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  • Vanishing Paradise : Articles : Hunting And Fishing Industry Mourns The Passing Of A Great Artist
    keen observations of the world around him and influenced greatly by his passion for fishing and life As editor of Western Outdoors magazine I worked closely with Chris as both collaborator and friend His art elevated the pages of Western Outdoors into an award winning publication His ability to show the underwater part of the story so critical to an angler s understanding of the angling craft was priceless His artwork influenced many outdoor publications and products and the loss to all is great This year marked the 30th anniversary of Chris contributions to Bassmaster If a picture is worth a thousand words Armstrong supplied countless volumes of information to readers through his work Bassmaster will greatly miss his artistic translation of our sport I will miss his friendship even more said Bassmaster magazine Editor James Hall A Chris Armstrong original painting illustrating a dorado mahi mahi The quality of his artwork is obvious in this underwater scene I found Chris artwork key to presenting articles of high value to anglers throughout the West In turn skilled writers were inspired to present articles that could play to Chris strengths He inspired a cycle of best in class resources that our readership would come to treasure and learn from as they never had before And it wasn t just the aesthetics that elevated the articles he elevated the experience of the readers drawing them deeper into the story and space be it freestone trout waters or pinnacle laden waters off the Alaska coast As a naturalist and skilled angler he allowed the reader the ability to wander beneath the water s surface and better understand the nature of our sport Consider the relatively small group of modern wildlife artists who have left their own unique imprints on the outdoor world said former editor of BASSTimes Matt Vincent Only a handful of individuals come to mind Guy Harvey Herb Booth Al Barnes and Ray Troll are among the founding members Chris Armstrong was also a member of that exclusive club and he will be greatly missed by many And then there was Armstrong s insatiable sense of humor Crafting honest characters in a lighter form for Western Outdoors Baja based columns inspired a space to build full length features and double page spreads providing a joyous youthful approach to our fishing endeavors One such piece still resonates with me today A particularly creative article written by Alaska s Chris Batin titled The Ten Commandments of Angling came to my desk with no photography and a suggestion that Armstrong do the art I sent out the assignment and what I received a mere few days later was 10 unique ink and watercolor illustrations highlighting each commandment But the kicker was the opening two page spread actually 17 24 inches of original art of a fishing Moses in a bib complete with an angler s arsenal hanging from his belt rods leaning against a boulder and holding two stone tablets with the commandments of

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Water: It Connects Us All
    it was What connects me in Minnesota to the Mississippi River Delta down south What connects me to the east coast or the west coast The answer is water It is the one commonality that all Americans share Growing up in the land of 10 000 lakes water means everything to me Being an avid waterfowl hunter only solidifies this ideal of water being the golden compound Very much like gold fresh water is a limited resource with a huge economic value Currently we are using more water than ever depleting our nation s aquifers and contaminating our open waters Our natural water filters wetlands are being lost at alarming rates The Gulf Coast region pdf is losing more than a football field of marsh every hour while the northern Prairie Pothole Region is losing marshlands to the tiller in order to meet the demands put on crop production So what s the answer to all the water issues across the nation I wish I knew I do know one thing it is going to take events like NWF s Annual Meeting that bring different people together to create a comprehensive plan of attack Everyone is a stock holder in this issue There is hope but we all will have to play a part Water It DOES Connect US All Joseph Hoffmann a Vanishing Paradise Pro Staff member is a Minnesota native currently working towards a Bachelor of Science in Field Biology and Ecology with an emphasis in Wildlife Management at St Cloud State University He is certified as a Leave No Trace Master Educator and as an ACA American Canoe Association Sea Kayak instructor In addition he serves as a vice president position in the Minnesota Conservation Federation and is an active board member of the Becker Big Lake

