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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : Cast And Blast Giveaway Announced
    Fishing Adventures named one of the top five lodges in the North America by Sport Fishing magazine is located is the heart of the Mississippi River delta The area is known for its fresh and saltwater marshes and the hunting and fishing opportunities those marshes provide The winner of this trip will be able to experience some of finest saltwater fishing and waterfowl hunting anywhere in the world said Land Tawney the National Wildlife Federation s senior manager for sportsmen leadership But unfortunately this Sportsman s Paradise is also a Vanishing Paradise Every 38 minutes another area of coastal marsh the size of a football field slides into the Gulf We have solutions all we need is the political will to implement them Vanishing Paradise also announced the winner of its 2010 Grand Giveaway Richard Burton of Sedro Woolley Washington will receive a two person two day hunting trip with Mike Smith of Louisiana Duck Hunts as well as tickets from Seattle to New Orleans and accommodations in the heart of downtown New Orleans I ve heard all about the amazing hunting and fishing along Louisiana s coast and I m delighted to have the opportunity to experience it for myself Burton said I m also honored to be supporting Vanishing Paradise s campaign to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the delta To enter the 2011 Grand Giveaway contestants need to be at least 18 years old and entries must be received online by July 31 2011 One lucky winner will be selected by a random drawing Enter online and see complete rules at www vanishingparadise org February 25 2011 Contact Emily Guidry Schatzel 225 253 9781 guidrye nwf org newer older Search Join VP on Recent Blogs 04 27 16 The Bonnet Carré Provides Plenty of Recreational

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : B.A.S.S. Signs VP Letter Urging Congress To Restore Louisiana's Coast
    scouting for fishing areas for the Classic this week This place is important to me he said Winning the 2003 Classic here changed my life I couldn t wait to go back to the pond where I won When I got there that little pond had become a giant bay Roughly 1 900 square miles an area the size of the state of Delaware have disappeared from Louisiana s coast over the last 80 years largely because of flood control and navigation projects that have isolated the water and sediment from the Mississippi River from its delta while allowing saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico to intrude far inland An area of wetlands the size of a football field disappears along Louisiana s coast every 38 minutes That land and habitat loss threatens a world class saltwater and freshwater fishery an ecosystem that serves as the wintering ground for as many as 10 million migratory waterfowl the nursery ground for fish that populate the entire Gulf of Mexico and the communities that depend on the wetlands for protection from hurricanes Louisiana is nicknamed Sportsman s Paradise for a good reason said Land Tawney sportsmen s outreach coordinator for National Wildlife Federation The Mississippi River built one of the finest estuaries in the world with first class freshwater and saltwater fishing and waterfowl hunting But that paradise is vanishing before our eyes because the river s resources have been separated from the wetlands they built The sustainability of this delta is 100 percent dependent upon returning the sediment and water from the Mississippi back into these wetlands B A S S s commitment to helping restore and protect Louisiana s coast is part of a more than 40 year dedication to conservation B A S S has worked cooperatively with state

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : Michael Iaconelli Joins Effort To Protect, Restore Louisiana's Coastal Wetlands
    go and catch a lot of different kinds of fish he said I am very excited to have the opportunity to fish another Classic in these waters This place is special and we need to do all we can to save these coastal marshes and swamps Iaconelli won the last Bassmaster Classic held in New Orleans in 2003 and credits that tournament win with helping establishing his successful professional fishing career When scouting for the upcoming Classic we found plenty of bass caught a bunch of redfish and experienced some of the best fishing anywhere in the country he said Louisiana s coast is a place fishermen across our country should come and experience and want to save I m certain that this year s Classic will be just the event to show that More than 2100 square miles of Louisiana s coastal wetlands islands and swamps have washed away from Louisiana in the last 80 years while levees and navigation projects built along the Mississippi River have isolated it from the delta it built That combined with man made navigation channels cut through the marsh has led to the fastest land loss rate in the world The continued loss threatens to completely destroy habitat vital for a variety of fish like bass redfish and speckled trout as well as shrimp oysters and crabs and has made Louisiana s coastal communities mush more vulnerable to flooding from storm surges It has also led to far less habitat for the roughly 10 million ducks and geese that use Louisiana as wintering grounds We are very excited that Mike and several more of the best anglers in the world are headed here to fish the Bassmaster Classic because we want the world to see how wonderful our fishing is Louisiana Wildlife Federation

