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  • Vanishing Paradise : Stories-gulf : Vanishing Paradise Welcomes Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator
    boat in the marsh of Plaquemines Parish reeling in trout and red fish or in a duck blind or deer stand in North Louisiana I can t help but be passionate about the value of Louisiana s coastal wetlands Brown said Louisiana s coast is my back yard and I grew up hunting and fishing these areas that unfortunately I ve also seen disappear I m extremely excited to work on Vanishing Paradise s mission of uniting hunters and anglers on restoring our Mississippi River Delta Vanishing Paradise Director Steve Bender said Erin brings passion and expertise to her new role with Vanishing Paradise Her personal connection to this landscape and to our work to restore this rapidly vanishing coastline will be extremely beneficial to our work to restore the coast Prior to working with Vanishing Paradise Erin worked at Pontchartrain Blue Crab and later as a biologist with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries building relationships with commercial and recreational fishermen across South Louisiana Erin has a bachelor s degree in environmental management and resource conservation from Louisiana State University Erin is off to a great start with Vanishing Paradise newer older Search Join VP on Recent Blogs

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Stories-gulf : Conservation On Tap Event, Gulfport, MS
    the Mississippi Wildlife Federation Deadline to register is Thursday October 15th newer older Search Join VP on Recent Blogs 04 27 16 The Bonnet Carré Provides Plenty of Recreational Opportunities 04 14 16 Register for Conservation on Tap April 20th 04 06 16 Florida Bay A Vision of Paradise in Decline Vanishing Paradise was launched in 2009 by Ducks Unlimited and National Wildlife Federation to advocate for restoration of the

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Louisiana’s RESTORE Dollars Should Not Be Redirected From Coastal Restoration
    other damages to the state and coastal parishes as a result of the disaster These funds would be more properly used for infrastructure projects The State and CPRA have publicly declared many times that funds from the RESTORE Act will go to fund a multi year plan of projects contained within the state s Master Plan The proposed Highway 1 bridge project is not a Master Plan project and funding it from these coastal restoration sources would renege on what the State and CPRA have already publicly committed Using coastal restoration funds for transportation projects sets a terrible precedent Any cost savings should be applied to the long list of coastal projects Louisiana has identified in the coastal master plan The loss of surrounding wetlands is an increasing threat We need to show that Louisiana is ready and able to properly spend money from the penalties and fines A short sighted approach could jeopardize federal funding for future restoration projects Interested in Weighing In on This Issue Call Governor Jindal s office at 225 342 7015 and ask to leave a message for Ms Palmieri Tell her it s paramount that coastal restoration dollars be spent on actual coastal restoration activities and you oppose any efforts that would take critical funds away from restoration projects Our future depends on safeguarding the funds available to carry out restoration and Louisiana has a 50 billion master plan it needs implemented There is not a penny to spare Attend the CPRA Meeting on October 21st to tell the CPRA Board to Vote NO to using RESTORE dollars for Highway 1 elevation The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority CPRA tabled a vote at their last board meeting after several authority members and representatives from national and local groups objected to the proposal The

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Stories-gulf : Outdoor Kitchen Show: “This Is A Lot Of Money. Don't Mess It Up”
    so don t just skip to the end Out of the total 18 7 billion settlement 12 6 billion will go to specific environmental damages 6 billion will go to Gulf wide economic damages Of the environmental claims 7 1 billion will go to the Gulf states to restore natural resources damaged by the spill under the Oil Pollution Act 5 5 billion will resolve Clean Water Act penalties with 80 of that 4 4 billion going directly to the five Gulf states thanks to 2012 s RESTORE Act 4 9 billion will resolve the Gulf states economic claims 1 billion for economic claims of local government entities in the Gulf states The five Gulf states are all getting money with Louisiana getting the lion s share Alabama has said that part of that money will go to fixing up a convention center and hotel that Hurricane Ivan destroyed a while back you know that twisted pile of rebar and concrete rubble still sitting on the beach near the state park That dog won t hunt here in Louisiana Repairing the ongoing damage from the oil spill is the most important going forward and the settlement dollars BP pays through the Natural Resource Damage Assessment will help the areas devastated by the spill including habitat that supports world class hunting and fishing In other words Louisiana will be using coastal restoration money on actual coastal restoration And for us sportsmen women that s very important The Gulf Coast region is an ecological and economic driver for the entire nation and sportsmen and women care about ensuring this national treasure is restored for future generations to enjoy With as many as 14 million waterfowl migrating to the Gulf s warm shores annually and salt and freshwater fishing unlike anywhere else on the planet we must make sure this entire region including the endangered Mississippi River Delta is on the path forward to long term health and recovery There are several watchdog groups here in Louisiana making sure that every dollar is spent where it s supposed to be on the Louisiana coast Regular folks like you and me have been hard at work for years to get our elected officials to understand that coastal restoration is just as important as any other issue our state faces With passage of the RESTORE Act a comprehensive Master Plan and now this settlement with BP Louisiana is finally on a faster track to getting the big dream projects done No longer are we sitting idly by while giant cypress forests are felled or oil and gas canals torn through our marshlands leaving giant scars all along the coast We are no longer sitting on our hands while they trying to wash us away The Gulf oil spill was nothing short of a disaster and many families fish fowl and wildlife are still feeling the effects five years later Cat Island is now practically Cat Sandbar because of the effects of the spill and dispersant

