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    Seafood Month: Spotlight on FishWatch.gov

    Seafood Month: Spotlight on FishWatch.gov



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    New Blog Posts from Captain Devin

    Hello all, Captain Devin here!

    I have been writing more and more on blog, Captain Devin's Louisiana Fishing Blog. shttp://www.swampstallionfishingadventures.com/wordpres

    It learns or it gets the hose again!

    I produced an article charged with information that will help you understand the bigger picture when it comes to the environment trout live in. Fishing is a thinking man's game and these tools will help you know what's happening out on the water, without you even being there!

    Here is another short article I wrote about tilapia, and why I think they don't hold up to speckled trout in terms of culinary value.

    Tilapia? Ewww!

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    17 th Annual ASA Fishing Rodeo Schedule for Hopedale

    17 th Annual ASA Fishing Rodeo Schedule for Hopedale

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    Hodges gardens state park announces 2011

    For immediate release:
    March 24, 2011

    Sharon Broussard
    Office of State Parks
    225.342.5473
    [email protected]

    HODGES GARDENS STATE PARK ANNOUNCES 2011 EASTER ACTIVITIES.

    The long-treasured tradition of Easter Sunrise Service at Hodges Gardens State Park will continue this year on Easter Sunday, April 24, on the Lakefront Stage. Members of the Centenary Choir will perform with members of church choirs from Natchitoches, Sabine, Vernon and Beauregard Parishes. Festivities will kick off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, with the annual Easter egg hunt and duck races.

    In addition to the egg hunt and races, a special geocache hunt for the entire family will take place in the park on Saturday. This is a type of scavenger hunt completed via GPS, and a limited number of GPS units will be available for those who do not bring their own. Children will also have the opportunity to have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny.

    On Sunday, gates open at 4:30 a.m. and will close promptly at 5:45 a.m. to prevent traffic from disturbing the program. The program is free of charge and guests are advised bring lawn chairs and blankets. At the conclusion of the service, the park will be cleared and the regular admission prices will apply for the remainder of the day.

    Hodges Gardens State Park is located on U.S. Highway 171 between Many and Leesville. Cabins are available at the park and reservation information can be found at www.lastateparks.com.
    For additional information, call the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission at 318.256.5880 or 800.358.7802 or the Vernon Parish Tourism Commission at 337.238.0783 or 800.349.6287.

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    Annual Civil War Re-enactment during March

    From: Sharon Broussard
    Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 4:43 PM
    Subject: Annual Civil War Re-enactment during March 26-27 at Port Hudson State Historic Site





    For immediate release:
    March 16, 2011

    Sharon Broussard Jacques Berry
    Office of State Parks Office of the Lieutenant Governor
    225.342.5428 225.342.8607
    [email protected] [email protected]



    ANNUAL CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT SCHEDULED AT PORT HUDSON SHS

    Port Hudson State Historic Site near Zachary is hosting the annual re-enactment of the siege of Port Hudson on Saturday, March 26, and Sunday, March 27.

    Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. both days, visitors will be able to observe volunteer re-enactors in Union and Confederate campsites staging typical activities of the assault. Soldiers dressed in authentic reproduction uniforms will be on hand to answer questions pertaining to the siege in the summer of 1863. Three branches of service—artillery, cavalry and infantry—will be portrayed as well as cooks, laundresses and sutlers who are civilian merchants that often travel with military troops.

    “Visitors of all ages are invited to witness this portrayal of Civil War life. Port Hudson’s annual re-enactment highlights a pivotal time in U.S. history that changed our nation forever,” Gregory Thomas, site manager, said.

    Scheduled events for the weekend:


    Saturday, March 26, 2011

    9 a.m. Park opens
    10:30 a.m. Cavalry Demonstration in Main Field
    11 a.m. Artillery Demonstration in Main Field
    11:30 a.m. Infantry Demonstration in Main Field
    Noon Duel in Main Field
    1 p.m. Civil War Dance Class behind Museum
    2 p.m. Battle in Main Field
    3 p.m. Medical Demonstration at Museum Cannon Platform
    3:30 p.m. Civil War Baseball game in Main Field—visitors are invited to participate
    5 p.m. Park Closes

    Sunday, March 27, 2011
    9 a.m. Park opens
    10 a.m. Re-enactors’ Church Service at Museum Cannon Platform
    11 a.m. Cavalry Demonstration in Main Field
    11:30 a.m. Infantry Demonstration in Main Field
    Noon Duel in Main Field
    12:30 p.m. Artillery Demonstration in Main Field
    1:30 p.m. Battle in Main Field
    2:30 p.m. Medical Demonstration at Museum Cannon Platform
    3 p.m. Civil War Baseball game in Main Field—visitors are invited to participate
    5 p.m. Park Closes


    Ongoing events during the weekend include living history demonstrations at the campsite next to the museum tower and sutlers selling reproduction Civil War merchandise.

