National Parks Open for Business - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

National Parks Open for Business

Posted: Updated:

KISATCHIE NATIONAL FOREST, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Two days after the end of the government shutdown, national parks and forests are back open and welcoming visitors.

It's back to business as usual at the Oakland Plantation.

"Feels wonderful, we are ready for visitors, Don and I were flipping for who's going to get the first tour since we got back," said Jean Carter.

As well as the Kisatchie National Forest.

"Our recreation areas, our fee areas, the forest is definitely open again and we want people to come out and enjoy it," said Michael Dawson.

These national parks and forests were off limits during the Government Shutdown.

"It really hurts me that the visitors weren't able to enjoy these beautiful places during that time," said Laura Gates.

Don Curtis and his wife live on the Oakland Plantation and volunteer as tour guides. Even though they aren't federal employees, the shutdown left them without a job to do.

"We would walk the grounds a couple times a day, and so would the park, otherwise we just did sightseeing," said Curtis.

Now that the gates are opened, Curtis says he's happy to be back where he belongs.

"I really enjoy doing this, and there's so much history here and it's an important part of this whole area, and this community," said Curtis. @

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Vernon Parish Police Reports

    Vernon Parish Police Reports

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:38 AM EDT2014-04-22 15:38:16 GMT
    Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces recent arrests as follows:More >>
    Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces recent arrests as follows:More >>
  • Teen driver arrested for vehicular homicide

    Teen driver arrested for vehicular homicide

    Monday, April 21 2014 11:41 PM EDT2014-04-22 03:41:45 GMT
    RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - On Monday, a single vehicle crash killed a woman from Holden, La. and injured a teenager.  The teenager driver is suspected of driving impaired and has been charged and booked, according to Louisiana State Police. More >>
    RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - On Monday, a single vehicle crash killed a woman from Holden, La. and injured a teenager.  The teenager driver is suspected of driving impaired and has been charged and booked, according to Louisiana State Police. More >>
  • Texas teen killed in freak SUV accident

    Texas teen killed in freak SUV accident

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-04-22 15:49:41 GMT
    ARLINGTON, Texas (CBS News) - A family is searching for answers after a teenage girl was killed after falling from a moving vehicle, CBS Dallas reported Monday.The incident occurred early Saturday after a group of friends had left a Dallas nightclub. Police said that 17-year-old Lelys Leyva-Monreal fell from the window of a moving SUV and was then struck by that vehicle.Friends and family members said that the group of friends -- including Leyva-Monreal and her boyfriend -- were driving home ...More >>
    ARLINGTON, Texas (CBS News) - A family is searching for answers after a teenage girl was killed after falling from a moving vehicle, CBS Dallas reported Monday.The incident occurred early Saturday after a group of friends had left a Dallas nightclub. Police said that 17-year-old Lelys Leyva-Monreal fell from the window of a moving SUV and was then struck by that vehicle.Friends and family members said that the group of friends -- including Leyva-Monreal and her boyfriend -- were driving home ...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KALB. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.