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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : Vanishing Paradise Commends Louisiana Legislature For Approving State’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan
    s senior manager for sportsman leadership We must reconnect the river to its wetlands and repair the coast that provides world class fresh and saltwater fishing opportunities and gives millions of our nation s waterfowl a warm home for the winter 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 The RESTORE Act currently making its way through Congress would dedicate 80 percent of Clean Water Act penalties from the gulf oil disaster toward Gulf Coast environmental and economic restoration These funds could be used to jump start the development of restoration projects in the Coastal Master Plan which is expected to cost 50 billion over the next fifty years 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

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : Shimano American Corporation Signs On To Vanishing Paradise’s Letter To Congress
    750 businesses and organizations including a host of local tackle shops and charter fishermen and guides have signed the letter and pledged their support to the Vanishing Paradise campaign Vanishing Paradise has spearheaded an effort among sportsmen to pass the RESTORE Act legislation recently passed by the Senate that directs 80 percent of Clean Water Act penalties for the 2010 Gulf oil spill back to the Gulf Coast for ecosystem and economic recovery Having Shimano a household name in the fishing industry sign this letter shows how much appreciation and understanding there is in the fishing and hunting community for Louisiana s vital and productive but rapidly vanishing coastal habitats said Land Tawney National Wildlife Federation s senior manager for sportsmen leadership We are making significant strides in helping the federal and local governments advance legislation that will help restore these incredible resources We couldn t do that without the help of companies like Shimano and the other great supporters who have signed our letter to Congress Sportsmen have always been the conservation leaders in this country and now they are leading the fight to restore the Mississippi River Delta The wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta serve as the nursery grounds for fish that populate the entire Gulf of Mexico and are one of the most important wintering grounds in the nation for waterfowl and other migrating birds However more than 1 900 square miles of that vital habitat has vanished from Louisiana s coastal marshes in the last 80 years a direct result of levees built along the Mississippi River Delta that have isolated the sediment and fresh water that once built and replenished the rich coastal marshes swamps and barrier islands Adding to the habitat loss are thousands of miles of man made waterways that have cut

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : A Thank You Note From 35 Conservation Groups To 76 Senators
    to express our profound thanks for voting in favor of the RESTORE Act and Land and Water Conservation Fund amendment to the Transportation bill That amendment which passed with an overwhelming 76 bipartisan votes dedicates 80 percent of Clean Water Act penalties collected from the responsible parties to restoration of Gulf Coast resources and economies The amendment also includes 700 million dedicated funding of Offshore Continental Shelf lease revenues for two years through the LWCF and reauthorizes the fund for ten years It is an enormous win for sportsmen and job seekers throughout the nation As you know the RESTORE Act and LWCF funding amendment will invest billions in needed conservation projects in the Gulf and throughout the country The RESTORE Act dedicates Clean Water Act penalty funds from the BP spill to habitat restoration conservation and other projects that will restore the health of the Gulf of Mexico for the benefit of all Americans As such it is a high priority for sportsmen The Mississippi River Delta alone supports some of the best hunting and fishing in the world It hosts millions of ducks and geese during the winter roughly 70 percent of the waterfowl that use the Central and Mississippi flyways Louisiana is one of the only places where you can catch bass redfish and tuna all within 25 miles from shore Roughly one third of all saltwater recreational fishing trips take place in the Gulf of Mexico The LWCF program provides funding for the conservation of critical game habitat such as the Fish and Wildlife Service s Dakota Grasslands Conservation Area that is working with private landowners to place conservation easements on nearly two million acres of some of the most important waterfowl breeding habitat in North America Moreover funding provided by the RESTORE Act and LWCF

