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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Exploring Restoration Solutions
    s first large scale experiment in restoration sedimentology If you want to understand the future of coastlines and deltas in a world of rising seas and surging storms you should pay close attention to what is happening in Louisiana There is not a one size fits all solution for restoration It will require many tools to address the problem Here s how we think it can be done Manage the rivers for restoration The Atchafalaya River a distributary of the Mississippi River feeds the largest river swamp in the country and is building healthy coastal wetlands at its mouth Right now the Army Corps of Engineers arbitrarily restricts the Atchafalaya River Instead we should manage both rivers based on an ecologically sound plan for sustaining and restoring the coastal wetlands while meeting the needs of the shipping industry Reconnect the river to its delta The Mississippi River s seasonal flooding created the delta over thousands of years Large scale sediment diversions can mimic the river s natural processes in a controlled fashion and restore existing wetlands while building new land The article describes sediment diversions are physically simple a concrete outlet in the otherwise continuous levee walls lining the Mississippi allowing water and sediment to spill out of the main channel during flood events mimicking the historic rhythm of the floodplain and extremely cost efficient The proof that this can be done lies in a flood control channel called the Wax Lake Outlet that has albeit unintentionally built a five mile long delta since its creation in 1942 As many as 200 000 waterfowl have been spotted in the Wax Lake Delta on a single day Use sediment to build land For the coast to survive every bit of sediment in the river must be used effectively not wasted by

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Celebrating A Sportsman’s Paradise: The Rewards And Risks
    the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries tagging program which is in conjunction with the Coastal Conservation Association and issues dart tags to anglers to pierce near the dorsal fins of saltwater species Times Picayune Outdoor Editor Todd Masson and a burley bull redfish of the South Pass of the Mississippi River Photo by Lew Carpenter He tagged one of my reds a bruiser of a bull and I have to admit I m anxious to see where that big boy shows up again and what health and mass it acquires or loses over time To put into perspective the quality of fishing on this trip my rod was nearly always bent for the three days on the water and I only caught two fish within the slot limit 16 27 inches It was bittersweet for me because I love to eat redfish but I also love catching monsters With our group of about 60 anglers spread out far and wide across the most southern reaches of the delta the scale of the marsh even now still impresses But the loss of wetlands continues at a rapid rate The economy too is at risk as coastal wetland loss around the Mississippi River Delta threatens fisheries and waterfowl populations that contribute to a billion dollar industry vital to the economy of the Gulf region The largest catch of redfish world class opportunities for speckled trout tuna bass and 10 million waterfowl wintering in the delta accounting for 70 percent of the ducks and geese in the Mississippi and Central Flyways are at risk Many of Vanishing Paradise s sponsors can be found on this trip Top Brass Tackle Plano Molding Realtree Camo WileyX Sunglasses BASS Seaguar fishing line and Louisiana Sportsmen Magazine and three members of the Vanishing Paradise Advisory Council also participate Marsh Madness organizer Eric Cosby Steve Bowman and Tony Taylor Support runs deep within the ranks of Mississippi boaters too and it stands to reason This place is too special to be lost Lew Carpenter displaying the diversity of species that rely on a healthy marsh with this Jack Crevalle Photo by James Hall What can you do You can send in comments or attend meetings that are focused on a draft plan for the third phase of Early Restoration which proposes more than 625 million in new early restoration projects across the Gulf states Federal agencies states and Indian tribes collectively known as Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees have been authorized to evaluate the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on natural resources These trustees are responsible for studying the effects of the spill through a process known as Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA As part of this process scientists work together to identify potential injuries to natural resources and lost human uses resulting from the spill The trustees have released a draft plan for the third phase of Early Restoration The draft plan proposes more than 625 million in new early restoration projects across the

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Late Start To Migration Could Prove To Be Blessing In Disguise
    disappointment similar to Ben Weber s in Louisiana Substantial flooding in the late spring and early summer left many areas with little to no cover or food Unlike last year we had water but it was too much After not drawing into public ground our river hunt was met with warm weather and atmosphere birds Unresponsive to calls and decoys the birds left us wondering if this year could be a bust The bleak start does however bring some good news With another year of excellent hatches the duck numbers are once again in the top three EVER The poor start only means that we have some great duck hunting to anticipate this year Photo Kyle Doherty The following weekend brought a flood of excitement and hope to our entire season With only two rows of knee high Sudan grass and six dozen floaters we killed a four man limit of birds in a little less than an hour The birds were working like a well oiled machine and required nothing but teal whistles and greeting quacks to seal the deal Mixed bags consisted of mostly green wings and shovelers with a few gadwall a couple mallards one scaup and one pintail The next day would turn out to be a little more challenging since the birds had experienced the battle zone known as the middle zone opener Since then we have gotten a very large push of birds which has led to some killer days in the marsh The key for anyone hunting in Missouri is simple find cover The birds are here and their numbers are only going to increase for the next few weeks If you can find cover in an area holding a fair amount of birds you will be in the greenheads For all our

