by Hannah Richardson
The annual Briarwood Spring Picnic at Briarwood Nature Preserve will be Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Caroline Dormon, born in 1888, was a botanist, horticulturist, historian, preservationist, conservationist and author. She was also the first woman to be employed in the United States Forest Service. Her home and birthplace, Briarwood, is the headquarters of the Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve in Saline. Today, the preserve carries out her work in maintaining the wildlife native to the south and educating others on its importance.
The plaque deeming the Briarwood Nature Preserve as a National Historic Place will be unveiled at the picnic by guest of honor, Phil Boggan with the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development. The site was deemed a National Historic Place Nov. 8, 2016.