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Invasives Take A Bite Out Of Wetlands
    of important sport fisheries In fact the state estimates that damage at any given time is about 46 000 acres as about 5 million of the web footed animals with large orange teeth feed on the roots and stalks of aquatic plants brochure on history of nutria in Louisiana Photo USFWS Additionally the giant apple snail also is taking a giant bite out of the wetlands They ve been banned from the state since 2012 but that was too late to keep them from becoming a destructive force courtesy of irresponsible hobbyists who dumped their aquariums into waterways They eat a ton of plant material anything they can get their tiny little mouths on said Michael Massimi of the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program You are converting a water body from one dominated by plants to one dominated by algae Asian carp tiger prawns water hyacinth and giant salvinia also are among the exotic species doing damage to Louisiana s coastal system Some limited good news is that the state s nutria control plan implemented in 2002 has lessened the impact of these furbearers which were imported during the 1930s and promoted as a way to combat water hyacinth and other invasive plants during the 1940s Still the cumulative effect of these invaders is significant for an ecosystem already under siege Robert Montgomery a Vanishing Paradise Pro Staff member has been writing about conservation and environmental issues since he became Senior Writer Conservation for B A S S Publications in 1985 Two years ago he started Activist Angler a website devoted to promoting and protecting recreational fishing He also is the author of Why We Fish and Better Bass Fishing and recipient of the Homer Circle Fishing Communicator Award and serves on the board of directors of Recycled Fish a

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Coastal Restoration And The 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session
    HB 148 House Bill 490 authored by Rep Brett Geymann R Lake Charles is another Louisiana state constitutional amendment that would prohibit transfers of money out of the Coastal Fund The Coastal Fund is set up to allow one time monies such as those resulting from an oil spill Other state funds are not allowed to accept one time monies because the state needs to budget day to day operating costs with recurring monies However in recent years one time money has been deposited into and then moved out of the Coastal Fund to pay for recurring operating costs This bill would prohibit transferring money out of the Coastal Fund ensuring that the money be used for Coastal Restoration This bill has made it through the House and is awaiting consideration in the Senate These two bills would work together to ensure that RESTORE Act funds and other money going into the Coastal Fund are dedicated to coastal restoration In 2012 the legislature passed the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority s Coastal Master Plan This Master Plan is a comprehensive 50 billion 50 year plan to restore and protect Louisiana s coast It involves an array of coastal restoration projects from sediment diversions to marsh creation to barrier island restoration Scientists are working hard to optimize plans for these projects using the latest data and the best models available We need to be serious about dedicating funding towards the Master Plan If we cannot at the least dedicate funds that come to the state as a result of a coastal disaster towards coastal restoration how can we be serious about dedicating other reliable streams of funding towards the Coastal Master Plan These two bills send the message to our state and national decision makers that Louisiana is serious and ready

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : D.C. Students Given Tour Of La. Coast
    we all work to save it even if you re a kid from Washington D C It turned out to be a fun day and I hope they tell all their friends about it when they get home Thanks Mr Chuck Mom s note This field trip was requested by Washington International School as part of their service initiative The 10th graders were offered a chance to come to New Orleans and choose to help either the food bank Habitat for Humanity or 4 H Youth Wetlands Education and Outreach Twenty five kids chose to learn about our wetlands and help plant marsh grass in the spillway The 4 H Youth Wetlands program is part of the LSU AgCenter and is open to all kinds of youth groups from schools to homeschoolers to kids who just want to get together to learn about our wetlands Service projects happen all over the state Chuck Perrodin invited Sean after meeting him at the State of the Coast Conference hosted by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana CRCL in March What an opportunity He didn t know what to tell kids older than him so he did what he always does he spoke from his heart That boy loves his state and will do anything to inspire others to get involved in coastal restoration Sean s got marsh land to build and beaches to clean so the ducks and fish keep coming back The focus of Mr Perrodin s talk was the passage of the RESTORE Act and Master Plan He told them how flood control structures work and how river diversions can help rebuild the land that the Mississippi River once built but has been lost over the last century While the kids were planting grass he was showing them how the