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : 3 Reasons To Be Thankful This Thanksgiving
    groups outdoor media and hundreds of local hunting and fishing businesses and organizations We want to send a thank you to the more than 800 businesses and organizations who have supported our efforts to make restoration of the Mississippi River Delta a national priority We especially want to acknowledge the hunting and fishing businesses and organizations who sent a letter this May to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council asking the Council to prioritize Gulf ecosystem restoration in order to also achieve economic restoration Since sportsmen and women generate 70 billion a year in revenue and job creation restoring the delta will be a critical component to successfully restore the entire Gulf region both ecologically and economically 2 Our Advisory Council This January we launched Vanishing Paradise s first Advisory Council made up of dozens of conservation leaders from across the United States The members of the council have shown a real passion for the outdoors and have expanded that passion to this coalition Their leadership is vital as we work to educate America s hunters and anglers about the importance of the Mississippi River Delta as the cornerstone for a healthy Gulf 3 Our Conservation Pro Staff Volunteers In addition to the Advisory Council we also launched our thirty four member Conservation Pro Staff this year Almost every outdoors business in America has its own pro staff but this is the first time a conservation group has used the same idea to create a team of advocates for hunting and fishing habitat These remarkable volunteer leaders have been on the ground fighting for the delta at outdoor shows and club meetings as well as penning articles and raising awareness for our work From Steve Andy Ben Emily Lew and Kelly thank you for all that you have done this

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Slow Start To Duck Season, But There Are 67.9 Million Reasons To Be Thankful
    from work get permission from our families and gather as much scouting information as possible before the season starts we all eagerly anticipate the November aerial waterfowl survey from LDWF Well more bad news The just released November 2013 survey estimates count only 1 02 million ducks about 30 percent lower than both last November and the five year average of 1 44 million The survey indicates the second lowest number of ducks in the state since the count began in 1969 and includes the lowest number of mallards ever recorded Unfortunately most reports from the field confirm these historically low numbers Everything is a bit behind this year We know the birds will show up eventually With colder weather just starting to creep in from the north the teal have finally shown up and are making up the majority of the limits coming in As much fun as it is to shoot teal most of us are really looking for something to boost our spirits until the big ducks show up Well here s something that every hunter and angler in Louisiana and really hunters and anglers everywhere should be very excited about The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation NFWF announced this week the dedication of 67 9 million in funding for planning and engineering on barrier islands and river diversion projects in Louisiana The projects developed in coordination with the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority CPRA are designed to restore critical wildlife habitat on Louisiana s barrier islands and coastal wetlands that were impacted as a result of the 2010 Gulf oil spill What does this mean for hunters and anglers It s quite simple These investments in restoring critical features of our coast barrier islands and coastal wetlands translate into something very tangible More habitat More

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates
    crucial role by attending an upcoming public meeting about read more Jan 14 Lake Lery South Louisiana Honey Hole Still Recovering After Isaac I was setting the hook before the hull of my boat had even settled into the water next to one of the innumerable grass beds lining the shores of Delacroix s Lake Lery The second cast of the day in the pink pre dawn light produced an explosive strike on a topwater Chug Bug and a nearly read more Dec 22 Our Family Tradition The Christmas Hunt One of the most revered traditions in my family has been the annual Christmas time hunt My grandfather started this tradition when my uncles were very young I have carried on this tradition with my sons and I hope to be fortunate enough to continue it with my grandchildren I can remember the anticipation that I read more Dec 06 What Would Justice for the Gulf Look Like It doesn t seem that long ago that I found myself on the bow of an offshore charter fishing boat trying to process the sight that lay before me We had been working out of Venice LA since the 2010 BP oil spill began and reports had come in from a charter captain that there was read more Nov 20 Fall Fishing in the West Bay Diversion There may be no better place in the entire world to catch fish in the fall than the mouth of the Mississippi The river is low the water is green and saltier and the cooler weather pushes redfish speckled trout flounder and sometimes even sea run striped bass into passes sand bars rock jetties and spillways read more Nov 04 Lake Pontchartrain s Best Kept Secret Typically the fall s arrival focuses the attention of Lake Pontchartrain anglers on the bridges as speckled trout flounder black drum and redfish gather at the pilings of the Causeway trestles and Twin Spans to fatten up for the winter But there is another lesser known area in the lake where the fishing heats up as the read more Nov 02 My Son s First Hunt When my son Jeb was nine he was giving me fits about taking him hunting Back in those days whenever I would come home from a successful hunt Jeb would come running to the truck to stare in awe at the beautiful widgeon mallards gadwalls and wood ducks We purchased his first shotgun a few read more Oct 23 A Letter to the Editor BP Must be Held Accountable Chris Macaluso gives a sportsman s take on the rumors that the U S Justice Department may be nearing a settlement with BP over oil spill damages in a letter to the Houma Courier Thibodaux Daily Comet An Oct 17 article in The Courier and Daily Comet titled BP settlement could remove local control detailed purported information circulated read more Oct 15 Join Our Prostaff This opportunity is closed Vanishing Paradise is putting together

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Vanishing Paradise’s New Advisory Council Paves A Path Forward
    years and as a father myself I want to make sure my child has the same opportunities enjoying our Sportsman s Paradise that I had I am proud to be with such a motivated group who is not interested in blaming the possible causes but determined to fix the problem In addition to providing a diverse perspective to the Vanishing Paradise staff the Advisory Council will focus its attention on a three part mission of enhancing the organization s political strength strengthening its financial condition for the future and engaging the sporting community through public relations media and personal contact In mid March the VPSAC held its first of many meetings starting with a day in the marsh a place held sacred to each member Vanishing Paradise is championing a cause that I feel could be the greatest conservation project in my lifetime said Gabe Galster of Arkansas Not only is the focus of this project dear to my heart but there is a clear pathway to achieving success In the end I want to be able to have a part in saving one of the most environmentally and culturally rich regions of our great country I want it here for my children grandchildren and great grandchildren to enjoy much as I have over the last 20 years but without swift action we may reach a point of no return VP offers the platform from which this message can be spread and action initiated Council members and Vanishing Paradise staff connected with each other and the magnificent resource they are entrusted to restore while fishing for bull redfish a trophy species of the marsh that annually draws thousands of anglers to the region The group also got down to business on a strategy for moving forward with Vanishing Paradise s

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