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  • Vanishing Paradise : Stories-gulf : Gulf Oil Spill Case: BP Needs To Be Held Accountable
    has released the following statement about the trial and any possible settlement Land Tawney senior management for sportsmen leadership with National Wildlife Federation said The Mississippi River Delta is one of our national treasures and is of great importance to America s sportsmen and women But the oil spill tarnished hundreds of miles of coastline and marred marshes important to fresh and saltwater fishing and waterfowling Our Gulf of Mexico is not only a huge economic driver for our country it is a place where our wildlife live where we get the food we eat and where our families recreate enjoying the outdoors A potential settlement as low as the reported 16 billion is unlikely to be enough to fully restore the Gulf of Mexico as the law requires We must ensure that the Gulf Coast and Mississippi River Delta are restored so future generations can enjoy an area that provides wintering ground to 10 million of our nation s ducks and geese each year and fishing opportunities unlike anywhere else in the world Such an important part of our nation s hunting and fishing heritage is worthy of comprehensive restoration and deserves a fair outcome from the damage done during the spill In Louisiana alone outdoor recreation generates 15 1 billion in consumer spending another 4 6 billion in salaries and 1 1 billion in state and federal taxes Outdoor activity also provides 146 000 jobs in Louisiana Hunting and fishing play a huge role in that economic activity activity that was put at risk by the oil spill and must be considered in any final resolution to this case Contact Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org Ben Weber National Wildlife Federation 225 421 9130 weberb nwf org New Orleans LA February 25

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : 2013 Conservation Pro Staff Announced
    the disappearing Mississippi River Delta Almost every outdoors business in America has its own pro staff Tawney said But this is the first time a conservation group has used this same idea to create a team of advocates for hunting and fishing habitat Our pro staff members are going to be on the ground on the airways and on the Internet fighting for the delta The wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta are eroding into the Gulf of Mexico at an average rate of a football field every hour Vanishing Paradise is a coalition led by the National Wildlife Federation Ducks Unlimited and the Louisiana Wildlife Federation that aims to restore the Mississippi River Delta by strategically reintroducing water and sediment from the Mississippi River into the rapidly eroding wetlands These coastal wetlands provide habitat for as much as 70 of the waterfowl in the Mississippi and Central Flyways and are important for both inshore and deepwater saltwater fish The Mississippi River Delta is also a nationally recognized bass fishery The members of Vanishing Paradise s new pro staff are Burton Angelle Louisiana Howard Malpass Louisiana Colin Anthony Missouri Luke McNally Washington Curtis Arnold Texas Mike McNett Illinois Chad Bell Louisiana Wade Middleton Texas Karen Brigman Nevada Matthew Miller Wisconsin Joey Buttram Indiana Robert Montgomery Missouri Joule Charney California Philip Nelson Florida Kyle Doherty Missouri John Pollmann South Dakota Charles Faircloth Alabama Taylor Schaltenbrand Illinois Mike Frenette Louisiana Sonny Schindler Mississippi Jeff Giffin Missouri Paul Strnad Wisconsin Joseph Gignac Arkansas Sean Turner Louisiana Joseph Hoffmann Minnesota Kirby Verret Louisiana Michael Kaufmann Illinois Travis Weige Texas Joel Lucks Tennessee Garrett Wishon North Carolina Contact Land Tawney tawney nwf org 406 370 3243 Andy McDaniels mcdanielsa nwf org 405 219 7878 Lacey McCormick mccormick nwf org 512 610 7765 New Orleans LA

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : Vanishing Paradise Names Advisory Council
    to inspire hunters and anglers across the country to take action on behalf of the Mississippi River Delta Vanishing Paradise is a coalition led by the National Wildlife Federation Ducks Unlimited and the Louisiana Wildlife Federation that aims to restore the Mississippi River Delta by strategically reintroducing water and sediment from the Mississippi River into the rapidly eroding wetlands at the river s mouth These coastal wetlands provide habitat for as much as 70 of the waterfowl in the Mississippi and Central Flyways and are important for the reproductive cycles of both inshore and deepwater saltwater fish The Mississippi River Delta is also a nationally recognized bass fishery Unfortunately the wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta are eroding into the Gulf of Mexico at an average rate of a football field every hour The ongoing degradation of the Mississippi River Delta should be a burning issue for American sportsmen and women no matter where they live said Tim Kizer the president of Sundog Inc and the chairperson of the advisory council Each member of the council will bring tremendous energy and unique insights to the table I m confident we will be able to move the ball forward on behalf of restoring this great American landscape Photo of Tim Kizer new council chair The members of Vanishing Paradise s new advisory council are Tim Kizer Chairman President of Sundog Inc Arkansas David Dellucci retired Major League Baseball player Louisiana Eric Cosby Vice President of CEMCO Inc Top Brass Tackle Mississippi Gabe Galster CEO of New Hope Prosthetic and Orthotic Services Inc Arkansas George Cooper Senior Vice President at Forbes Tate former president CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Virginia Hal Herring contributing editor at Field and Stream Montana Jared Mott Policy Director for the Bull Moose Sportsmen s Alliance

