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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : BP Oil Spill An Epic Catastrophe
    dire situation The National Wildlife Federation briefed attendees of the Outdoor Writers Association of America annual conference on the tremendous ecological and wildlife impacts of the BP oil spill along the Gulf Coast an area labeled a Sportsman s Paradise because of the world class fishing and hunting opportunities that draw hunters and anglers from around the United States to the region Louisiana s coast sustains one of the world s largest fisheries produces the largest catch of redfish hosts up to 20 percent of the nation s wintering waterfowl and is home to more than 400 species of birds fish and wildlife It is bracing for the worst oil spill in America s history NWF has a team on the ground in Venice Louisiana leading boat tours of the region and has served as a focal point for volunteer activism and media inquiries This river of oil is still flowing out of the Gulf and these toxins will stay in the marsh mud for years said McDaniels who briefed reporters on the spill We need your help to turn this around Coastal Louisiana was already in trouble prior to the spill Levees built for flood control have straight jacketed the Mississippi River Instead of spreading nutrient rich sediment that builds and sustains the delta and surrounding wetlands the sediment funnels into the Gulf of Mexico Canals dredged for navigation and oil and gas extraction have carved up the once vast coastal wetland system The canals accelerate saltwater intrusion destroying the protective cypress forests and replacing brackish and freshwater wetlands with degraded salt marshes Coupled with sea level rise caused by global warming Louisiana is losing the equivalent of about two football fields of land every hour Since the 1930s more than 2 300 square miles of Louisiana s vital

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : Vanishing Paradise Unveils National Group Sign-On Letter For Congress
    2010 The Mississippi River Delta needs sound policies before it can be restored for the next generation of sportsmen Vanishing Paradise is now circulating a national sign on letter from sportsmen clubs and businesses urging Congress to support large scale land building restoration projects and encourage cooperation between federal and state agencies Sign on businesses and organizations for the letter include a variety of outdoor equipment manufacturers businesses and state and national hunting and fishing organizations We will be updating the website with a running list of sign on organizations so check back often to see if your favorite local businesses have supported coastal Louisiana restoration Add your business Convio to the sign on letter today Although the letter is for organizations and businesses you can also voice your support for this initiative as an individual Without a healthy Mississippi River Delta Sportsman s Paradise is in serious jeopardy 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

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Stories-gulf : Mabus Report Delivers On Part Of President's Promise To Make Gulf Better Than Before
    it was before the BP oil disaster said a joint statement by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Environmental Defense Fund Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and National Audubon Society and National Wildlife Federation Now it s up to President Obama and Congress to act this year to ensure that the fines paid by BP under existing law are directed to restoring the Gulf and that the new penalties included in House legislation are made law As a first step in the restoration plan the President soon plans to sign an executive order creating a Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force which will be led by Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P Jackson a New Orleans native The joint statement also applauded this commitment noting that moving forward quickly with a robust task force is necessary to move forward already authorized projects ensure that congressional appropriations are put in place and that the full scope of needed restoration projects is designed and implemented Aggressive bold action is needed to restore the crucial wildlife habitats found all along the coast especially in coastal Louisiana s wetlands Land Tawney NWF s Senior Manager for Sportsmen Leadership said We are rapidly losing coastal marshes that provide wintering grounds for millions of waterfowl each year and support an abundance of commercial and recreational fishing Today s report recommends much needed cooperation among federal agencies and state governments to ensure that we can restore and recover this region which is encouraging news to sportsmen all over the country The U S House of Representatives has passed an amendment to oil response legislation H R 3534 authored by Congressman Charlie Melancon D La that would create a new civil penalty for any oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico including the BP oil disaster but the Senate

    Original URL path: http://vanishingparadise.org/gulf-blog-feed/mabus-report-delivers-on-1st-part-of-presidents-promise-to-make-gulf-better-than-befor/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : Gulf Region Voters More Likely To Vote For Legislators Who Support Gulf Restoration
    region so important to American sportsmen The Deepwater Horizon well has been capped and reports are claiming that much of the oil has been removed from the Gulf Land Tawney NWF s Senior Manager for Sportsmen Leadership said Unfortunately this is just the end to the beginning of the impacts we may see from this disaster The impacts to wildlife hunting and fishing remain to be seen Not only is the Gulf of Mexico home to the world s most productive fishery the coastal areas along the mouth of the Mississippi River especially Louisiana s wetlands provide vitally important wintering habitat for twenty percent of the nation s waterfowl each year The Mississippi River Delta faces an astonishing amount of land loss annually due to natural and manmade factors such as levees that cut off the river s natural ability to deposit replenishing sediment into the wetlands and salt water intrusion made possible by canals built for industrial purposes In fact every 38 minutes coastal marsh the size of a football field vanishes These problems are now combining with oil seeping into the marshes posing a serious threat to an ecosystem that supports wildlife and our outdoor heritage all along the Mississippi and Central Flyways Coastal Louisiana s ecosystem was in trouble long before the oil spill from the rapid rate of land loss this region suffers annually Tawney said We have to take aggressive action now to preserve and restore these areas for future generations National Hunting and Fishing Day is a perfect opportunity to remind us how important this habitat is for our sporting heritage Without large scale restoration and recovery of these wetlands our legacy is at risk not only in Louisiana but up and down the Mississippi and Central Flyways Sportsmen can visit www vanishingparadise org

