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Preserving the Chalmette Battlefield

NPT is taking a role to help preserve Chalmette Battlefield and Chalmette National Cemetery in New Orleans, LA. Here we are working with the Nation Park Service (NPS) and local schools to restore the native plants and trees.

Chalmette Battlefield resides in the Jean Lafiette National Historical Park and Preserve. Located just down river from New Orleans, this battlefield preserves the history of the final battle of the War of 1812. While the treaty ending the was signed in late 1814, due to the slow forms of communication the word never reached the troops stationed at the site. The battle was fought on January 8th, 1815 and was a resounding victory for the United States over the old European ideas of aristocracy and entitlement. This is also the battle where future President Andrew Jackson where he made a name for himself as a military and leader figure.

Over the years much of the land has been compromised, negatively impacting the Battlefield and the Cemetery. NPT working with NPT will bring student from the area to battlefield to help with the restoration project. These students will help the NPS rangers plant native trees as part of the larger stewardship project. This helps to connect the local students to learn about and participate in a long term restoration project. Through this they will learn about importance of this historic landmark and long-term preservation.