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Get The Science Right: Diverting River Sediment Is Key To Saving The Coast
    Horizon disaster the state finds itself in a position to move forward The 40 million that the state is using for the Myrtle Grove Mid Barataria Diversion is from the BP criminal settlement and cannot legally be used for marsh dredging projects That money is disbursed through the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund and is legally available only for barrier islands and river diversions Marsh creation using dredged sediment is another important tool in the toolbox and the state proposes to spend almost 20 billion on it over the next 50 years the biggest expenditure in the Master Plan But dredging has severe limitations The river s suspended sediment load the mud that built so much of the delta can t be captured by dredges It is that mud that we are wasting at the mouth it s the plume of sediment we see in satellite photos There is four times as much mud in suspension in the river as sand on the bottom While diversions can utilize that suspended sediment dredging is limited to the sand on the bottom It makes no sense at all when we are losing 16 square miles a year to leave 80 percent of the sediment on the table But that is what diversion opponents are proposing arguing it is an either or question when in fact both are needed desperately Diversions will also bring precious sediment and nutrients to help sustain the man made marshes that we have already built and continue to build marshes doomed to go the way of all marshes that are not sustained by the river Without the ongoing benefit of new sediment marshes built by dredge like new cars begin to depreciate as soon as you get them And yes those marshes will do some of the work of pulling nutrients from the river water feeding plant growth and reducing the amount that gets into bays or into the Gulf s Dead Zone In fact the state devotes an entire appendix to it in the Master Plan By the time the Mississippi River began building our delta 7 000 years ago the Ice Age glaciers were long gone It was not runoff from the glaciers that built our delta The delta grew steadily over the last 7 000 years not in one episode In that time the river deposited about 3 trillion tons of sediment The wedge of sediment it deposited in Louisiana is 300 feet thick down in the Bird s Foot Delta and it is over 150 miles wide and 175 miles long It built land by switching course periodically and by dividing its own channel periodically while at the same time older abandoned delta lobes eroded and subsided away That is the cycle we interrupted and why we are no longer gaining on the Gulf If we ever hope to get back to equilibrium we must restart the cycle This is what diversions will do but in a controlled way making it possible for us to

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Garret Graves Announces Resignation
    s largest oil spill Graves made significant strides toward creating a sustainable future for Louisiana We are looking forward to working with the new CPRA Chairman Jerome Zeringue to implement the state s master plan and address Louisiana s land loss crisis 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

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Vanishing Paradise Team Attends SHOT Show 2014
    the great rivers of industry and conservation provides opportunities for the Vanishing Paradise team to solidify partners in our campaign to reconnect the Mississippi River to its delta in coastal Louisiana in ways that improve habitat and the wildlife within The show also provided Vanishing Paradise a chance to thank many of our sponsors and supporters those who understand that healthy wetlands provide opportunities for hunting and angling The Mississippi River Delta is truly a unique habitat 3 4 million acres of marsh swamp forests and barrier islands that together constitutes the largest wetland complex in the continental United States These wetlands stretch all along the southern end of Louisiana from Mississippi to Texas and represent nearly 40 percent of the coastal wetlands in the lower 48 states The delta hosts the vast majority of the waterfowl that use the Mississippi and Central Flyways up to70 of ducks and geese that use the Mississippi Central Flyways which totals a staggering 10 million ducks and geese a year The U S Geological Survey found that the delta loses a football field of land every hour Think about that every day the delta loses the equivalent of 24 football fields And since the 1930s the delta has lost about 1900 square miles of land that s about the size of the state of Delaware How is this Happening The natural process of the Mississippi River replenished the wetlands by depositing sediment and flooding periodically for thousands of years Every flood season areas of land were built up by sediment that was left after the floodwaters of that muddy Mississippi River receded These sediment deposits made up what we know as the Mississippi River Delta Starting in the 1930s manmade levees and canals intended to serve navigational interests and provide flood control have disconnected the Mississippi River from the wetlands They have cut across the landscape and have made it impossible for the river to leave sediment deposits and build up the land So instead of the sediment being deposited and building up new land as it did for thousands of years the sediment is channeled downstream and is deposited off the deep waters of the continental shelf All that sand silt and sediment is just lost to the Gulf of Mexico What does this mean to American Sportsmen and Women Bottom line if you don t have wetlands to maintain these millions of waterfowl during the winter you don t have duck hunting as it exists today across America They raise the ducks up north in Prairie Pothole regions and around the Great Lakes The North may grow and breed the ducks but they have to have a place to winter down South No wetlands no ducks no hunting What can you do You can visit www vanishingparadise org where you will find much more information about the project and things you can do to help There you can sign up on our action list We need people from across the country

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