User Login

Login Access

Search the Collections

Kisatchie Rebirth (2023)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Vernon Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2023-08-04

Duration: 00:07:56

Subjects: Disaster response and recovery | Kisatchie National Forest (La.) | Nature | TREES | Longleaf pine | Hurricane Laura, 2020


  • LeBlanc, Karen Host
  • Frerks, Brooklyn Interviewee
  • Simpson, John Interviewee
  • Caldwell, Jim Interviewee
  • Shively, Steve Interviewee


This segment from the August 4, 2023, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Karen LeBlanc’s report on the restoration efforts at Kisatchie National Forest following the destruction of 200,000 acres of longleaf pine during Hurricane Laura in 2020. LeBlanc reports that 2,500 acres have been replanted so far. She tours the recovery efforts in Vernon Parish along with: Brooklyn Frerks, forester for the Calcasieu Ranger District (CRD); John Simpson, CRD deputy ranger; Jim Caldwell, public affairs officer with the United States Forest Service; and Steve Shively, CRD forester.