News & Updates

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

Jan 17 La CPRA Hosts Public Meetings on Draft Coastal Plan

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Sportman’s Paradise is like few other places in the world in terms of its abundance and diversity of fish and wildlife. Sadly, the tapestry is unraveling as Louisiana’s coast vanishes. Recently, Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) released its draft of the 2017 Coastal Master Plan — a plan that serves as the blueprint

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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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Oct 03 U.S. Senate Coastal Issues Forum in Baton Rouge

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Coastal land loss is one of the most important issues facing Louisiana. This week you can learn firsthand how our next senator plans to deal with challenges and opportunities related to coastal restoration. Our friends, the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, is hosting a US Senate Coastal Issues Forum in Baton Rouge. Top six candidates—Charles

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Sep 27 Abundant Opportunities to Comment on Restoration This Fall

This autumn is packed with opportunities to weigh in on restoration plans in Louisiana and throughout the Gulf. Now is an important time to show your support for strong restoration plans, based on the best science, which will do the most good for the Gulf and our Louisiana coast. Check out the calendar below for

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Aug 26 Industry Strength, Everglades Crisis

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ICAST 2016. Photo courtesy of American Sportfishing Association This summer, 15,000 people—from exhibitors to buyers to outdoor media—converged in Orlando for the 59th International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST. Produced by the American Sportfishing Association, ICAST is the world’s largest sportfishing industry trade show and it is the ultimate showcase for

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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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Jun 13 Conservation on Tap this Week in New Orleans

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Please join us this week for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and door prizes to learn about the importance of coastal restoration, and how we can protect the future of our sportsman heritage. You are welcome to bring a friend or family member who is also an avid sportsman and is passionate about the restoration of our

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Jun 08 Now Hiring: Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator

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The National Wildlife Federation is seeking a Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator to join our Vanishing Paradise team. The Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator engages and organizes individual hunters, anglers, sportsmen’s groups, businesses, and other conservation organizations to support Mississippi River Delta (MRD) and Gulf Coast restoration. This employee will be based at the Regional Center in Austin and

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Apr 27 The Bonnet Carré Provides Plenty of Recreational Opportunities

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Bald eagle sits on the Bonnet Carré Structure In January of this year, high water on the lower Mississippi River prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to open of the Bonnet Carré Spillway for the 11th time in its 85-year history. The Bonnet Carré Spillway doesn’t just help lower water levels pressing against the

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Apr 14 Register for Conservation on Tap - April 20th

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Register today for our popular Conservation on Tap on Wednesday, April 20th, in Baton Rouge or Lafayette, Louisiana. Vanishing Paradise, Whole Foods and New Belgium Brewery is offering a fun evening of conservation, craft beer, and cheese samplings. Join us at either the Whole Foods Baton Rouge or Lafayette stores to learn about coastal restoration

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Apr 06 Florida Bay: A Vision of Paradise, in Decline

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Florida Bay American anglers have never had to travel to the Bahamas, Panama, or Belize to experience the thrill of hooking a bonefish in clear Caribbean waters over blazing white sand, the boat’s horizon studded with coral heads and small mangrove keys: the very vision of paradise. We can do all this—without a passport—by

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Apr 05 Two Whole Foods Stores Designate Vanishing Paradise for Community Giving Day

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Mark your calendar! On Wednesday, April 20th, you can support our efforts to help restore Coastal Louisiana’s waterfowl and fishing habitats by shopping at Whole Foods. Both the Whole Foods Market stores in Baton Rouge and Lafayette have designated Vanishing Paradise, a sportsmen outreach program by the National Wildlife Federation, for its upcoming Community Giving

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Mar 14 A Review of the 2015 Louisiana Duck Season

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Spring is here! As the flowers and trees start to blossom, and the weather starts to change, we can reflect back on the 2015 duck hunting season. Another great season is in the books, as many great memories were made between families and friends, and many ducks were bagged across the state.

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Feb 25 Tell President Obama NO to Diverting GOMESA Funds


A recent proposal by President Obama would divert funds intended for coastal restoration in Louisiana. The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) was created in 2006 to allow Gulf states to receive a portion of federal oil revenue from offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The first GOMESA payments were to begin next

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Jan 29 Vanishing Paradise Brings Conservation Message to 2016 SHOT Show

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SHOT Show 2016 Attendees of the hunting and shooting sports’ monolithic trade show – The SHOT Show – are often overwhelmed by sensory overload. With 64,000 attendees and aisles of firearms and associated products stretching 12.5 miles if you lined them all up, keeping one’s head on straight is a challenge. However, as veterans

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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 15 Bonnet Carré May Temporarily Impact Louisiana Sportsmen, Conditions Likely to Rebound Quickly

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Written by Emily Guidry Schatzel and Erin Brown This is the second in a two-part series on the Mississippi River high water event, the opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway, the potential to utilize sediment for restoration and the possible impacts to hunting and fishing. The first part can be read here. Heavy winter rainfall

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Jan 14 Spillway Opening Highlights Need to Harness Sediment to Restore Coastal Habitat

BC Spillway opening - On January 10, 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Bonnet Carré Spillway to relieve pressures on levees, sending up to 250,000  cubic feet per second of sediment-laden water from the Mississippi River into Lake Pontchartrain.

