Field Trip

The Shreveport Geological Society invites you to attend a field trip to the Five Forks Lignite Surface Mine near Creston in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. The mine is operated by Demery Resources, LLC, a subsidiary of the North American Coal Corporation.

This will be an opportunity to see an active lignite surface mine and extensive exposures of the Wilcox Formation. The mine varies in depth from 35 to 70 feet and exposes a single 6 foot thick lignite seam which is mined by truck/shovel. Lignite is transported to the ADA Carbon Solutions plant near Coushatta and used to manufacture activated carbon.

Due to logistical constraints at the surface mine the field trip is limited to 15 people. If you are interested in attending the field trip contact David Ray Williamson (Mobile 318-465-8831 or email at david.ray.williamson@cardno.com) immediately.

We will meet at the Valero service station at the intersection of Jimmie Davis Hwy and Barksdale Blvd (Hwy 71) in Bossier City at 6:45 on Saturday morning.

We will depart Bossier City promptly at 7:00 AM and travel approximately 65 miles (approximately 1 ¼ hour) to the Five Forks mine site in our personal vehicles.

Darren Johns, Thomas Merker and other Five Forks mine personnel will conduct a tour of the mining operations. Transportation on the mine site will be provided by the mine operator.

After touring the mine we will return to Bossier City about 1:00 PM.

(NOTE: If it is raining on May 9th the field trip will be rescheduled)


Update: The field trip was a success! Darren Johns (far left) and Thomas Merker (far right) of Five Forks Mine gave a great tour. Thanks to everyone who participated. Let's take another field trip soon.