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Nov 15 Nearly $370 Million Announced for Gulf Coast Restoration Projects

Funding to Support 24 Projects Across Gulf States (New Orleans – November 15, 2016) Today, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) approved a nearly $370 million investment in 24 Gulf Coast restoration projects. The projects are selected based on their ability to repair damaged areas and reduce the risk of future harm to natural

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Jul 13 Hunting and Angling Businesses Nationwide Urge Congress to Take Action on Everglades

Today, more than 150 fishing and hunting-focused businesses and organizations sent a letter to Congress asking for bold action to address the ongoing crisis in the Everglades and on Florida’s coasts. “Right now in South Florida, many beaches are covered in green slime and important seagrass beds are dying out. We have projects already drawn

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Jan 19 Sportsmen Businesses Call for New Louisiana Governor to Commit to Restoring Coast

Vanishing Paradise and 124 outdoors businesses send letter to Governor Edwards (BATON ROUGE, La. – January 19, 2016) Today, 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. The letter was

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Jan 12 Louisiana Releases Draft Annual Plan for Coastal Restoration and Protection

Plan Includes CPRA’s Recommendations for Two Sediment Diversions (BATON ROUGE, La. – January 12, 2016) Last week, Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) released its draft Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Plan for Integrated Ecosystem Restoration and Hurricane Protection in Coastal Louisiana. This year’s Annual Plan expands on last fall’s recommendation by CPRA to advance

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Aug 13 RESTORE Council Releases Priority List of Gulf Restoration Projects for Funding

Vanishing Paradise Calls List ‘Critical Step Forward for the Gulf’; Landmark Opportunity to Restore Habitat with BP Settlement Today, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration (RESTORE) Council released its Funded Priorities List (FPL) – a compilation of restoration projects the Council intends to prioritize for funding following the 2010 Gulf oil disaster. These projects will be

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Jul 02 Vanishing Paradise Responds to Landmark Gulf Oil Spill Settlement Announcement

Today’s Agreement on Settlement Dollars Puts Gulf on Road to Recovery This morning, BP, the U.S. Justice Department, and the five Gulf states made public the terms of a settlement agreement regarding the company’s role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. BP will pay $18.7 billion in penalties and damages for its role in

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Apr 16 Vanishing Paradise welcomes new Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator

twyla cheatwood formerly of La Seagrant

Twyla Cheatwood brings fisheries knowledge, science background, field experience to new role

Vanishing Paradise is pleased to announce the addition of Twyla Cheatwood to its staff as a Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator. Based in New Orleans, Cheatwood will work with hunters and anglers in Louisiana and Mississippi to educate and engage them on restoring … read more »

Dec 09 Restoring the Gulf of Mexico for Fish and Wildlife: New Report

Today, one of America’s leading wildlife conservation groups released a report outlining 47 projects that would improve the health of the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the 2010 oil spill. “We can’t undo the oil spill, but we can take concrete steps to make the Gulf of Mexico a better place for fish

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Nov 07 Texas Sportsmen to Gov. Abbott: BP's Oil Spill Fines Must Restore Coastal Habitats

“This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not only to bolster our state’s natural resources, but also to support and expand industries that rely on a healthy Gulf Coast.” Texas’ hunters and anglers want the governor’s office to use BP’s oil spill fines to restore wildlife habitats on the coast. That’s the message in a letter signed

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Sep 04 Sportsmen Group Responds to Ruling that BP Grossly Negligent in 2010 Deepwater Horizon Disaster

VP logo with text, web version

Sportsmen Group Responds to Ruling that BP Grossly Negligent in 2010 Deepwater Horizon Disaster Today’s ruling a vital step towards restoring the Gulf A federal judge has ruled today that BP was “grossly negligent” in its actions that led to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. This ruling means that the company

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Jun 06 Vanishing Paradise Partnering with SportingDog Adventures TV

