Cajun Prairie once occupied 2.5 million acres in southwest Louisiana but has been reduced to less than 150 acres in detached narrow strips along railroad rights of way. This ecosystem is considered one of the most threatened in Louisiana. A project to restore a ten acre plot of Cajun Prairie began in 1988 in Eunice, Louisiana at the corner of Martin Luther King Drive and East Magnolia. Volunteers used only local seeds and plugs collected from nearby remnants so this prairie is as Cajun as can be.
Today, this site is considered the best example of Cajun Prairie and one of the best examples of prairie restoration in the area. From the grasses like big blue stem or switch grass to forbs like blazing stars, hairy sunflowers, or yellow false indigo, you will realize that this is a well established and flourishing prairie.
When you visit the Eunice Cajun Prairie Site, you can view this restored ecosystem from paved trails. Signs along the trails will help you identify some of the 300 plus species of native Cajun Prairie species that call this ten acre site their home. Throughout the year, you will find plants in flower but especially from March to October. A paved parking lot and a covered shelter for picnics make the site great for adults and school groups with lesson plans available on request.
The Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society is a non-profit organization, associated with the site. Their goal is to ensure the survival of prairie flora.