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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : Vanishing Paradise Responds To Landmark Gulf Oil Spill Settlement Announcement
    damage from the oil spill is also of utmost importance 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 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 We look forward to working with federal and state officials and the RESTORE Council to make sure every dime of oil disaster money goes to meaningful comprehensive restoration Background Since the Gulf oil disaster more than five years ago ongoing findings deliver truths omitted by BP s ads the oil disaster s negative effects are increasingly clear present and far from resolved A recent infographic depicts ongoing impacts of the Gulf oil disaster five years later And over the past year alone new scientific research has surfaced A 2014 study found evidence of a 1 250 square mile area of oil contamination on the ocean floor around the Macondo wellhead in deep Gulf sediments A previous NOAA study found a large number of dead dolphins in heavily oiled places including Barataria Bay La Recent studies estimate 1 000 000 birds died as a result of being exposed to BP oil Modeling for a recent stock assessment projected that between 20 000 and 60 000 Kemp s ridley sea turtles died in 2010 as a result of the spill

    Original URL path: http://vanishingparadise.org/press-room/vanishing-paradise-responds-to-landmark-gulf-oil-spill-settlement-announcement/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : Vanishing Paradise Welcomes New Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator
    critical to our success in advocating for Gulf restoration over the coming years As we work to unite sportsmen and women on the important conservation issue of restoring hunting and fishing habitat across the Gulf Coast Twyla s breadth of experience will be a tremendous asset In her most recent role with Sea Grant Cheatwood built relationships with fishing communities commercial and recreational fishermen and NGO s working on fisheries issues throughout the Gulf Cheatwood s extensive background in coastal and fisheries management includes a master s in marine biology from Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center and a bachelor s from Louisiana State University in environmental management The addition of Twyla to the Vanishing Paradise effort is an important step forward as we work together with sportsmen and women from across the country state and federal leaders landowners business owners and many other stakeholders across the Gulf Coast to restore this precious natural resource for future generations to enjoy said Andy Buchsbaum vice president of Conservation Action for National Wildlife Federation As a sportswoman herself Twyla understands the importance of the waters and marshes of the Gulf ecosystem for hunters and anglers across the country We are excited to have her join the effort to protect and restore these special landscapes Vanishing Paradise is National Wildlife Federation s effort to activate hunters and anglers from across the country on restoring the Mississippi River Delta in coastal Louisiana and the rest of the Gulf Coast The Gulf Coast provides world class salt and freshwater fishing opportunities and provides a winter home to some 10 million North American waterfowl annually But in places like coastal Louisiana precious habitat is disappearing at an extremely quickly rate as every hour Louisiana loses a football field of land Vanishing Paradise is on the forefront of

    Original URL path: http://vanishingparadise.org/press-room/vanishing-paradise-welcomes-new-sportsmen-outreach-coordinator/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : Texas Sportsmen To Gov. Abbott: BP’s Oil Spill Fines Must Restore Coastal Habitats
    state s natural resources but also to support and expand industries that rely on a healthy Gulf Coast BP was recently found grossly negligent for its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and the company could pay as much as 18 billion in civil penalties under the Clean Water Act A 2012 law known as the RESTORE Act will send much of this money back to the Gulf States A portion of the RESTORE Act funding will be under the direct control of the governor s office The letter asks the governor s office to dedicate this money to projects that Create and restore habitat to secure Texas future as a destination for world class duck hunting birding and fishing opportunities Ensure ample freshwater flows for Texas rivers reaching our bays and estuaries along the Gulf to sustain their productivity diversity and functionality for the long term health of our fish and waterfowl populations Ensure Texas marine habitats and fisheries remain healthy and productive by addressing fish habitat improvements improving data and scientific programs and replenishing and protecting living coastal marine resources Kirby Brown Ducks Unlimited s conservation outreach biologist said A healthy Texas coastal economy is directly dependent on a healthy coastal environment Funding for conservation projects that have positive ecological benefits have both direct and multiplier impacts on the economies of our Texas coastal communities Fishing hunting and other wildlife tourism such as bird watching generates more than 17 billion in revenue in Texas annually The organizations that signed this letter contend that using the oil spill fines to improve the health of the coast will increase this segment of the state s economy Texas sportsmen know that using BP s fines for habitat restoration is the best thing we can do to create jobs on the