    The Zachary High School band will be on site to sell concessions, or visitors can bring their own picnic lunches. The picnic area is located on the north side of the main field.

    Port Hudson SHS is the site of the longest genuine siege in American military history. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974, the site is host to Civil War re-enactments and living history events throughout the year. The site is located on U.S. 61 near Zachary, about 15 minutes north of Baton Rouge. For more information, call 888.677.3400 toll free or 654.3775 in the Zachary area.

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    Virginia House Committee Tables Deer

    U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
    801 Kingsmill Parkway, Columbus, OH 43229
    Ph. 614/888-4868 • Fax 614/888-0326
    Website: www.ussportsmen.org • E-mail: [email protected]
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Greg R. Lawson (614) 888-4868 x 214
    February 16, 2011 Sharon Hayden (614) 888-4868 x 226Virginia House Committee Tables Deer, Elk, and Bear Damage Bill


    (Columbus, OH) – Sportsmen should thank Committee members for voting to stop a bill that would have allowed for the unlimited killing of deer, elk and bear.
    Senate Bill 868, introduced by Senator Richard Stuart (R- Montross), would have required the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to issue agricultural damage kill permits to any person claiming that deer, elk, or bear were causing agricultural damage without first investigating if any damage actually occurred.
    “This bill was pushing through at a break-neck pace and would have had a devastating effect on the state’s deer, elk, and bear populations,” said Rob Sexton, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance vice president for government affairs. “Sportsmen should thank members of the House Committee for putting the breaks on this bill and for protecting professional management of the state’s deer, elk, and bear populations.”
    Today the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee voted to table the bill, which likely will kill the bill for the remainder of the year.
    Current law requires the Department to investigate claims of agricultural damage before damage permits can be issued. Only after finding the damage was actually caused by a deer or bear can the Department allow the removal of the problem deer and bear. Additionally, in current law only deer and bear are subject to damage permits. This bill would have also allowed the state’s limited elk population to be included in the damage permits.
    A coalition of sportsmen’s and conservation organizations including the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance along with the National Wild Turkey Federation, National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Rifle Association, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Safari Club International, Quality Deer Management Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and many others all pushed to stop the bill.
    The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen’s organizations that protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs.
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    Audubon state historic site

    NEWS RELEASE
    Office of State Parks

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Daniel Wilcox
    January 5, 2011 ph. 225-635-3739
    AUDUBON STATE HISTORIC SITE PRESENTS
    CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY JAN. 22-23
    ST. FRANCISVILLE –Louisiana’s Civil War past comes alive at Audubon State Historic Site for a Civil War Living History program on Saturday and Sunday Jan. 22-23.
    Civil War reenactors dressed in authentic reproduction costumes of the armies of both North and South will be on hand to present a look at life in Civil War Louisiana. The day’s demonstrations, starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. until 2:30 pm Sunday, will include drills, black powder weapon demonstrations, open hearth cooking, costume talks, camp life, and more. There will be a small scale reenactment of a Civil War battle at 1:30 PM each day.
    "This program starts the commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial in Louisiana, a nationwide event marking the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War . We encourage those visiting to learn the rest of the story of the Civil War in the Felicianas by visiting Port Hudson State Historic Site, only a few miles south of Audubon. “ said John House, site manager.
    Audubon SHS is the setting for the 200-year-old Oakley House, temporary home and inspiration to John James Audubon in the 1800s. The park includes a museum, picnic areas, Historic buildings, pavilion, and nature trail. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Oakley House and its lush natural settings are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.
    The $4 adult admission to Audubon SHS includes the site video history presentation, the plantation house tour and all special programs. Children (12 and under) and senior citizens (62 and older) are admitted free. Audubon SHS is located 30 minutes north of Baton Rouge near St. Francisville on La. 965 in West Feliciana Parish. For more information, call 1-888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739 in the St. Francisville area.


