Case Studies, Parks & Open Spaces
Location: Friends of Louisiana State Arboretum
Chicot State Park
Ville Platte, LA
Anne Darrah: Maps and soil information signage
Kate Ferry: Habitat, etiquette, donor and species
Fifty years ago, the Louisiana State Parks and Recreation Commission created the nation’s first state- supported arboretum, selecting 300-plus acres of Chicot State Park, located in central Louisiana near the town of Ville Platte, to be made into a showcase for the state’s indigenous trees and plants. The arboretum has since expanded to some 600 acres, and a new visitor center with richly interactive exhibits was added in 2010. On January 2015, the Arboretum held a dedication ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Arboretum’s “Happy Trails” signage project, which populated the Arboretum’s nearly six mile trail system with beautiful and informative interpretive signage to enhance visitors’ educational and nature appreciation experience.