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : Vanishing Paradise Hails Senate Passage Of RESTORE Act On Transportation Bill
    organizations and businesses have stepped up over the past year to voice strong support for restoring the Mississippi River Delta Tawney continued This issue isn t new to American sportsmen and women this is our conservation issue for our time 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 This move helps Louisiana s coast its wildlife and fisheries and its people and communities take a big step forward in efforts to repair not only damages from the oil spill but also to begin addressing the dire coastal land loss that has plagued our state for the last 80 years said Louisiana Wildlife Federation s Coastal Outreach Coordinator Chris Macaluso Louisianans have watched our coast vanish before our eyes for nearly a century including losing some of the world s best wildlife and fisheries habitat Now that the Senate has shown a commitment to addressing this much needed restoration Louisiana has hope that it can start putting the resources needed toward the projects that will help save what we have left and hopefully turn land lost into habitat gained in the coming decades Sportsmen and advocates from outside the Gulf are also praising the devotion of resources to reviving the Gulf ecosystem With our state s location in the Mississippi Flyway Illinois waterfowl depend heavily on the Gulf Coast as a wintering ground said Mike Galloway of Hard Core Brands Restoring the Gulf means providing our waterfowl with healthy habitat and that s something Illinois sportsmen and women can support Now we look forward to Congress passing and the President signing into law the final transportation bill with the RESTORE Act The Senate s approval of this measure to use money from the oil spill to restore the Gulf resonates with hunters and anglers across the nation said Jim Martin director of the Berkley Conservation Institute The Gulf Coast supports a world class fresh and saltwater fishery vital to our business and outdoor heritage so it s a region that matters Using money from the oil spill to restore the Gulf makes sense to anglers and hunters even in places like Nebraska and Iowa said Teeg Stouffer Executive Director at Recycled Fish Many of our nation s waterfowl including the sandhill cranes that are famous in Nebraska spend part of their lives on the Gulf Coast Anglers around the world have watched the BASSMASTER Classic the Superbowl of fishing play out on the stage

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : RESTORE Act Passes Senate With Strong Bipartisan Support
    years of significant funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund a measure that ensures public access for hunting fishing and other outdoor activities across America is a great day for anyone who hunts or fishes said Land Tawney National Wildlife Federation s senior manager for sportsmen leadership Photo courtesy of the Louisiana Governor s Office While this vote is a positive development it s not over yet A vote on the overall Senate transportation bill could come early next week The House has already passed a lite version of the RESTORE Act as an amendment to their transportation bill but has not passed a transportation bill itself Once both transportation bills pass the differences between the two will need to be worked out in conference Vanishing Paradise will be working hard to make sure the Senate version of the RESTORE Act is included in whatever the final package is but yesterday s win and the recent show of support for RESTORE on the House amendment puts us in a strong position to ensure that money from BP s oil spill fines ends up dedicated to restoration There is also the possibility that BP and the Department of Justice will settle the case before it goes to trial Read Vanishing Paradise s take on what any settlement agreement needs to include here This vote would not have turned out as well as it did without strong support from the sportsmen community Most of the major sportsmen s conservation groups in the country were actively supporting the RESTORE Act The principles behind the RESTORE Act have wide public support A nationwide poll of 1 006 likely general election voters showed that 83 percent of U S voters support dedicating BP s oil spill fines to the region affected while only 7

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : National Sportsman’s Group Praises Senate For Passing Gulf Restoration Amendment
    wing beats and the tails of redfish can be heard spurring us on This is our time and our conservation issue Coupling the RESTORE Act with two years of significant funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund a measure that ensures public access for hunting fishing and other outdoor activities across America is a great day for anyone who hunts or fishes said Land Tawney National Wildlife Federation s senior manager for sportsmen leadership The damage was done in the Gulf and that s where the penalty money from the spill belongs It s only fair that the fines come back to the area to help repair damage to the environment and the economy Tawney continued The legislation will ensure that penalties paid by BP and others responsible for the 2010 Gulf oil disaster are used to rebuild the economies of Gulf Coast communities that were impacted by the spill and to restore the natural resources ecosystems fisheries marine and wildlife habitats beaches barrier islands dunes coastal wetlands that are the foundation of the Gulf Coast economy The Senate s approval of the RESTORE Act follows the House s recent approval of an amendment by the same name introduced by Rep Steve Scalise R La Both the House and Senate bills affirm the principle that the penalties for the Gulf oil spill belong in the Gulf for restoration Now we need the House and the Senate to work out the differences between these two amendments in conference and enact RESTORE into law to bring this victory home for the people wildlife and habitat of the Gulf region Tawney concluded We look forward to working with House Senate and Gulf Coast leaders to make RESTORE a reality The Mississippi River Delta provides a wintering or stopover ground for 10 million