    John R. House III.
    Site Manager
    Audubon State Historic Site
    Louisiana Office of State Parks
    Office: (225) 635-3739
    Fax: (225) 784-0578
    "Audubon State Historic Site...Where Louisiana comes Alive "

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    Palmetto Island State Park Extends

    PRESS RELEASE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard
    January 5, 2011 ph. 225-342-5473
    Palmetto Island State Park Extends Availability
    Park to remain open through the end of June

    BATON ROUGE – Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne announced today that funding has been secured to keep Palmetto Island State Park in Vermilion Parish open through the remainder of the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Fundraising efforts by the Community Foundation of Acadiana has generated enough financial support to keep the park open past January 31. Reservations for dates beginning February 1 can be made effective Monday, January 10.
    “We are pleased to be able to keep this new recreational facility open and available to the people of Louisiana and to our visitors,” said Lt. Governor Dardenne, whose office oversees the Office of State Parks. “The great work of the Community Foundation of Acadiana, along with the support and donations by communities, businesses and individuals around the state, are certainly appreciated. Each donation received represents the importance of our state park system. I’d like to extend my thanks to each contributor, for allowing us to keep this beautiful park open.”
    The park opened October 28, with a fundraising cook-off and concert the following Saturday. All cabins and campsites in the park were completely booked for the opening weekend, and nearly 300 reservations were made within the first 24 hours of the park’s availability through ReserveAmerica.com
    Following the opening and in wake of the park’s success, the Office of State Parks, in collaboration with Louisiana’s Office of the Lt. Governor and the Community Foundation of Acadiana, established the Palmetto Island State Park Fund and is soliciting private donations to keep the park operational.
    “We certainly appreciate the contributions from Palmetto Island State Park’s many supporters,” said Dr. Stuart Johnson, Assistant Secretary for the Office of State Parks. “The last few months have been encouraging, as we have seen growing support for our parks and historic sites…from these donations for Palmetto Island to community partnerships allowing us to re-open Plaquemine Lock and Fort Jesup State Historic Sites.”
    Palmetto Island State Park is host to 6 cabins and 96 RV camping sites for overnight visitors. The park also features a visitor center, conference room and picnic pavilions for guests to enjoy. Daytime and overnight guests have access to all of these amenities along with a boat launch into the Vermilion River, fishing piers, a state of the art water playground and a .75 mile nature trail.
    Reservations for overnight accommodations can be made through the Call Center at 1-877-226-7652 or online at www.ReserveAmerica.com, for stays beginning the night of October 28.
    Palmetto Island State Park is located off LA Hwy. 82 in Vermilion Parish, approximately 7 miles south of Abbeville. The 1,299-acre site offers a mixture of swamps and the plentiful foliage for which the site is named. For more information about Palmetto Island State Park, visit www.lastateparks.com, call 877-677-0094 toll free or 893-3930 locally. More information on the Palmetto Island State Park Fund and the Community Foundation of Acadiana can be found at www.cfacadiana.org.
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    Poverty Point State Historic Site

    PRESS RELEASE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard
    November 9, 2010 ph. 225-342-5473


    Poverty Point State Historic Site Designated as an
    Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution
    BATON ROUGE – Poverty Point State Historic Site, located in northeast Louisiana, has been accepted as a Smithsonian Affiliate. The site is one of four Affiliates in the state, and one of only 160 Affiliate museums and cultural organizations in the United States.
    “I am pleased to announce that Poverty Point State Historic Site has been given the honor of being named a Smithsonian Affiliate,” said Lt. Governor Scott Angelle. “This is a tremendous honor and I look forward to this partnership with the world-renowned Smithsonian Institution.”
    Poverty Point SHS offers visitors educational programs, interpretive exhibits with unique artifacts on display, and the opportunity to experience some of North America’s most complex earthen mound architecture reflecting the Native American culture that resided in the area centuries before European settlement of the Western Hemisphere. Archaeological digs are an on-going venture at the site, with continuous discoveries revealing discoveries on the daily lives of the area’s residents. Office of State Parks staff also offer programs that demonstrate many of the tools – such as atlatls and cooking balls – that have been excavated on the site.
    “This is certainly a great honor to be affiliated with the country’s foremost cultural institution,” said Dr. Stuart Johnson, the Assistant Secretary for the Office of State Parks. “We look forward to working with the Smithsonian for a greater exposure of the significant archaeological findings at Poverty Point.”
    The Smithsonian’s collections-based Affiliations program provides access to pieces within the Institution’s 136 million object collection, enabling Affiliates to augment their existing exhibits and enhance the visitors’ experience to their sites. Smithsonian Affiliates may integrate Smithsonian artifacts and collections into their exhibitions, their educational initiatives and their research programs.
    “The Smithsonian Institution is honored to launch this affiliation with the Louisiana Office of State Parks,” stated Harold A. Closter, Smithsonian Affiliations Director. “The Smithsonian has played a major role in studying and explaining the significance of the earthworks at Poverty Point, and now through this partnership, we hope to share that story on a broader scale. We look forward to working together with the staff of the Louisiana Office of State Parks who have done such an excellent job of preserving and interpreting this remarkable site.”
    Smithsonian Affiliates partner, and share resources, in an effort to share America's artistic, scientific, and historic heritage. Visitors from across the country come together to experience the landmark moments of space flight, the mystery of gems, the beauty of nature, the passion of art, and the march of history at their local Affiliate site. More information on Smithsonian Affiliates can be found at www.affiliations.si.edu.
    Poverty Point State Historic Site offers visitors the opportunity to study the
    culture of area inhabitants from 1600 to 1300 B.C. Many items found during excavations have been determined to come from as far away as the Ohio and Tennessee River valleys, and the Appalachians of Alabama and Georgia, indicating that the Poverty Point civilization was heavily involved in trade.
    The $4 admission to the historic site provides access to the area museum, video and tram tour. Children (12 and under) and senior citizens (62 and over) are admitted free. Poverty Point is located in West Carroll Parish, east of Monroe on La. 577. For more information on the site, call 1-888-926-5492 toll free or 926-5492 locally.

