WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, today applauded the United States Forest Service for assisting the Southern Forest Heritage Museum with funding an exhibit to recognize the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) for their contributions to the forests of Louisiana.
Sen. Landrieu wrote a letter to the United States Forest Service, on behalf of the Southern Forest Heritage Museum, requesting funding assistance. The agreement that Forest Service created with the museum immediately provides the museum $80,000 through a mix of funding sources, and enables the museum to receive additional money in the future. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and the forest community raised money to build the exhibit, however additional funds were needed. An original building, constructed by the CCC, will display donated memorabilia and educate visitors on the important conservation efforts and accomplishments of the CCC. The CCC was created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, to employ young men in conservation and public works projects in Louisiana and across the country.
“I am pleased to announce that the Southern Heritage Museum is now able to complete the work started to establish an exhibit to commemorate the many great works of the Civilian Conservation Corps,” said Sen. Landrieu. “Thanks to the United States Forest Service; this exhibit given, its close proximity to the Kisatchie National Forest, is the perfect location to recognize and teach future generations about the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps’ dedication to forest conservation and the importance of forestry to Louisiana,” noted Sen. Landrieu.
In a response letter to Sen. Landrieu, Liz Agpaoa, United States Department of Agriculture Regional Forester wrote, “This cabin is a great place to preserve and showcase the history and legacy of the CCC and the work they accomplished in Louisiana. Not only will this building serve as a repository for historical artifacts, documents and photographs, but it will also tell the story of how important forestry is to Louisiana today”, noted Agpaoa. “This addition will enhance the visitor experience of the Southern Forest Heritage Museum and it will also strengthen tourism in central Louisiana.”