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : DU Calls Attention To Threatened Gulf Coastal Wetlands
    a football field every 30 minutes Though we escaped last year s oil spill with less near term impact on coastal wetlands than could have occurred I think it reminded people that long term wetland conservation and restoration is critical said Dale Humburg DU s chief biologist Wetlands are some of nature s most productive and biologically diverse ecosystems providing natural flood control water quality and prime habitat for fish and wildlife And they are essential for the hunting and fishing many of us enjoy But we re losing these precious natural resources at an alarming rate World Wetlands Day is a good opportunity to highlight this imperiled ecosystem but the focus really needs to be continual DU is also using this opportunity to draw upon the theme of this year s World Wetlands Day Wetlands and Forests DU has worked with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to reforest Wetlands Reserve Program enrolled sites in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley with bottomland hardwood tree species Historically this region was comprised almost entirely of bottomland hardwoods The oak dominated forest with its intermingled cypress sloughs and brakes provided food and shelter for ducks particularly mallards and wood ducks and many other species of wildlife Through NRCS WRP reforestation efforts many existing mature tracts of bottomland hardwood forest have been reconnected expanding the total forested area and aiding the recovery of a variety of area sensitive species said Dr Tom Moorman director of conservation planning for DU s Southern Region This work proves that through the efforts of DU and our partners it is possible to restore these critical ecosystems to their natural state Click here to learn more about DU s celebration of World Wetlands Day Ducks Unlimited is the world s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America s continually

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : Vanishing Paradise Praises House Bill Amendment To Dedicate Gulf Oil Spill Fines To Gulf Restoration
    bill the Gulf Restoration Act H R 56 is cosponsored by four Louisiana GOP Congressmen Reps Rodney Alexander Charles Boustany Bill Cassidy and Jeffrey Landry and one Louisiana Democratic Congressman Rep Cedric Richmond We thank the Louisiana delegation and Representative Markey for their leadership on an issue that is vital to restoring the Gulf ecosystem especially coastal Louisiana Land Tawney National Wildlife Federation s senior manager for sportsmen leadership said We look forward to working with House and Senate leaders of both parties and sportsmen who support the recovery of this Sportsmen s Paradise on securing legislation to send the oil spill penalties back to the Gulf region where they belong The fines for violations of the Clean Water Act CWA alone will range from a maximum of between 1 100 and 4 300 for each of the 4 9 million barrels spilled depending upon whether the responsible parties are found to have been grossly negligent for the Macondo Well blowout Current estimates of the CWA fines range from a maximum of between 5 billion and 21 billion Without this Congressional action any fines collected from parties responsible for the Gulf oil disaster will automatically be deposited in the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and Federal Treasury respectively and not to address the needs of fish and wildlife habitat impacted by the disaster Tawney added It s time for Congress to fulfill President Obama s promise to make the Gulf ecosystem better than it was before the disaster by heeding a key recommendation from the bipartisan oil spill commission to dedicate 80 percent of the Clean Water Act penalties to long term restoration of the Gulf The oil spill commission s recommendation echoed a recent government report by Navy Secretary and former Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus The Mabus report detailed