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    Forts Randolph & Buhlow SHS

    PRESS RELEASE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard
    October 27, 2010 ph. 225-342-5473


    Forts Randolph & Buhlow SHS
    to Open in Pineville on Nov. 18
    BATON ROUGE – Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site will open to the public, Thursday, Nov. 18, with a free day in the park and dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. Following the ceremony, site tours will be offered and there will be a live performance of Civil War-era music by local junior high students.
    “I am excited to announce the opening of Forts Randoph & Buhlow State Historic Site,” said Lt. Governor Scott Angelle. “This site represents an incredible piece of Louisiana’s history and is an invaluable new tourism opportunity for Central Louisiana.”
    The $4.4 million project was funded by a combination of Capital Outlay funds and monies provided by the Red River Waterway Commission (RRWC). Operational funds have also been provided by the RRWC, allowing the site to open during the current fiscal year.
    “Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site will be a wonderful addition to our system,” said Dr. Stuart Johnson, Assistant Secretary for the Office of State Parks. “the Red River Waterway Commission and the City of Pineville are great partners, fully supporting this site and the Office of State Parks’ mission to preserve and interpret our state’s history.”
    Forts Randolph and Buhlow were part of the Red River Campaign during the Civil War. Interpretation and programs at this site will connect with Mansfield SHS and Port Hudson SHS on the whole Campaign and the subsequent Civil War events.
    After the Battle of Mansfield, halting the Union advance to the West in Spring of 1864, Forts Randolph and Buhlow were constructed on the Red River at Alexandria by Confederates in order to repel future Union attacks through Northwest Louisiana. The earthen forts, constructed using local plantation slave labor, where fortified with cannon and troops, and never saw battle.
    Fort Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site, located on Red River in downtown Pineville, includes visitor center with Civil War, an elevated boardwalk around both fort sites, and an overlook near the southern portion of the Bailey’s Dam site. The site has an open field for Civil War re-enactments. Admission to the site is $4 per person; children (12 and under) and senior citizens (62 and over) are admitted free. For more information about the site, visit www.lastateparks.com or call 1-888-677-7437 toll free or 484-2390 locally.
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    Court of Appeals Upholds Major Sportsmen’s Victory in M

    U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation
    801 Kingsmill Parkway, Columbus, OH 43229
    Ph. 614/888-4868 • Fax 614/888-0326
    Website: www.ussportsmen.org • E-mail: [email protected]
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Greg R. Lawson (614) 888-4868 x 214
    October 21, 2010 Sharon Hayden (614) 888-4868 x 226
    Court of Appeals Upholds Major Sportsmen’s Victory in Maine