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : Duck Commander Urges Restoration Of Mississippi River Delta's Imperiled Wetlands
    this business because we love to duck hunt Without healthy wetlands we lose opportunities to do what we love and we lose a chance to pass our love for the outdoors to the next generation We are proud to support the Vanishing Paradise campaign The marshes and swamps of the Mississippi River Delta offer world class hunting and fishing opportunities They are the wintering grounds for as many as 10 million ducks and geese migrating through the middle of North America and are the nursery for fish that populate the entire Gulf of Mexico Unfortunately this unique and vital habitat is vanishing faster than any other landmass in the world Levees along the Mississippi River have starved the area s wetlands of vital sediment and freshwater while manmade canals have carved up wetlands and allowed saltwater to penetrate deep into freshwater and brackish swamps Nearly 2000 square miles of coastal habitat has been lost along Louisiana s coast in the last 80 years an area equal to the size of the state of Delaware Nearly 20 square miles sink or wash away every year That land loss threatens hunting and fishing opportunities entire communities and a unique culture and way of life Losing wetlands in the Mississippi River Delta means the loss of healthy waterfowl populations in this country said National Wildlife Federation Senior Manager for Sportsman Leadership Land Tawney The Vanishing Paradise Campaign has played a vital role in securing some much needed funding for the restoration of the delta but there is an enormous amount of work to be done if we hope to fully address this dire land loss The support of Duck Commander and other companies makes our work possible Vanishing Paradise worked tirelessly to rally support from sportsmen across the country to urge Congress to

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : Ducks Unlimited Scientist Recognized By Wildlife Society
    who so far may not have received major awards citations or prominent recognition Any award like this really reflects the fact that I have been fortunate enough to work with fantastic people Moorman said There has always been a person or a group of people who have provided education guidance friendship and generally set the stage for good work and solid achievements It is never a solo act that much I do know Utilizing his extensive experience with waterfowl and wetland research and management Moorman has guided Ducks Unlimited s planning and evaluation within the 13 state Southern Region to strengthen the science underlying DU s conservation programs By doing so he has made a marked and tangible difference in the efficiency and impact of waterfowl habitat delivery across the migration and wintering grounds of the Central Atlantic and Mississippi flyways One of his most significant accomplishments was directing in the Southern Region s rigorous evaluation of recent conservation deliveries and application of adaptive management to existing conservation programs Because of what Moorman began in 1999 DU continues to use innovative technological solutions and partnerships to answer the question What is the real value to waterfowl of the acres we re putting on the ground Dr Moorman continues to be an outstanding example of a consummate and well rounded wildlife professional excelling in a variety of important conservation arenas including restoration of natural systems in the Mississippi River Alluvial Valley science based conservation planning regional conservation communications and coordination of public policy work Hopkins said He is respected and admired by wildlife professionals across the country and we are very pleased to see him receive this well deserved recognition That widespread respect was evident in the diversity of wildlife professionals who endorsed his award nomination In addition to Hopkins endorsers