Vanishing Paradise to Partner with SportingDog Adventures to Raise Awareness on Restoring Mississippi River Delta Delavan (June 6th, 2014) SportingDog Adventures TV and Vanishing Paradise are pleased to announce they have formalized a partnership that will begin with the 4th season airing of the show in 2014. “Conservation has always been a central theme on

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Dec 09 Deepwater Horizon Trustees Release Draft Early Restoration Plan

Deepwater Horizon Trustees Release Draft Early Restoration Plan Natural Resource Damage Assessment Process Moves Forward Last week, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Trustees have released their draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) and their draft Restoration Plan for Phase III of early NRDA restoration

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Nov 14 National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Announces Nearly $68 Million for Louisiana Restoration Project

$40.4 million dedicated to Mid-Barataria Diversion, a critical project to comprehensive coastal restoration Today, Vanishing Paradise, an effort uniting sportsmen and women from across the country to restore the Mississippi River Delta, released the following statement: “We applaud the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, for

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May 22 National Sportsman's Group Urges Gulf Restoration Council to Prioritize Ecosystem Projects

Group sends letter saying protecting wildlife and habitat will yield economic recovery for the Gulf Today, more than 350 hunting and fishing businesses and organizations sent a letter to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, asking that the Council prioritize restoration of the Gulf ecosystem in order to also achieve economic restoration in the region.

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Feb 24 Gulf Oil Spill Case: BP Needs to Be Held Accountable

BP is facing tens of billions of dollars in penalties as the U.S. Department of Justice and the British oil giant get ready to start trial Monday over civil charges stemming from the 2010 Gulf oil spill. However, a recent report in the Wall Street Journal suggests that the Department of Justice may be considering

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Jan 15 2013 Conservation Pro Staff Announced

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Hunters and anglers from across the country will advocate for the Mississippi River Delta The Vanishing Paradise coalition is taking a huge step forward by announcing the makeup of its 30-member promotional staff.

Land Tawney, who manages Vanishing Paradise on behalf of the National Wildlife Federation, says the group of volunteer leaders will … read more »

Jan 02 Vanishing Paradise Names Advisory Council

VPAC Tim Kizer

Members of the council have “a real passion for the outdoors” and “a proven record of success.” Today, Vanishing Paradise announced the members of its new advisory council, which is made up of a dozen conservation leaders from across the United States. Land Tawney, who manages the Vanishing Paradise coalition on behalf of the National

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Dec 04 Duck Commander Urges Restoration of Mississippi River Delta's Imperiled Wetlands

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Duck Commander, a world-leader in the manufacture of duck calls and waterfowl hunting equipment and the company featured in the A&E television program “Duck Dynasty,” recently added its name to a list of more than 800 businesses and organizations to sign a letter urging Congress to support the restoration of the Mississippi River Delta’s imperiled

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Oct 17 Ducks Unlimited Scientist Recognized by Wildlife Society

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (October 17, 2012) Ducks Unlimited director of science and public policy, Tom Moorman, Ph.D., has won The Wildlife Society’s (TWS) 2012 Jim McDonough Award. Moorman received the award at the TWS annual conference in Portland, Ore., on Monday, Oct. 15. “Dr. Moorman came into the public spotlight as the leader of DU’s

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Sep 25 National Poll of Hunters and Anglers Shows Overwhelming Support for Gulf Clean-up

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Baton Rouge, LA (September 25, 2012) Sportsmen and women want fines from 2010 Gulf oil disaster used to restore critical coastal ecosystems- A new national poll released today shows that hunters and anglers prioritize protecting the Gulf ecosystem and using fines paid by BP and other parties responsible for the 2010 Gulf

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Jun 28 National Sportsman's Group Hails Congressional Progress on RESTORE Act

Legislation will dedicate $5 to $21 billion to Gulf Coast restoration- Today, the coalition of more than 700 national state and local hunting and fishing organizations and businesses that is Vanishing Paradise praised the Senate and House for reaching an agreement on a Surface Transportation Extension Act conference report that includes the RESTORE Act. The