    U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation and Leading Trapping Groups
    Win Again in Precedent Setting Case
    (Columbus) – Trappers in Maine and sportsmen nationwide scored a huge victory after a Federal Court of Appeals rejected an effort from anti-hunting groups seeking to use the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to stop trapping in the state. This decision reaffirms a lower court decision that set a precedent against manipulation of the ESA to stop hunting, fishing, and trapping.
    “We are ecstatic and relieved that this lawsuit is no longer a threat to our lifestyle as we prepare to open the 2010 trapping season,” said Skip Trask of the Maine Trappers Association. “The Maine Trappers Association couldn’t be happier with this decision. It is much more than just a victory for Maine. This decision will help protect all trapping and other sports from coast to coast. We appreciate the support and guidance of the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation (USSAF) legal team and all of our partners.”
    The anti-hunting groups had originally filed the suit in 2008 against the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. They had argued that Maine’s trapping regulations provided insufficient protection for the Canada lynx, a species listed as threatened under the ESA, and thus required the season to be stopped.
    The USSAF, along with the Maine Trappers’ Association, Fur Takers of America, National Trappers’ Association, and several individual sportsmen, intervened in the case on behalf of the state. The groups argued that those seeking to shut down an entire season of trapping (or hunting or fishing) must not only prove the incidental take of an ESA-protected species, but also “irreparable harm” to the population.
    In the initial lower court decision, Judge Woodcock concluded that the take of individual members of a reasonably numerous protected species does not necessarily meet the requirement of irreparable harm. He also indicated that the take of lynx occurring in Maine foothold traps, typically catch-and-release incidents, did not constitute irreparable harm in this case. Consequently, Judge Woodcock declined the injunction and the trapping season was able to take place.
    Unhappy with the result, the anti-hunting groups filed an appeal in December, 2009 seeking to reverse Judge Woodcock’s decision. The USSAF and the others immediately filed legal briefs in order to defend the major legal victory.
    In the unanimous opinion rejecting the appeal, Chief Judge Lynch affirmed Judge Woodcock’s findings that the plaintiffs’ failed to demonstrate the irreparable harm necessary for an injunction. Judge Lynch then went on to criticize the plaintiffs’ last-minute request for lesser sanctions restricting trapping. In the lower court, Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) expressly refused that option and instead pursued a full ban on trapping.
    “It may well have done so for tactical reasons, preferring to stress the inadequacy of other remedies in order to strengthen its case for injunctive relief against foothold traps,” wrote Lynch. “Parties are held to their choices and AWI's bait and switch tactics in the courts are to be deplored, not rewarded.”
    The latest decision should assist in the defense of any further lawsuits by anti-trappers. It leaves the plaintiffs in this case with few options other than a petition to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case. The Supreme Court agrees to consider only a few dozen cases a year out of the many hundreds of cases filed with it each year.
    “It was clear all along that anti-hunters were looking to set a precedent that could be used in state after state to shut down not only trapping, but hunting and fishing as well,” said Bud Pidgeon, USSAF president and CEO. “With this strong decision, antis are going to have a far more difficult time doing this.”
    About the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation
    The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing, trapping, and shooting – that generate the money to pay for them. The Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible.
    About the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
    The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen’s organizations that protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, www.ussportsmen.org.

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    Halloween Hayride & Hoopla 5:30 - 8 p.m. on October 30t

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
    October 20, 2010 ph. 985-792-4652

    Halloween Hayride & Hoopla 5:30 - 8 p.m. on October 30th
    at Fairview-Riverside State Park
    MADISONVILLE – The staff invites visitors to take a hayride through the park grounds and enjoy the haunting trivia revealing Halloween’s true traditions as the ride meanders through the campground to the Swampwalk trailhead entrance. Here, riders will exit the hayride for a guided mystery walk through the swamp where Madisonville’s legendary Silk Lady has recently been cited! Hayrides will exit the day-use area every 15 minutes, last one being at 7:45 pm. At 6:00 pm, guests of all ages can enjoy storytelling as the Porta-Puppet Players present “Witch Class” featuring “Broomella” a witch with amnesia, who needs help from the audience to conduct her witchery! Children are invited to play
    apple dunk…a new twist on an old tradition. Children’s costume contest age groups: 5 & under, 6 – 9 and 10 – 15. Judging will begin at 7:30 pm. All ages are welcome to bring your completed carved pumpkin and a candle or pumpkin light for illuminating it for the carved pumpkin contest (call for details). Pizza slices and non-alcoholic beverages will be offered for sale under the pavilion.
    The program is free with park admission of $1 per person ages 4 - 61. Children 3 and under or seniors 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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    Halloween Hayride & Hoopla

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
    October 8, 2010 ph. 985-792-4652

    Halloween Hayride & Hoopla 5:30 - 8 p.m. on October 30th
    at Fairview-Riverside State Park
    MADISONVILLE – The staff invites visitors to take a hayride through the park grounds and enjoy the haunting trivia revealing Halloween’s true traditions as the ride meanders through the campground to the Swampwalk trailhead entrance. Here, riders will exit the hayride for a guided mystery walk through the swamp where Madisonville’s legendary Silk Lady has recently been cited! Hayrides will exit the day-use area every 15 minutes, last one being at 7:45 pm. At 6:00 pm, guests of all ages can enjoy storytelling as the Porta-Puppet Players present “Witch Class” featuring “Broomella” a witch with amnesia, who needs help from the audience to conduct her witchery! Children are invited to play apple dunk…a new twist on an old tradition. Children’s costume contest age groups: 5 & under, 6 – 9 and 10 – 15. Judging will begin at 7:30 pm. All ages are welcome to bring your completed carved pumpkin and a candle or pumpkin light for illuminating it for the carved pumpkin contest (call for details). Pizza slices and non-alcoholic beverages will be offered for sale under the pavilion.
    The program is free with park admission of $1 per person ages 4 - 61. Children 3 and under or seniors 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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    Boat Launches at Chicot


