News & Updates

The latest news, updates and events from our campaign to protect and restore the Mississippi River delta.

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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Jun 04 New 'Hydrocoast Map' Methodology Gives Louisiana Anglers Insight into Estuarine Activity

Scientific Analysis of Salinity, Weather Patterns, Water Movement Helpful for Recreation and Commercial Fishermen Today, scientists at one of Vanishing Paradises’ partner organizations the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) released details of how “Hydrocoast Maps” track pollutants, fish activity and salinity in Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain Basin in hopes of encouraging similar mapping efforts of other

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Apr 29 Gulf Restoration and the 2015 Sportsmen's Act

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I’m writing this on the 5th anniversary of the BP Gulf oil spill. And my concern for the health of Gulf wetlands is as strong today as it was before the spill.

Credit: Lew Carpenter I’ve been fishing out of Venice, Louisiana for the past 15 years – before Hurricane Katrina and before … read more »

Apr 16 Vanishing Paradise welcomes new Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator

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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 »

Apr 10 Louisiana's Specks Five Years Later

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Significant events become part of the fabric of our lives. Everything from personal occasions like wedding days to national traumas like September 11 are seared into our memory banks and are recalled again and again, as if in HD. For many, the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig was just such an event. For

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Mar 11 Outdoor Industry Launches Conservation Initiative

Article recently posted to Field & Stream announces industry partnership to directly support conservation. Did you know that the U.S. federal government spends less than one percent of the budget on conservation and protection of water, air and soil? Fortunately, the outdoor industry is stepping up in a big way to protect public lands, wildlife

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Feb 12 Join Us: Exciting Opportunities & Milestones

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This year is shaping up to be an important one for the Vanishing Paradise team. It is an election year in Louisiana, and it is important that all of the candidates running for governor know that coastal restoration is important to the people of Louisiana. Restoring Louisiana’s disappearing coastal wetlands is an issue of economic

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Jan 29 Making Coastal Restoration Sexy?

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The Vanishing Paradise team once again attended the international Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show. Each year, more than 60,000 individuals from across the country and across the globe come together to present their latest and greatest products for hunting and tactical use. At the show, celebrities mingle with industry types, and booths vie for

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Dec 09 How to Improve the Gulf's Fishing and Hunting Habitats

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The fish and wildlife habitats of the Gulf Coast provide great recreation for sportsmen and women from all over the country. Regrettably, the region is losing more wetlands than anywhere else in the U.S. It is critical to sportsmen and to the economy to restore these vanishing wetlands, but it’s going to take a monumental

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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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Oct 23 Louisiana Duck Hunters' Best Kept Secret #TBT

The wetlands of the Wax Lake Delta grow larger and larger every year and the area one of the prime wintering grounds for the ducks and geese that travel the Central and Mississippi Flyways. Learn more about this special place from our 2012 video:

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Oct 02 You Could Win the Hodgman Gear Giveaway!

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You could win Hodgman Aesis Sonic Digi Stocking Foot Wader & Boots. This new product from Hodgman won’t be available to the rest of the public until January 15th but you could win them by taking action to help restore the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River Delta. Powered by the next generation of

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Sep 27 Take Your Kids Outdoors for National Hunting & Fishing Day

Saturday, September 27th is National Hunting & Fishing Day. For generations people have taught their children to hunt and fish, but that lifestyle is in danger as kids spend most of their time inside. Learn more by watching this Conservation Corner piece on SportingDog Adventures: In honor of National Hunting & Fishing Day, we hope

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Sep 26 Sept. 20-27 is Louisiana Estuaries Week

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Our favorite time of year is here! Fall fishing in Louisiana is right around the corner and teal season is in full swing. With the heat of summer somewhat behind us, we can finally start to enjoy the beginning of hunting season. We made it! We hope most of you are out there having fun

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

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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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Aug 15 Guidelines for Spending RESTORE Act Dollars Announced by Treasury Department

This week, the U.S. Treasury Department released guidelines on how money from the RESTORE Act can be spent. The rules govern a 35% portion of RESTORE Act money that will be divided equally among the Gulf States and 5% dedicated for science. Vanishing Paradise Director Steve Bender released the following statement: “These rules represent progress

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Aug 07 Reflecting Back, Looking Ahead

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This blog originally appeared on the blog Speckled Truth on July 30, 2014. by Christopher Bush It’s a simple life. As the dew drips off the camp windows as a result of the thick humid air, you hear the gentle beep of a coffee pot finishing its brew. However, before you pour a cup, you

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Aug 07 Congrats to the winner of Top Brass Giveaway!