    Original URL path: http://vanishingparadise.org/press-room/ducks-unlimited-scientist-recognized-by-wildlife-society/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : National Poll Of Hunters And Anglers Shows Overwhelming Support For Gulf Clean-up
    s results further support the RESTORE Act an important piece of bipartisan bicameral legislation passed earlier this year that dedicates 80 percent of the Clean Water Act fines collected from BP and other responsible parties to restoring the Gulf Coast America s sportsmen and women understand the importance the entire Gulf Coast has for our nation s hunting and fishing heritage said Land Tawney National Wildlife Federation s senior manager for sportsmen leadership From the 10 million migratory waterfowl that use the marshes around the Mississippi River Delta for wintering grounds to the extremely important fisheries of the Gulf this is a region that matters to the entire nation The Gulf ecosystem suffered from rapid decline before the oil spill which only exacerbated existing landloss issues especially around the Mississippi River Delta Although much of the visible oil is gone some of the tar balls and tar mats stirred up by last month s Hurricane Isaac were identified as remnants from the 2010 Gulf spill The region remains in jeopardy as food supplies and habitats are still recovering from the impacts of oil and may face impacts from the spill for decades Restoring the Gulf is crucial to the safekeeping of our American conservation traditions Tawney continued This poll ultimately validates what so many individuals organizations and businesses have been calling for since the summer of 2010 that the Gulf s fish and wildlife habitats must be made whole and preserved for our future generations use and enjoyment Read the poll memo and slide deck at nwf org sportsmen and get more National Wildlife Federation news at nwf org news Poll background This national public opinion poll conducted among 800 self identified hunters and anglers was conducted by Chesapeake Beach Consulting from August 27 through September 1 2012 for the

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : National Sportsman’s Group Hails Congressional Progress On RESTORE Act
    Louisiana said Land Tawney National Wildlife Federation s senior manager for sportsmen leadership This issue is extremely important to the sportsmen and women of America and lies at the heart of our conservation heritage The RESTORE Act has been an important initiative in conservation legislation for hunters and anglers from across the country due to the 10 million migratory waterfowl that winter or stopover on the Mississippi River Delta and the hugely significant commercial and recreational fishery the Gulf produces The amendment comes at a crucial time for an ecosystem that faced extreme degradation before the oil spill which only added insult to injury Although much of the visible oil is gone the region remains in jeopardy as food supplies and habitats are still recovering from the impacts of oil and may face impacts from the spill for decades The outdoorsmen and women of Louisiana thank our congressional delegation especially Senators Landrieu and Vitter and Congressman Steve Scalise for their diligent and tireless work on the RESTORE Act said Chris Macaluso coastal outreach coordinator for the Louisiana Wildlife Federation Louisiana now stands a few signatures away from potentially billions to begin building the projects needed to restore and protect our vanishing coast It is now up to the hundreds of thousands of sportsmen and women in Louisiana to ensure these RESTORE Act dollars are put to work rebuilding our coast as quickly as possible The RESTORE Act will provide desperately needed funding for restoration of the Gulf Coast s wetlands said Bart James director of public policy for Ducks Unlimited Positioned at the terminus of the Central and Mississippi Flyways these wetlands represent the single most important wintering area for waterfowl in North America and a top priority for DU We applaud Congress for their hard work and vision in getting the RESTORE Act across the finish line to help restore the Gulf s wetlands that are the backbone of the nation s economy by supporting significant oil and gas navigation commercial fisheries and recreational hunting and fishing industries In addition to restoring ecosystems and communities a recent report by Mather Economics estimates that spending 1 5 billion per year in coastal wetland restoration would create 57 000 new jobs over the first 10 years Funding for such projects will be made possible through the RESTORE Act These jobs will not just rejuvenate an ailing economy but also provide a boost to a degraded environment an environmental and economic win win Using money from the oil spill to restore the Gulf makes sense to anglers all across the country said Jim Martin conservation director for the Berkley Conservation Institute which is part of the tackle manufacturer Pure Fishing Inc In February the Bassmaster Classic was held in Louisiana in the same region where premier saltwater fishing attracts sportsmen and women from all around the world It all depends on a healthy marsh that is the incubator for the fisheries of the Gulf It is a region that matters to sportsmen

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : The Coastal Master Plan: A Blueprint For The Delta’s Future
    the fish waterfowl and other wildlife of the great Mississippi River Delta said Land Tawney National Wildlife Federation s senior manager for sportsman leadership The plan would create or restore up to 800 square miles of coastal marshes while reducing damage from flooding and hurricanes by up to 18 billion annually These estimates depend on all 109 projects in the plan being constructed over the 50 year planning period Click here to support the plan by liking this photo on Facebook As we applaud the state Legislature for its leadership and commitment to restoration we must also now begin the difficult task of funding critical elements of the plan Tawney continued The 50 billion necessary to achieve the state s vision of restoration is far from guaranteed but it is vital for securing our future Louisiana is unified in addressing the coastal issues moving forward and sportsmen and women from across the country are now calling on Congress to pass the RESTORE Act so that we can work toward not just recovery from the oil spill but also long term coastal resiliency Take action here Read the full press release here newer older Search Join VP on Recent Blogs 04

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