    TRAVEL ADVISORY

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard
    September 17, 2010 ph. 225-342-5473

    Boat Launches at Chicot State Park
    Closed Due to Lake Drawdown for Bridge Repairs

    VILLE PLATTE – Visitors to Chicot State Park are advised that all boat launches are closed, effective Sept. 20, while the Dept. of Transportation & Development (DOTD) performs routine bridge inspection and repairs during the first two weeks of October.
    The boat launches located near the north and south campgrounds are closed due to low lake levels creating unsafe conditions for boating. The East Landing and its boat launch is also closed to the public due to low lake levels.
    Repair time on the bridge pilings is anticipated to take 2 weeks, once the lake is drawn down to a suitable working depth and the mud line is dry enough to work on. After all repairs are completed and when water levels begin to rise and boaters have safe access to the lake, fishing in Lake Chicot will be re-opened.
    Following the Labor Day weekend, DOTD opened the control structure on the lake and allow the water level to recede 3 to 4 inches per day. Starting Sept. 20, the lake closed to fishing during the drawdown in accordance with Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries regulations.
    Overnight guests with reservations at Chicot State Park during this period can contact Customer Service at 1-877-226-7652 for more information. Visit www.lastateparks.com for more information about Louisiana State Parks.
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    West florida rebellion bicentennial

    NEWS RELEASE
    Office of State Parks
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Daniel Wilcox
    September 13, 2010 1-888-677-2838

    WEST FLORIDA REBELLION BICENTENNIAL AT AUDUBON STATE HISTORIC SITE
    ST. FRANCISVILLE -- Visitors of all ages are invited to Audubon State Historic Site during the West Florida Rebellion BiCentennial programs from Sept. 24 through 26, 2010.
    From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 24th , area schools are invited to participate in this immersive program. Students will experience hands on history as they work as the colonists did, taste the food they ate, and learn of the lives they led. All school groups must preregister with the park to participate in this program.
    From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, visitors to the park will get a look into the life of the colonists in Louisiana in 1810. The public may try their hand at crafts and skills that were performed daily. Activities will include camp life, black powder demonstrations, period dance and dance lessons, politics of 1810, crafts, military drills, and a reenacted skirmish of the 1810 rebellion. Guest speakers include David Bice author of “ The Original Lone Star Republic”. On Sunday at 2:00 PM activities continue with Dr. David E. Narrett, Professor/Historian speaking on the Kemper Brothers and the Southwest Frontier along with the unveiling of a representation of the St. Francisville Hotel, the headquarters of the West Florida Republic. There will also be a donation of a copy of the portrait of Mary Ann Gray Smith, a daughter of Oakley House during 1810 by Mrs. Fredric Figge II.
    The West Florida Rebellion Bicentennial is a recreatment of the sights and sounds of the West Florida Rebellion sponsored by the Louisiana Office of State Parks at Audubon State Historic Site.” said John House, Manager of Audubon S.H.S. “The program gives the visitors a chance to glimpse of history that has been long forgotten of this second American revolution. It is a unique opportunity for the public to stay at a Bed and breakfast in St. Francisville that was here during the rebellion and then experience for themselves what it was like to live in those turbulent times.”
    Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Oakley House and its lush natural settings are open daily for tours throughout the year. The park includes an Interpretive Center, Oakley House, slave cabins, gardens, kitchen, trails, picnic area and picnic pavilion.
    Audubon SHS is located north of Baton Rouge near St. Francisville on La. 965 in West Feliciana Parish. The fee is $4 per person with children (12 and under) and seniors (62 and over) admitted free. For more information, call 1-888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739 in the St. Francisville area.


    John R. House III.
    Site Manager
    Audubon State Historic Site
    Louisiana Office of State Parks
    Office: (225) 635-3739
    Fax: (225) 784-0578
    "Audubon State Historic Site...Where Louisiana comes Alive "

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    Lake Chicot Drawn Down for Bridge Repairs

    TRAVEL ADVISORY


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard
    August 18, 2010 ph. 225-342-5473


