico. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

A History of Kisatchie National Forest

This publication chronicles the establishment and history of the Kisatchie National Forest.