    Original URL path: http://vanishingparadise.org/press-room/texas-sportsmen-to-gov-abbott-bps-oil-spill-fines-must-restore-coastal-habitats/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Vanishing Paradise : Stories-gulf : Sportsmen Group Responds To Ruling That BP Grossly Negligent In 2010 Deepwater Horizon Disaster
    This ruling means that the company may have to pay billions of dollars more than originally thought for the 2010 disaster in the Gulf Vanishing Paradise a coalition of some 800 hunting and fishing businesses and organizations advocating for restoration of the Mississippi River Delta and the Gulf issued this statement today More than 4 years after the BP oil disaster today s ruling is a vital step towards restoring important waterfowl and fishing habitat for the next generation of sportsmen and women The oil spill tarnished hundreds of miles of coastline and marshes important to fresh and saltwater fishing and waterfowling The areas most damaged by the spill cannot wait any longer for restoration to begin Recreational fishing is a critical component of the Gulf economy generating 8 billion annually In Louisiana alone some 10 million ducks geese and other waterfowl winter along the coast and depend on healthy marshes We must invest penalty monies in real restoration projects that clean up and restore the waters and coastal habitat that are the backbone of the Gulf region s economy CONTACT Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org New Orleans LA September 4 2014 newer

    Original URL path: http://vanishingparadise.org/gulf-blog-feed/sportsmen-group-responds-to-ruling-that-bp-grossly-negligent-in-2010-deepwater-horizon-disaster/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : Vanishing Paradise Partnering With SportingDog Adventures TV
    and Central flyways Some of the best hunting and fishing in the world takes place right here but we are facing a land loss crisis in the delta that puts those important habitats and the wildlife that depend on them at risk Anyone who cares about healthy ecosystems should care about this issue SportingDog offers us a national platform to appeal to a broad audience of outdoor enthusiasts SportingDog Adventures will feature a Conservation Tip created by Vanishing Paradise each week during the upcoming season s shows Viewers will have a chance to learn about the degrading coastal wetlands in Louisiana which are disappearing at the alarming rate of a football field an hour but more importantly viewers will learn what they can do to help You don t have to be a sportsman to appreciate the beauty of the delta and to comprehend the necessity of taking action now to stop the land loss says Fuller We are proud to be a part of this call to action The fourth season of SportingDog Adventures begins third quarter in 2014 We are proud to share our quality family programming on The Pursuit Channel airing on Tuesdays at 9 00 am Wednesday at 11 30 pm and Saturday at 9 30 pm as well Tuff TV on Saturday at 10 30 am We will also be featured on both The Walk Christian network and Wild TV Canada times pending The Soggy Acres Retrievers now entertain in two countries and 129 million households Don t forget to Tweet your reactions to the show sportingdogtv using SDATV Go to our show website sportingdogadventures com for more information Jeff Fuller began in the sporting dog industry in 1998 when he was given Lily a chocolate female lab as a gift Since then Soggy Acres