    Lake Chicot Drawn Down for Bridge Repairs


    VILLE PLATTE – Visitors to Chicot State Park are advised that lake levels will be drawn down, beginning in early September, in order for the Dept. of Transportation & Development (DOTD) to perform routine bridge inspection and repairs during the first two weeks of October.
    Initial inspections of the bridge that crosses the Walker Branch cove, on North Landing Road in Chicot State Park, has shown that a number of pilings on the bridge are due for repair. Following the Labor Day weekend, DOTD will open the control structure on the lake and allow the water level to recede 3 to 4 inches per day. Starting Sept. 20, the lake will be closed to fishing during the drawdown in accordance with Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries largemouth bass length limits.
    Repair time on the bridge pilings is anticipated to take 2 weeks, once the lake is drawn down to a suitable working depth and the mud line is dry enough to work on. After all repairs are completed and when water levels begin to rise and boaters have safe access to the lake, fishing in Lake Chicot will be re-opened.
    Overnight guests with reservations at Chicot State Park during this period can contact Customer Service at 1-877-226-7652 for more information. Visit www.lastateparks.com for more information about Louisiana State Parks.

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    State Park presents “Skulls, Skins, & Scat…

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes

    August 18, 2010 ph. 985-792-4652

    Fairview-Riverside State Park presents “Skulls, Skins, & Scat…What animal is that?” on August 21st


    MADISONVILLE – Park guests of all ages are invited to enjoy a nature program, “Skulls, Skins, and Scat…What animal is that?” on August 21st at 9:30 a.m. The presentation will be under the oaks near Otis House Museum in the day-use area of the park. Learn about the abundance of nature at the park with hands-on learning aids. Explore the teeth and claws of the alligator; learn about predator/prey relationships
    while examining the skulls of various animals and feel the furs of many indigenous species. The Interpretive ranger will discuss characteristics of mammals, birds and reptiles that help them survive in their habitat.
    The program is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors aged 62+ or children under 3 admitted free of charge. The site also includes camping, a day use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River and Otis House museum. Call 985-792-4652 locally for more information or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
    August 18, 2010 ph. 985-792-4652

    Basket Weaving Demonstration at Fairview-Riverside State Park August 28th
    MADISONVILLE – Visitors at Fairview-Riverside State Park on August 28th at 2 pm can enjoy a skilled basket weaver assembling a basket. A variety of baskets and techniques can be discussed during the demonstration as well as how to decorate, dye, and where to purchase supplies.
    The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 - 61, children under 3and seniors aged 62+ are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area, and Otis House Museum. For more information call toll free 1-888-677-3247 or locally 985-792-4652.
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
    August 18, 2010 ph. 985-792-4652

    Chair Caning Demonstration at Fairview-Riverside State Park August 28th

    MADISONVILLE – Visitors at Fairview-Riverside State Park on August 28th at 2:30 pm can enjoy a skilled demonstrator restoring a piece of furniture while learning why caned seats and backs gained popularity during the 1800’s. The demonstrator will explain the steps and tools necessary to attempt a similar project.
    The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4– 61, children 3 and under and seniors aged 62+ are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and Otis House Museum. For more information call toll free 1-888-677-3247 or locally 985-792-4652.
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    State Park presents “Skulls, Skins, & Scat…

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes

    August 5, 2010 ph. 985-792-4652

    Fairview-Riverside State Park presents “Skulls, Skins, & Scat…What animal is that?” on August 21st


    MADISONVILLE – Park guests of all ages are invited to enjoy a nature program, “Skulls, Skins, and Scat…What animal is that?” on August 21st at 9:30 a.m. The presentation will be under the oaks near Otis House Museum in the day-use area of the park. Learn about the abundance of nature at the park with hands-on learning aids. Explore the teeth and claws of the alligator; learn about predator/prey relationships
    while examining the skulls of various animals and feel the furs of many indigenous species. The Interpretive ranger will discuss characteristics of mammals, birds and reptiles that help them survive in their habitat.
    The program is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors aged 62+ or children under 3 admitted free of charge. The site also includes camping, a day use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River and Otis House museum. Call 985-792-4652 locally for more information or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
    August 5, 2010 ph. 985-792-4652

    Basket Weaving Demonstration at Fairview-Riverside State Park August 28th
    MADISONVILLE – Visitors at Fairview-Riverside State Park on August 28th at 2 pm can enjoy a skilled basket weaver assembling a basket. A variety of baskets and techniques can be discussed during the demonstration as well as how to decorate, dye, and where to purchase supplies.
    The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 - 61, children under 3and seniors aged 62+ are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area, and Otis House Museum. For more information call toll free 1-888-677-3247 or locally 985-792-4652.