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : Oil Spill Commission Says Congress Should Use BP Fines For Gulf Restoration
    to implement projects that can successfully reconnect the Mississippi River with the wetlands it has been severed from for years and the Clean Water Act penalties can provide the necessary funding to move those projects forward Coastal Louisiana s marshes provide 10 million ducks and geese wintering habitat every year and world class waterfowling opportunities follow Tawney continued Only this winter in addition to facing greatly reduced habitats due to land loss migrating waterfowl had to deal with wetlands damaged by oil Plus we remain uncertain of the long term effects these species and their habitats may face especially diving ducks like scaup canvasbacks and redheads Speckled trout and redfish were also affected during their spawning seasons Devoting Clean Water Act penalties to coastal Louisiana restoration is a key first step in rebuilding these damaged wildlife habitats and protecting these species Last year U S Senators Mary Landrieu D La and David Vitter R La and U S Rep Steve Scalise R La introduced legislation that would require at least 80 percent of the civil and criminal penalties charged to BP under the Clean Water Act to be returned to the Gulf Coast for long term economic and environmental recovery However those bills expired at the end of the lame duck session for the previous Congress last month The Commission s recommendation echoes a recent government report by Navy Secretary and former Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus The report details the need for a long term environmental restoration plan for the Gulf Coast to fulfill President Obama s commitment to the Gulf Coast that goes beyond responding to the crisis of the moment including multiple economic disasters and decades of environmental degradation that has led to disappearing wetlands and habitats The report recommended that the President urge Congress to allow a

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : B.A.S.S. Backs Wildlife Federations' Coastal Restoration Efforts
    campaign and NWF s Vanishing Paradise effort are aimed at gaining federal approval of additional projects to restore the vast marshland B A S S supports these efforts to protect and improve this great fishery that is so important to bass fishermen and other sportsmen said Jerry McKinnis an owner of B A S S Unless something is done to protect these coastal wetlands the fantastic fishing we have now won t be around for our children to enjoy The LWF and NWF campaigns are being promoted through Bassmaster Magazine B A S S Times www bassmaster com and other B A S S media In addition LWF and NWF will host Bassmaster Classic Media Day on Thursday Feb 17 and will have representatives available to answer questions and distribute information to angling enthusiasts attending the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo presented by Dick s Sporting Goods at the Ernest N Morial Convention Center Feb 18 20 The best bass fishing and arguably even the best saltwater fishing in Louisiana over the past 10 to 15 years has been in the coastal areas near the Caernarvon and Davis Pond diversions said LWF Coastal Outreach Coordinator Chris Macaluso Bringing the river back into those areas has increased the aquatic vegetation made the food chain healthier and made both the bass fishing and the saltwater fishing much better The Mississippi River built this delta and it only makes sense that it needs to be used to restore and rebuild it More information about both LWF s and NWF s efforts to involve anglers hunters and all outdoors enthusiasts in the restoration of Louisiana s coast can be found at www vanishingparadise org and www lawildlifefed org coastal For more information please contact Melissa J Dixon B A S S Communications 407 566 2295

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : Vanishing Paradise Unveils New Website
    and recover a region damaged by decades of mismanagement and more recently this summer s Gulf oil disaster While much of the visible oil is gone the region remains in jeopardy as millions of migratory geese and waterfowl winter in Louisiana s coastal wetlands areas where food supplies and habitats are still recovering from impacts of oil earlier this year Coastal Louisiana was in jeopardy before the oil spill with critical wetland habitats disappearing at the alarming rate of a football field of land lost every 38 minutes Land Tawney NWF s senior manager for sportsmen leadership said The oil spill exacerbated an already existing problem by coating inland marshes with oil and damaging vital fish and wildlife habitat We need hunters and anglers nationwide to unite to save this Sportsmen s Paradise Vanishing Paradise s new website gives us an exciting new opportunity in our continued effort to link American sportsmen who care about this unique region Tawney continued The degradation of Louisiana s coastline is not just a state or regional issue it affects people around the country especially in the Mississippi and Central Flyways where waterfowl populations migrate to Louisiana for winter Without these coastal landscapes the hunting experience in areas across the country will suffer just as losing the important fisheries Louisiana provides would be hugely detrimental to recreational fishing in other areas Coastal Louisiana is home to hundreds of species of fish and wildlife It supports world class inshore and offshore commercial and recreational fishing opportunities and hunting across the Mississippi Flyway The area has also lost some 2 300 square miles of land since the 1930s an area larger than the state of Delaware For more information on coastal Louisiana restoration and opportunities please visit www vanishingparadise org December 14 2010 CONTACT Emily Guidry

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