    Original URL path: http://vanishingparadise.org/press-room/vanishing-paradise-to-partner-with-sportingdog-adventures-to-raise-awareness-on-restoring-mississipp/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Vanishing Paradise : Stories-gulf : Deepwater Horizon Trustees Release Draft Early Restoration Plan
    projects which were first announced April 30 will be funded through the 1 billion early NRDA funds that BP agreed to invest in restoration of damaged natural resources resulting from the 2010 Gulf oil disaster Steve Bender director of Vanishing Paradise a coalition of some 800 hunting and fishing businesses and organizations advocating for restoration of the Mississippi River Delta issued this statement today This announcement signifies progress toward restoration of critical fish and wildlife habitat around the Mississippi River Delta an area that was ground zero during the oil spill These early restoration projects can help revive the Gulf s struggling natural resources including areas that make the region so important to hunters and anglers We encourage the NRDA trustees BP and stakeholders to continue working together to move forward on restoration The trustees commitment to funding environmental projects in Louisiana including nearly 320 million proposed for barrier island restoration is an exciting advancement toward restoring the Mississippi River Delta Not only do barrier islands provide critical storm protection and a first line of defense for coastal communities they also provide habitat for fish and waterfowl These funds will help rebuild four barrier islands including the Breton Island National Wildlife Refuge which was hit hard by the oil spill We look forward to reviewing the draft PEIS and to working with the NRDA Trustees during the public comment period and the implementation stage to complete these vital restoration efforts The Gulf Coast and Mississippi River Delta have waited long enough for restoration and these early projects are a key step toward recovering an area that s a key component in our American sporting heritage CONTACT Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org New Orleans LA December 9 2013 newer older Search Join VP on

    Original URL path: http://vanishingparadise.org/gulf-blog-feed/deepwater-horizon-trustees-release-draft-early-restoration-plan/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : National Fish And Wildlife Foundation Announces Nearly $68 Million For Louisiana Restoration Project
    projects including more than 40 million for the Mid Barataria Diversion project The Barataria Basin has one of the highest rates of land loss in the world and this large scale wetland restoration project is crucial to reversing that trend The marshes of the Barataria Basin are not only rapidly disappearing they also suffered harm during the 2010 Gulf oil disaster These wetlands provide important nurseries for many aquatic species are home to premiere fishing and also give countless ducks and waterfowl warm wintering grounds each year The mid sized Mid Barataria Diversion is a key component of Louisiana s 2012 Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast a blueprint for restoring the Mississippi River Delta and Louisiana s coast and contains a suite of restoration and protection projects Projects like the Mid Barataria Diversion can reconnect the river to its wetlands and help revive America s largest delta to a productive functioning state which provides important ecological and economic opportunities for people and wildlife We look forward to continued work with both the NFWF and the State of Louisiana to implement the Mid Barataria sediment diversion on its current timeline of being ready for construction in 2015 CONTACT Emily

    Original URL path: http://vanishingparadise.org/press-room/national-fish-and-wildlife-foundation-announces-nearly-68-million-for-louisiana-restoration-projects/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Vanishing Paradise : Stories-gulf : National Sportsman’s Group Urges Gulf Restoration Council To Prioritize Ecosystem Projects
    with developing a comprehensive ecosystem restoration plan for the Gulf The Council is currently developing the plan with a draft due for public comment this spring Vanishing Paradise drafted the letter which illustrated that hunting and fishing are major economic drivers in the Gulf and are supported by habitat restoration and wildlife conservation In 2011 in the five Gulf states alone nearly 8 5 million hunters and anglers spent 15 7 billion on their outdoor pursuits This spending supports more than 255 000 jobs and generates 3 3 billion in federal state and local taxes The letter to the Restoration Council united thousands of sportsmen and women in their commitment to protect wildlife and habitat If the wild spaces of the Gulf region aren t protected and restored sportsmen and women will lose the return on their long standing investment and the region will lose its rich hunting and angling heritage the letter stated A restored and productive Gulf ecosystem is essential for both regional and national economic recovery and growth Every dollar spent on ecosystem restoration helps the recovery of the Gulf s natural resource based economy The Gulf Coast is a national treasure that is near and dear to the hearts of sportsmen and women across the country Ben Weber national sportsman s coordinator for National Wildlife Federation said Millions of Americans enjoy the productive Gulf landscape for its fisheries and waterfowl hunting every year but without substantial investments in projects that create enhance or protect essential wildlife habitat the world class hunting and fishing opportunities that make the Gulf such a special place for the nation s hunters and anglers will suffer leading to the loss of billions of dollars in generated revenue for the Gulf states For more information please visit www vanishingparadise org Contact Emily

    Original URL path: http://vanishingparadise.org/gulf-blog-feed/national-sportsmans-group-urges-gulf-restoration-council-to-prioritize-ecosystem-projects/ (2016-04-30)
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