Covering Louisiana

Oct 17, 2013 6:05 PM by AP

National parks, national forest reopen in La

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - National Park Rangers Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes and Matt Hampsey resumed midafternoon concerts illustrating history with music at the Old U.S. Mint as the federal government reopened for business.

The old Mint is among three New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park sites that closed for 16 days. Other rangers returned to the six south Louisiana sites making up the Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve and the two central Louisiana plantations comprising Cane River Creole National Historical Park.

The U.S. Forest Service reopened offices and recreational areas in all five ranger districts of the Kisatchie National Forest. The forest covers 604,000 acres in seven central and north parishes - Rapides, Grant, Natchitoches, Vernon, Winn, Webster and Claiborne.

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