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New Project at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park

National Park Trust (NPT) will be launching a new project at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve (LA), to benefit the Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery, in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans (January 8, 2015) and the upcoming centennial celebration of the National Park Service (NPS) in 2016.

NPS and NPT will work with students from Chalmette Elementary to educate them about the unique and important historical significance of the park and this restoration project. Then the students will be assisting rangers in removing invasive species and planting native trees and foliage at the park's entrance and at the national cemetery. This multi-year project when completed will enhance the visitor experience and protect the integrity of the site.

"One of the great benefits of working with the National Park Trust on a landscaping project at the Chalmette Battlefield is the opportunity to engage young members of our neighboring community. ", stated Nigel Fields, Chief of Interpretation and Education at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve.

"NPT has learned that most of the students do not have a connection to the park which is right in their back yard. By engaging local students with this multi-year project, they will learn not only about Louisiana's rich history, but also about the important role they can play as park stewards", commented Billy Schrack, NPT's education director.