Letter to Governor Edwards of Louisiana

On January 19, 2016, a group of 125 Louisiana sportsmen businesses and organizations sent a letter to the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards, asking that he stand firm on his campaign commitments to restore Louisiana’s coast. View press release.

January 19, 2016

Dear Governor John Bel Edwards,

Reversing Louisiana’s coastal land loss crisis is a high priority for our state. Every hour, an area of land the size of a football field vanishes from the coast of Louisiana. We have already lost an area of land the size of the state of Delaware. We must protect the rest and restore it for all who live along, work on or enjoy the coast.

Local anglers rely on robust coastal wetlands to provide habitat to support the next generation of redfish, trout, and bass. Louisiana’s hunters – even hunters across North America – depend on Louisiana’s healthy marsh to winter the 10 million ducks that migrate into or through the state every fall. Restoring this great natural resource is critical to sportsmen and outdoor recreation interests throughout Louisiana. It generates revenue for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, fishing and hunting guides, marinas, hotels, lodges, gas stations, grocery stores, tackle shops, restaurants, boat dealerships, and outdoor magazines, websites and blogs.

Successive governors and legislators have made steady progress toward building a bipartisan commitment to protecting and restoring our coastal communities, economy and wildlife. Governor Jindal and his administration maintained and built on that platform, and we consider the 2012 Coastal Master Plan a crucial turning point in our long-term fight.

We urge you to continue this momentum and make a firm commitment to embrace the 2012 Coastal Master Plan and ensure that fines from the 2010 Gulf oil spill disaster are spent on a range of effective, science-based restoration solutions. We need a combination of different projects that will work in tandem to build and sustain land, including sediment diversions, marsh creation, barrier island and headland reconstruction, ridge restoration, shoreline protection and hydrological restoration.

We also ask you to engage quickly in the planning process for the 2017 Coastal Master Plan and take the lead in establishing predictable, dedicated funding streams to fully finance coastal restoration. Several significant projects currently in the planning and engineering stages could be built during your administration leaving a legacy of optimism and security about Louisiana’s coast.

Vanishing Paradise and our partners stand ready to support your administration’s efforts to secure a future for coastal Louisiana. We will work with you to ensure healthy habitat and a strong ecological and economic future for the people who live and recreate on our coast. We must save this special place for future generations to enjoy. If we do nothing, we will lose our Sportsman’s Paradise.

Please commit to our state that science-based coastal restoration and a continuation of the Master Plan process is a priority for you as our next governor – and please make sure that real restoration moves forward now that you are elected.


Steve Bender, director of Vanishing Paradise
on behalf of the National Wildlife Federation and Louisiana Wildlife Federation

Louisiana Wildlife Federation
National Wildlife Federation

In Alphabetical Order:
A&R Services of Acadiana LLC
Advanced Pressure Cleaning
Adventure South Guide Service
American Hunter
American Sportsmen Against Poachers
Ascension Equipment & Rent-All
Awning World of LA

Backwater Charters LLC
Basin Bound
Bayou Segnette Boater’s Association
Belle Chasse Bed and Breakfast
BFC Marine Inc.
Big “O” Charters LLC.
Biological Surveys, Inc.
Black Bear Conservation Coalition
Bowie Outfitters
Buck Busters Seed Company

Cajun Catch Seafood Market & Deli
Cajun Fishing Adventures
Cajun Lures, LLC.
Cajun Unlimited
Calmwater Charters
Castor Creek Outdoors
CATCHDAT! Charters
Category 5 Outdoors
Chris Moran’s Marina LLC
Coastal Apparel
Coasty Marine I, LLC
Comrade Sporting Club
Conservation Force
Creative Cajun Cooking
Creole Nature Trail All-American Road
Critter Getter Pirogues & Mud Motors
Custom Charters LLC

Dautreuils Brick Block and Stone Inc.
David’s Taxidermy
DCS Marine Services LLC.
Deux Chenes Hunting Club
Diez Products LLC
Diez Signs LLC
Doe Trails Brick Art Sculpturing
Doug’s Hunting Lodge
Drytunes Waterproof Speakers
Duck Commander

EcoSystem Renewal, LLC

Fins to Feathers
Floyd ECOnsultants, LLC
Friends of the Atchafalaya
Full Throttle Hog Dogs

Gator Tail Outboards
Gator Trax Boats
Glover CPAs
Gorman Brothers
Gotta Go Charters
Grand Ridge Golf Course
Great Day, Inc.
Gun Talk

H2O Systems, Inc.
Harry Robert Insurance
Haydel Game calls
Hayes Medical
Holly construction
Hometown Consulting Inc.
Hoskin Airboats, Inc.

Industrial Consulting & Supply Corp.
Inspection Point Seals

Jean Lafitte Fishing Charters
Jefferson Rod and Gun Club
John Ballance Photography
Joule Solar Energy

k2 Coolers
Kelly McHugh & Associates, Inc.

Lafayette Shooters Wilderness and Wester
Lake Charles Conv. & Vis. Bureau
Lamm Family Care Homehealth and Hospice
Le Dez Industries Inc.
Light Tackle Charter LLC.
Louisiana B.A.S.S. Federation
Louisiana Fly Fishing Charters
Louisiana Marsh Guide Service
Louisiana Waterfowl Alliance

Marilyn’s Flowers and Catering
Marsh Dog
Marsh Rat Guide Service
Metal Shark Boats

New Orleans Big Game Fishing Club

Peace Keeper Charters
Phoenix Behavioral Hospital
Plaquemines Parish Government
Pro-Drive Shallow Water Outboards
Project Pelican, Inc.

Quack Heads Outfitters

Rapides Wildlife Association
Rat-L-Trap(Bill Lewis Outdoors)
Red Leg Waterfowl

Saline Lakeshore LLC
Salter’s Jiggin’Pole and Tackle
Sexton Kitchen and Bath
Silverside Timber
Southern Duckmen Outfitters
Spot On Fishing Adventures

Tagging Memories
Team Honda
Team Toyota
The Outdoor Kitchen Show
The Vindez Corporation
Trail Escapes LLC.
Trail Escapes Outdoor Adventures
Trainer’s Choice
Troy Landry’s Louisiana Alligators
Turner House Productions


Venice Charters Unlimited
Vince Diez Properties Inc.

Waterfowl Specialist Guide Service
Westwego Beautification Commission
Wetland Tours. LLC
Wolf Hunters Tactical
World Discovery Primos

Xspecktations Guide Service of Dulac

PDF of Letter and Signers

For media inquries, please contact Emily Guidry Schatzel, National Wildlife Federation, 225.253.9781, schatzele@nwf.org

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