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Congratulations to Chris Holmes of Chalmette, LA for winning the Top Brass giveaway! The prize included a Sturm Mil-Tec Tactical Backpack, 9 Packs Top Brass Tungsten, 12 Packs Top Brass Super Spike Jigs, 20 Packs Assorted Top Brass Brass Weights and Glass Beads, Outdoor Youth Adventures coloring books, picture frame and more. (We’re completely jealous).

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Jul 30 The Wax Lake Delta: Rebuilding Coastal Wetlands and Natural Habitats

For a few weeks I have been organizing a trip out to the Wax Lake Delta. I’ve been busy sending out invitations, collecting RSVP’s, securing boats, speakers and guides, and educating myself on the area’s history, geology and ecology. Finally, yesterday was the culmination of all that work. I will admit something to you- before

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Jul 29 Join Us in Mississippi for Wildlife Extravaganza!

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(UPDATED) Vanishing Paradise team is headed this weekend to the Mississippi Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Extravaganza held in Jackson, MS. In partnership with the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, VP is hosting an education booth to discuss coastal restoration and RESTORE Act implementation with the 20,000 attendees at the annual sportsman’s trade show. The ‘Ganza will kick off

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Jul 25 Vanishing Paradise Spreads Message of Coastal Restoration to World's Largest Sportfishing Trade Show

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From every corner of the globe, 11,000 exhibitors, buyers and media converged on the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) July 15-18 for the world’s largest recreational fishing trade show. The 57th International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), is the global showcase for the latest

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Jun 26 Hunting and Fishing Industry Mourns the Passing of a Great Artist

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Chris Armstrong and a big bull redfish while fishing out of Venice, LA, during the annual Marsh Madness event. This past spring, the hunting a fishing industry lost a talented and intuitive artist named Chris Armstrong. I worked closely with Armstrong during my tenure as editor of Western Outdoors magazine, and a strong friendship evolved

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Jun 04 Water: It Connects Us All

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I recently attended National Wildlife Federation’s Annual Meeting of affiliates. Sitting in the closing session of the meeting, I was inspired to see people from all different cultural, political, geographic and economic backgrounds coming together to better our nation’s conservation future. Over the course of three days, forty-nine NWF affiliate conservation organizations met in Baltimore

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May 29 Invasives Take a Bite Out of Wetlands

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Most anglers know that Asian carp are harming this nation’s fisheries, from the Upper Midwest down to the Gulf Coast and eastward through the Ohio River watershed. What many do not realize, however, is that other exotics also are doing severe damage. They don’t receive as much publicity because their range is more limited. But

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May 21 Coastal Restoration and the 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session

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Louisiana State Capitol Building, Photo by Chrismiceli UPDATED – Things are ramping up in the world of coastal restoration in Louisiana. Some Gulf oil spill money is in sight, restoration projects are underway, and the legislature is keeping all of that in mind. Following are some of the important bills making their way through the

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Apr 25 Looking Back, Moving Ahead

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This past week, four years after the Gulf oil disaster began, BP declared active clean up complete in Louisiana. However, volumes of oil continue to surface, and studies from both the field and laboratory continue to indicate that the full impact to coastal Gulf habitat is far from over. New scientific studies show how the

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Apr 16 D.C. Students Given Tour of La. Coast

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Hi, my name is Sean Turner and I’m in 5th grade at Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy, and the youngest member of the Vanishing Paradise Pro Staff. Recently, Mr. Chuck Perrodin (with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority ) asked me to talk to 25 high schoolers from Washington D.C. about our coast and what we’re

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Feb 27 Get the science right: Diverting river sediment is key to saving the coast

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David Muth stresses the importance of diversions to the coastal wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta in a recent article on The Lens.

The Mississippi is certainly not our grandfather’s, or even our great-great grandmother’s river. We don’t generally have to face with dread the danger of crevasses and flooding each spring and … read more »

Feb 07 Garret Graves Announces Resignation

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Photo courtesy LA CPRA This week, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) Chairman Garret Graves announced he will resign on February 17. Vanishing Paradise greatly appreciates Graves’ tireless efforts to restore the Mississippi River Delta. Faced with multiple serious storms and the nation’s largest oil spill, Graves made significant strides toward creating a sustainable

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Feb 06 Vanishing Paradise Team Attends SHOT Show 2014

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There’s one trade show during the year that hosts the entirety of the hunting industry – SHOT Show. Attracting industry professionals from the United States and more than 100 other countries, the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) shattered attendance records in early January. It is giving industry professionals good reason to believe

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