By United States Department of Agriculture….
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. Central Daylight Time (CDT) at the Alexandria Riverfront Center located at 707 Main St. 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 $10 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; Tony Tooke, Regional Forester, United States Forest Service; and Eddie Taylor–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.”
The evening before the launch ceremony–Tuesday, April 21, at 6 p.m. CDT–the United States Mint will host a coin forum at the Kent Plantation House, 3601 Bayou Rapides Road, Alexandria, Louisiana, 71303.
The coin forum is an opportunity for the public to express their views about future coinage, and to learn about upcoming United States Mint coin programs and initiatives.
The Kisatchie National Forest quarter is the 27th release in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, a 12-year initiative to honor 56 national parks and other national sites authorized by Public Law 110-456. Each year, the public will see five new national sites depicted on the reverse (tails side) of the America the Beautiful Quarters. The United States Mint is issuing these quarters in the order in which the national sites were officially established.
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A digital image of the Kisatchie National Forest quarter is available at http://www.usmint.gov/pressroom/?action=photo#AmericaTheBeautiful.
Information about Kisatchie National Forest is available at http://www.fs.usda.gov/kisatchie.
Additional information about the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program is available at http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/atb/.
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UPDATE: This article was updated on April 9, 2015 to incorporate information about the public coin forum and specifics regarding the launch ceremony’s time and place and dignitaries scheduled to be in attendance. Also added were additional Mint resources specific to the Kisatchie National Forest quarter.