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May 22 The Coastal Master Plan: A Blueprint for the Delta's Future

graphic_Coastal Master Plan = more wetlands = more great fishing

Today, the Louisiana Legislature unanimously approved the 2012 Coastal Master Plan, a 50-year, science-based vision for restoring the rapidly disappearing coastal wetlands around the Mississippi River Delta. “The 2012 Coastal Master Plan illustrates the type of bold, decisive action needed to build a more secure future for the fish, waterfowl and other wildlife of the

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May 22 Vanishing Paradise Commends Louisiana Legislature for Approving State's 2012 Coastal Master Plan

Plan lays out vision for protecting and restoring Louisiana’s coastal resources and communities- The coalition of more than 700 national state and local hunting and fishing organizations and businesses that is Vanishing Paradise praised the Louisiana Legislature today for unanimously approving the 2012 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan, a 50-year blueprint for restoring the rapidly disappearing

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Mar 28 Shimano American Corporation Signs on to Vanishing Paradise's Letter to Congress

Shimano American Corporation, a world leader in fishing tackle design and manufacturing, and its G.Loomis Rods and PowerPro operations today added its name to a growing list of hunting and fishing business and organizations to sign a letter urging the federal government to support the restoration of the Mississippi River Delta. The letter is authored

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Mar 14 A Thank You Note From 35 Conservation Groups to 76 Senators

American Fisheries Society – American Fly Fishing Trade Association – American Sportfishing Association – Archery Trade Association – Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies – B.A.S.S. LLC – Berkley Conservation Institute, Pure Fishing – Boone and Crockett Club – Catch-A-Dream Foundation – Coastal Conservation Association – Center for Coastal Conservation – Conservation Force – The

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Mar 14 Vanishing Paradise Hails Senate Passage of RESTORE Act on Transportation Bill

Vote Follows Recent House Approval of Efforts to Dedicate BP Fines to Gulf Restoration- The coalition of more than 700 national state and local hunting and fishing organizations and businesses that is Vanishing Paradise commended the Senate today for passing the Surface Transportation Bill with the RESTORE the Gulf Coast States Act included as an

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Mar 09 RESTORE Act Passes Senate with Strong Bipartisan Support

Oiled Marsh - Photo courtesy of the Louisiana Governor's Office

Yesterday afternoon, the Senate passed the RESTORE Act amendment with an overwhelming show of bipartisan support—the final vote was 76 to 22. This legislation would dedicate 80 percent of the Clean Water Act fines from the oil disaster to restoring the Gulf’s economies and ecosystems. “Today, the Senate has taken a big step to make

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Mar 08 National Sportsman's Group Praises Senate for Passing Gulf Restoration Amendment

Today’s Vote Follows Recent House Approval of Similar Amendment Vanishing Paradise—an effort by National Wildlife Federation (NWF) to unite sportsmen and women on the important issue of Mississippi River Delta restoration—praised the Senate today for its strong bipartisan approval of legislation that would dedicate 80 percent of the Clean Water Act (CWA) fines for the

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Feb 27 Oil and water mixing in a vanishing paradise

The Gulf Oil Spill nearly two years later It’s been nearly two years since the nation witnessed one of the largest oil spills in U.S. history. In that time, Congress still has not taken decisive action to restore the Gulf Coast and its billion-dollar natural-resources-based economy. Please join us at a briefing event next week

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Feb 16 National Sportsmen's Groups to Congress: 'Restore Mississippi River Delta and Gulf Coast Now'

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New Orleans, LA (February 16, 2013) More than 650 outdoors companies and organizations sign on to letters calling for Gulf restoration Washington, D.C., February 16, 2012—A group of more than 650 hunting, fishing and outdoor sporting businesses and organizations are sending two sign-on letters to Congress today with a clear message —restore

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