    Original URL path: http://vanishingparadise.org/gulf-blog-feed/what-the-bp-settlement-means-to-sportsfolk-an-op-ed-from-marissa-rabalais-turner/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Inaugural Louisiana Coastal Candidate Forum To Be Held In Thibodaux
    top priority Please join us August 18th at Nicholls State University for the upcoming Coastal Candidate Forum where Louisianans can hear from gubernatorial candidates on a variety of coastal issues from restoration funding to diversions Participating Candidates are Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne and State Representative John Bel Edwards U S Senator David Vitter is invited but not confirmed Restoration in Louisiana has come a long way but there is more work ahead Candidates will be given questions prior to the moderated forum to hear how they will make tough decisions regarding restoration and restoration spending Four panelists will also have a chance to ask additional questions Vanishing Paradise is proud to partner with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana for the upcoming forum We hope you and your friends will join us at this informative public forum no tickets required Please visit the CRCL website for more information candidateforum crcl org newer older Search Join VP on Recent Blogs 04 27 16 The Bonnet Carré Provides Plenty of Recreational Opportunities 04 14 16 Register for Conservation on Tap April 20th 04 06 16 Florida Bay A Vision of Paradise in Decline Vanishing Paradise was launched

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Conservation Corner: Telling Our Story With Rommel
    the honor of discussing wetland restoration alongside a national star Vanishing Paradise Sportsmen Outreach guru Andy McDaniels rejoins Rommel the Labrador on Cabela s SportingDog Adventures for another year as the host of Conservation Corner The canine stars of the popular show appears on nine channels including the Pursuit channel Rommel s trophies range from waterfowl to roosters and he recently led the pack across the rolling prairies of the Saskatchewan In this year s season 5 fans of the show can look forward to some bigger game keep an eye out this weekend for a deer hunt but also get the lowdown on one of the most critical issues for duck hunters today through Conservation Corner Andy will discover the relationship between ducks and oysters stress the necessity of freshwater in bays and explore different restoration methods for key habitats in the Gulf Vanishing Paradise a project of the National Wildlife Federation is proud to Sponsor Cabela s SportingDog Adventures by adding a conservation component Healthy habitats are requisite to hunting and fishing and spreading the word to anglers or big game hunters is the first step in their taking active roles in conservation We have built up so much momentum for Season Five says show founder Jeff Fuller We ve worked to balance our topnotch wilderness footage with environmental information all offered as part of our commitment to providing wholesome entertainment to our outdoor lifestyle oriented viewership For more information on the original Lily Belle the Labrador and the Fuller family check out the show s website Catch Vanishing Paradise s Andy McDaniels and Lily Belle the Labrador on the Pursuit Channel every Wednesday at 11 30 pm Thursday at 7 30 pm and Saturday at 9 pm Be part of the fun As you watch Tweet your

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Stories-gulf : Significant Portion Of BP Settlement Funds Slated For Coastal Restoration
    agreement for 18 7 billion was a pivotal turning point for the Gulf A total of 12 6 billion is connected to specific environmental damages and 6 billion to Gulf wide economic damages Or when broken down 7 1 billion for the Gulf states to restore natural resources damaged by the spill under the Oil Pollution Act 5 5 billion will resolve the Clean Water Act civil penalties with 80 of that 4 4 billion directly for the five Gulf States under the RESTORE Act 4 9 billion to resolve Gulf states economic claims 1 billion for economic claims of local government entities in the Gulf states All Louisiana based restoration projects supported through the settlement will be drawn from the Louisiana State Master Plan ensuring that the funds go towards restoring areas along Louisiana s coastline that are integral to both commercial and recreational fishermen This settlement is the largest environmental penalty in U S history and it comes not a moment too soon According to NWF s latest report the oil and dispersants have caused rotting fins in red snapper one of our signature sport fish reduced heart rate in killifish a popular bait choice for anglers and decreased swimming rates in mahi mahi one of the Gulf s fastest fish and another angler favorite photo credit NOAA The fight for the funds itself may be over but the specific Master Plan projects to be funded will be determined over the next few months Regardless the funding pool is a light at the end of the tunnel for anglers and their catch and will give Louisiana and all the Gulf states a jump on planning real ecosystem restoration projects that can ensure these natural resources are available for generations to come Stay tuned for updates newer older Search

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : New ‘Hydrocoast Map’ Methodology Gives Louisiana Anglers Insight Into Estuarine Activity
    information on where their species of interest is likely to be including determining how far out they will have to travel to get to species they are targeting Since the salinity is shown on top of the land in the map anglers can see where wetland habitat coincides with desired salinities to target species typically found around or near marsh Also anglers can see where sources of fresh water are coming into the basin to track freshwater species These Hydrocoast Maps are unique way to use technology and data to approach both recreational and commercial fishing in Louisiana said Steve Bender Vanishing Paradise s program director The methodology used here can be applied to other estuaries and coastal areas and can give anglers new information on how fish are moving putting them right on their target and that means fish in the boat The sophisticated maps look a bit like weather maps but rather than displaying meteorological data they show the hydrology of the coast The maps integrate data collected by half a dozen universities federal and state agencies as well as LPBF scientists who ply the waters of the estuaries collecting water samples The maps are updated biweekly providing near real time data according to John Lopez LPBF s Coastal Sustainability Program Director The biweekly maps also will provide tracking over time of land loss in the coastal areas a major issue in coastal Louisiana Louisiana including the Lake Pontchartrain Basin has been losing the equivalent of a football field of land every hour since 1932 making coastal areas more vulnerable to storm damage and destroying natural habitat that supports wildlife and local economies The Lake Pontchartrain Basin covers an area of about 10 000 square miles in southeastern Louisiana The long term record provided by the complex mapping

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