This is the first in a two-part series on the Mississippi River high water event, the opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway, the potential to utilize sediment for restoration and the possible impacts to hunting and fishing.

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Jan 06 Deadline Approaching for Louisiana Sign-On Letter to Gov.-elect Edwards

This Friday, January 8th, is the final date for CEOs, presidents or board chairs to sign their business or sportsmen club onto the letter to Louisiana’s Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards urging him to make a firm commitment to coastal restoration during his administration. Louisiana is truly a sportsman’s paradise, but the coast is quickly vanishing.

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Dec 01 Upcoming Conservation on Tap Event in New Orleans

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Come visit with the Vanishing Paradise team next week in New Orleans for our next CONSERVATION ON TAP event. Coastal Louisiana will soon receive billions of dollars from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon settlement. Join us at NOLA Brewing Co. and find out about the opportunities and risks of this game-changing funding source. Brewery tour and

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Nov 25 A Year of Coastal Restoration Milestones

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The Gulf Coast ecosystem, and Louisiana’s Mississippi River Delta, is a region in dire need of comprehensive restoration. We all know the harrowing statistic facing coastal Louisiana: every hour, a football field of land vanishes off the coast. According to historical averages, Louisiana loses 16 to 25 square miles per year. The rest of the

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Nov 21 Thankful for Duck Season in Louisiana and Great Family Memories

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Teal season closing weekend. September 26-27, 2015. Here we are, mid-November in Louisiana. As the seasons start to change, the cool fronts of fall bring flights of migratory birds into the rich Mississippi River Delta. This means one thing for sportsmen and sportswomen of the area… duck season! Louisiana had a very successful teal season

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Nov 10 Sportsmen Celebrate BP Settlement with Wide Open Marsh Fishing

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Tony Taylor (left), owner of Louisiana Sportsmen Magazine and Ray Hill (casting to the bull hole) of WileyX sunglasses fishing the end of the Southwest Pass, Mississippi River. The Vanishing Paradise (VP) team hit the marsh spot-on for wide-open fishing at the beginning of October to celebrate the BP settlement. Vanishing Paradise, along with industry

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Oct 22 Vanishing Paradise Welcomes Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator

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Erin Brown is the newest member of the Vanishing Paradise team, joining the campaign as Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator. A native of Covington, La., Erin comes from a long line of Louisiana outdoorsmen. Her father was a commercial fisherman who is now a wetland biologist, and her family is full of avid hunters and anglers. She

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Oct 14 Conservation on Tap Event, Gulfport, MS

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Grab a beer and chat with Vanishing Paradise and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation. Deadline to register is Thursday, October 15th!

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Oct 13 Louisiana's RESTORE Dollars Should Not Be Redirected from Coastal Restoration

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Recently, Gov. Bobby Jindal asked coastal restoration officials to change state policy to allow some of the BP oil disaster settlement to be used to pay for part of the remaining $350 million extension of Louisiana Highway 1 connecting Port Fourchon with Golden Meadow. Under the RESTORE Act, a portion of the Clean Water Act

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Sep 11 Brad Young, Steve Bender: "Secure the Mississippi Coast's future"

This letter originally appeared in the 9/11/15 release of the Clarion-Ledger. This summer, the Justice Department, the five Gulf Coast states and BP announced an $18.7 billion agreement in principle to settle all of the remaining state and federal claims against BP. For wildlife in the Gulf, this is welcome news. Though the legal wrangling

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Sep 01 Outdoor Kitchen Show: "This is a lot of money. Don't mess it up"

This letter originally appeared in the 7/20/15 release of The Creole. Whether you saw it on Facebook or read it in an actual newspaper, most of us know that on Thursday, July 2, the Department of Justice and the five Gulf states reached a settlement with BP for the 2010 Gulf oil disaster for $18.7

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Aug 25 Why Estuaries Matter to Sportsmen

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The Gulf of Mexico estuaries are among the most productive natural habitats in the world. Estuaries are areas where rivers meet the sea, mixing freshwater and saltwater and creating some of the most productive habitats anywhere on the planet. They serve as spawning, nursery, and feeding grounds for nearly all of the Gulf’s recreational fish

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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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