    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
    August 5, 2010 ph. 985-792-4652

    Chair Caning Demonstration at Fairview-Riverside State Park August 28th

    MADISONVILLE – Visitors at Fairview-Riverside State Park on August 28th at 2:30 pm can enjoy a skilled demonstrator restoring a piece of furniture while learning why caned seats and backs gained popularity during the 1800’s. The demonstrator will explain the steps and tools necessary to attempt a similar project.
    The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4– 61, children 3 and under and seniors aged 62+ are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and Otis House Museum. For more information call toll free 1-888-677-3247 or locally 985-792-4652.
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    BugMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park July



    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
    July 15, 2010 985-792-4652
    BugMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park July 29th


    MADISONVILLE – Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on July 29th are invited to an educational program with the Audubon Nature Institute’s BugMobile at 10 a.m. Squeaking beetles, running crickets, hairy spiders, and stinging scorpions are a few of the many bugs featured. The BugMobile staff will be under the oaks in the day-use area of the park near Otis House Museum. This lively and entertaining presentation includes general arthropod biology, anatomy, defenses, and information about Formosan subterranean termites.
    The program is free with park admission of $1 per person ages 4 – 61. Children 3 and under are admitted free as well as senior citizens 62+. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St.Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and Otis house Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 locally or 1-888-677-3247 toll free.
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
    July 15, 2010 ph. 985-792-4652

    Fairview-Riverside State Park to host a Swamp Invaders! Trail Hike July 31st
    MADISONVILLE: Visitors to the park on July 31st are invited to meet at 9:00 am in the day-use area of the park near the steam engine pavilion and hike through the primitive camping area to the boardwalk that loops through a segment of the swamp. Bring bug repellent, sun block and perhaps a bottle of water. Along the mile long hike, enjoy the flora and fauna in its natural environment. Led by volunteer Master Gardner, Julie Deus, native and invasive species of marsh plants, weeds and trees will be identified.
    The program is free with park admission of $1 per person ages 4 – 61. Children 3 and under are admitted free as well as senior citizens 62+. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St.Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and Otis house Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 locally or 1-888-677-3247 toll free.
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    PLAQUEMINE MAIN STREET 10th YEAR JULY 4th CELEBRATION

    NEWS RELEASE

    Office of State Parks



    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Kathleen Mocklin
    June 21, 2010 ph. (225) 687-7158


    PLAQUEMINE MAIN STREET 10th YEAR JULY 4th CELEBRATION


    PLAQUEMINE – The Plaquemine Main Street Program, the City of Plaquemine and the Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site invites the public to come out and enjoy the Plaquemine Main Street 10th Annual July 4th Celebration.

    On Sunday, July 4, the City of Plaquemine will be the place to celebrate our nations’ birthday with good old-fashioned fun, games and food. The day’s event has family-oriented activities, with free admission to the Bayou Water Front Park, Plaquemine Lock S.H.S. and Iberville Museum.

    At 4:15 p.m. the boat parade will depart from the boat ramp across from the Iberville Parish Jail on Bayou Road. It will arrive at 5 p.m. at the Bayou Water Front Park with the 2010 Grand Marshals leading the parade. Our Grand Marshals are past and present veterans. All boats are welcomed to participate in the boat parade with no registration fee. A patriotic themed boat decoration is encouraged. Those wanting to enter the boat parade can simply show up at 4 p.m. at the boat launch on Bayou Plaquemine near the parish jail.

    The Iberville Museum will be open from 2-6 p.m. with free admission. There will also be a nautical knot tying demonstration located in front of the Iberville museum from 2-6 p.m.The Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site will be open with free admission from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be tours of the Lock House and the Historic Boat Pavilion with a special boat motor demonstration by the Old Engine Boat Club from 3-8 p.m. at the back of site’s grounds.


    Meanwhile the Waterfront Park will be filled with other activities, such as a Children’s Village with space walks, games, face painting and more starting at 5 p.m. Booth vendor’s spaces for food and crafts are still available. Please contact 687-3116 for information.

    At 6 p.m. music will start with the sounds of Unfinished Business with a jitter bug dance contest held at 7 p.m. on the boardwalk in front of the band. Most activities will take place at the Bayou Water Front Park starting at 5-9 p.m. At 9 p.m. the day is capped off with a dramatic fireworks display. The City of Plaquemine also asks visitors to bring their lawn chairs, but not their ice chests, into the Water Front Park.

    Plaquemine Lock S.H.S. is on the National Historic Register and celebrates the 101st Anniversary of its opening this year. The site is located in historic downtown Plaquemine, 13 miles south of Baton Rouge and 19 miles north of Donaldsonville. Entrance fees are $2 per person, ages 13-61, while children under the age of 12, and seniors 62 and older get in free. For more information about Plaquemine Lock SHS visit our website www.plaqlock.wordpress.com and for Louisiana State Parks, visit www.lastateparks.com.

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