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : National Wildlife Federation Urges Sportsmen To Support Coastal Louisiana Restoration
    The Deepwater Horizon well has been capped and reports are claiming that much of the oil has been removed from the Gulf Land Tawney NWF s Senior Manager for Sportsmen Leadership said Unfortunately this is just the end to the beginning of the impacts we may see from this disaster The impacts to wildlife hunting and fishing remain to be seen Not only is the Gulf of Mexico home to the world s most productive fishery the coastal areas along the mouth of the Mississippi River especially Louisiana s wetlands provide vitally important wintering habitat for twenty percent of the nation s waterfowl each year The Mississippi River Delta faces an astonishing amount of land loss annually due to natural and manmade factors such as levees that cut off the river s natural ability to deposit replenishing sediment into the wetlands and salt water intrusion made possible by canals built for industrial purposes In fact every 38 minutes coastal marsh the size of a football field vanishes These problems are now combining with oil seeping into the marshes posing a serious threat to an ecosystem that supports wildlife and our outdoor heritage all along the Mississippi and Central Flyways Coastal Louisiana s ecosystem was in trouble long before the oil spill from the rapid rate of land loss this region suffers annually Tawney said We have to take aggressive action now to preserve and restore these areas for future generations National Hunting and Fishing Day is a perfect opportunity to remind us how important this habitat is for our sporting heritage Without large scale restoration and recovery of these wetlands our legacy is at risk not only in Louisiana but up and down the Mississippi and Central Flyways Sportsmen can visit www vanishingparadise org for more information on how to

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : BP Oil Spill Draws Thousands Of Concerned Sportsmen To Virtual Town Hall
    leading boat tours of the region and has served as a focal point for volunteer activism and media inquiries Leading the team is NWF President and CEO Larry Schweiger who spoke about what he s witnessed over the last several days With a huge volume of oil flowing in the Gulf of Mexico unabated we clearly have an epic catastrophe unfolding Schweiger said The greatest coastal wetland system in America is at the height of spring wildlife nesting season including the Louisiana mottled duck now faces what may be the largest oil spill in the nation s history It is hard to imagine a more dire situation Bob Marshall Times Picayune outdoor staff writer and conservation editor at large for Field and Stream spoke about his personal connection to the Gulf Coast and his alarm at what may be in store This river of oil is still flowing out of the Gulf and these toxins will stay in the marsh mud for years said Marshall We need your help to turn this around Coastal Louisiana was already in trouble prior to the spill Levees built for flood control have straight jacketed the Mississippi River Instead of spreading nutrient rich sediment that builds and sustains the delta and surrounding wetlands the sediment funnels into the Gulf of Mexico Canals dredged for navigation and oil and gas extraction have carved up the once vast coastal wetland system The canals accelerate saltwater intrusion destroying the protective cypress forests and replacing brackish and freshwater wetlands with degraded salt marshes Coupled with sea level rise caused by global warming Louisiana is losing the equivalent of about two football fields of land every hour Since the 1930s more than 2 300 square miles of Louisiana s vital marshlands have disappeared Schweiger made clear that restoration of

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Stories-gulf : How To Improve The Gulf’s Fishing And Hunting Habitats
    in the disaster and could be responsible for as much as 18 billion in civil penalties under the Clean Water Act A significant amount of those fines will go toward restoration via the RESTORE Act So how can we best use this money to improve the health of our hunting and fishing spots Restore Wetlands The Gulf Coast s wetlands provides critical winter resting spots for millions of ducks and other waterfowl Wetland habitats are also economically important supporting the seafood industry and recreational fishing industries Restoring wetlands will provide future hunting and fishing opportunities for our children as well as jobs Restore Sediment Supply The Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers provide 95 percent of all sediment entering the northern Gulf from rivers Swamps in Louisiana have been cut off from nourishing fresh water nutrients and sediment of the Mississippi River by levees installed for flood protection and navigation In some places sediment starved brackish marshes have all but disintegrated and barrier islands are rapidly eroding Preserving the function quality and habitat of waters and wetlands along these rivers will in turn benefit the ecological health of the Gulf itself Restore the Balance of Fresh and Saltwater Young fish crabs shrimp oysters and other species in the Gulf spend some portion of their lives in estuaries along the coast These estuaries require a healthy mix of fresh water and salt water from the Gulf to create favorable conditions for marine species and healthy marsh vegetation Unfortunately over the past 100 years we have altered the way nearly every major rivers flows into the Gulf s coastal waters Without proactive steps to maintain adequate balance especially during periods of low rainfall many Gulf estuaries will remain at risk Restore Oyster Reefs Oysters are essential to the Gulf s ecology providing important refuge

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Outdoor Industry Launches Conservation Initiative
    U S federal government spends less than one percent of the budget on conservation and protection of water air and soil Fortunately the outdoor industry is stepping up in a big way to protect public lands wildlife and conservation First Lite will team up with Mystery Ranch Packs Benchmade Knife Co Kimber Manufacturing and Vortex Optics on what is called the Round Up for Conservation initiative Anyone buying a product from these companies will have the option to round up the purchase price to the nearest whole dollar amount or add any amount they choose and the extra money will go to respected and effective conservation groups such as Backcountry Hunters and Anglers National Wildlife Federation Pheasants Forever and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Read full article and watch video on Field Stream Vanishing Paradise sends a huge thanks to First Lite and other members of the partnership 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

    Original URL path: http://vanishingparadise.org/updates/outdoor-industry-launches-conservation-initiative/ (2016-04-30)
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