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For immediate release:
March 24, 2011

Sharon Broussard
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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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Default Annual Civil War Re-enactment during March

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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
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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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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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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.


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Louisiana Office of State Parks
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Fax: (225) 784-0578
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Default Palmetto Island State Park Extends

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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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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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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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U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation and Leading Trapping Groups
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(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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