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Welcome to the Friends of the Louisiana State Arboretum. Our mission is to recognize, promote, and improve the value and benefits of the Louisiana State Arboretum through management, education, research, and training. Our major goals are:

To enhance the Louisiana State Arboretum through the organization and networking of existing Arboretum programs, and the establishment of new programs in the community when there is an expressed need.

To increase public awareness of the values and benefits of the Arboretum resources and Arboretum management through public education, professional native flora and fauna training, and research.

How the Friends Began

The organizational meeting of the Friends of the Louisiana State Arboretum was held on April 27, 1996 at 2:00pm. This first meeting convened appropriately in the Louisiana State Arboretum in the rest area near the top of Trail B. The founding members at this meeting were Corine Roberie, Dawn Newman, Senator Don Hines, Susan LaHaye, Dulcie Dupre, Iris Latour, Dr. Charles Allen, and Winnifred Veillon. The main topic of discussion at this meeting was "Should an organization be formed?". The unanimous voice of those present was that an organization should be formed. Other topics of discussion at this meeting included officers, technical advisory board, goals of the organization, activities of the organization, membership, and dues.

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