Kisatchie National Forest quarter launch ceremony ready to take flight
Pineville, LA (March 18, 2015) - Kisatchie National Forest officials along with representatives from the United States Mint are pleased to announce the ceremonial launch of the America the Beautiful Quarter featuring Kisatchie National Forest. On Wednesday, April 22nd at 10 a.m. at the Alexandria Riverfront Center located in downtown Alexandria, the quarter featuring Kisatchie National Forest will be celebrated.
“We are thrilled to represent the State of Louisiana in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program,” said Eddie Taylor, Kisatchie National Forest Supervisor. “This is an incredible honor and an opportunity to showcase the Kisatchie, Louisiana’s only National Forest.” Known throughout the south as an outstanding turkey hunting destination, the Kisatchie quarter depicts an Eastern Wild Turkey in flight over blue stem grass with Longleaf pine trees in the background.
The ceremony will include live music, singing, videos, presentations and much more. Each person 18 years and younger will receive a newly minted Kisatchie quarter. Adults will have the opportunity to exchange cash for rolls of uncirculated Kisatchie National Forest quarters. Tom Tidwell, Chief of the US Forest Service, B. B. Craig, Associate Director for Environment, Safety, and Health of the U.S. Mint, along with other elected officials and dignitaries from across the state will attend.
“The Kisatchie quarter launch is forging new relationships and strengthening existing ones within our community, explained Jim Caldwell, Public Affairs Officer for Kisatchie National Forest. “We could not put an event of this magnitude together on our own,” said Caldwell. “We have community partners who are excited about this historic event, and have a love of Louisiana and the Kisatchie National Forest.”
Community sponsors and partners are Red River Bank, the official bank of the Kisatchie quarter launch. The Alexandria- Pineville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Louisiana Forestry Association, Atwood’s Bakery, Alexandria Town Talk, KALB-TV, Cenla Broadcasting, Cenla Focus, Phillips Signs, Kent Plantation House, Southern Forest Heritage Museum, Clyde Holloway Nursery, Peabody Magnet High School and Pineville High School.
The Kisatchie National Forest quarter launch event is free and everyone is invited to attend. For more information about this event contact the Forest Supervisor’s office at (318) 473-7160 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/kisatchie or www.usmint.gov/events
About the America the Beautiful Quarters Program
The America the Beautiful Quarters Program is a multi-year initiative to honor 56 national parks and other national sites in each state, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Territories. Each year until 2020, the U.S. Mint will release five new quarters with reverse designs representing select national sites. The quarters are being issued based on the order in which the sites were established. The final coin in the program will be released in 2021.