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : Oil And Water Mixing In A Vanishing Paradise
    and Congress s role in them and have your questions answered by experts from the Gulf Coast region When February 28 2012 at 11 30 a m Where Cannon House Office Building Room 334 map National experts will provide an exclusive update on waterfowl fisheries and wetland habitat nearly two years after the spill They will give a brief assessment of what has happened to duck populations and the Gulf s marshes since the spill and the need for action These experts will include Dale Humburg chief scientist for Ducks Unlimited Captain Ryan Lambert professional fishing and hunting guide in the bays and marshes of the Gulf of Mexico Chris Macaluso Louisiana Wildlife Federation s coastal outreach coordinator Dr Tom Moorman director of conservation planning for DU s Southern Region Gulf Coast facts Did you know More than 200 million gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico and contaminated more than 1 000 miles of coastline Up to 15 3 million ducks and geese winter in the Gulf Coast every year Chick Fil A sandwiches will be provided for the first 100 event attendees Contact Sam Jefferies sjefferies ducks org 202 347 1530 Emily Schatzel guidrye nwf org

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : National Sportsmen’s Groups To Congress: ‘Restore Mississippi River Delta And Gulf Coast Now’
    to take action and make the Gulf whole The delta has suffered years of damage and is being lost at an alarming rate a football field of land disappears every hour Tawney continued The oil spill added insult to injury for this area and the entire Gulf region Now is the time for Congress to pass the RESTORE Act to ensure that oil spill fines reach the Gulf where the latest round of damage was done The second letter was signed by a group of 30 national conservation and outdoors organizations calling on Congress to move on the RESTORE Act to move proactively toward using the Clean Water Act penalties assessed against BP and other companies toward comprehensive environmental and economic restoration of the Gulf A bipartisan poll this spring showed that 83 percent of voters nationwide support and 69 percent strongly support dedicating the Gulf oil spill penalties to restoring the Mississippi River Delta and Gulf Coast The poll also showed that an overwhelming majority of conservative voters favor this proposal including 76 percent of Republicans and 78 percent of voters who agree with the Tea Party movement Nearly 500 miles almost half of the coastline in Louisiana Mississippi Alabama and Florida that was contaminated by the Gulf oil spill remain oiled one year later according to the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration Sportsmen around the Gulf and all those who call the region home want to see specific steps taken to restore the area s natural resources said Geoff Mullins senior director at the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation partnership and Mobile AL native It is a quality of life issue in numerous respects from the recreational opportunities these resources offer to the significant dollars and jobs they bring to the local economies Restoring the Gulf and the Mississippi River Delta is an important issue for all sportsmen said Mike Iaconelli 2003 Bassmasters Classic champion Those of us who hunt or fish need to step up and show we care about this issue The disappearing Mississippi River Delta is not a problem we can t fix and Congress has a chance to do what s right for the Gulf Coast Now is the time for them to take action Recreational fishing contributes 41 billion dollars in economic output in the Gulf Coast region annually and supports more than 300 000 jobs This economic engine will sputter if critical fisheries habitat is not better conserved and managed in the Gulf said Gordon Robertson vice president of the American Sportfishing Association We urge Congress to act now to provide a much needed investment in business recovery and fisheries resources for the region Generations of Louisiana hunters and fishermen have enjoyed the rare bounty that Louisiana has offered from its rich estuary said Capt Ryan Lambert owner of Cajun Fishing Adventures a fishing and waterfowl hunting lodge and guide service located near the mouth of the Mississippi River near Venice Louisiana Every old timer has stories to tell of great times spent outdoors

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