About Us

Vanishing Paradise is a program launched in 2009 by the National Wildlife Federation and Ducks Unlimited to advocate for restoration of the Mississippi River Delta among sportsmen and women across the country. We work with businesses, organizations and individuals nationwide to restore Louisiana’s waterfowl and fishing habitat by reconnecting the Mississippi River with its wetlands.

Our Staff

Our team remains committed to restoring the Mississippi River Delta, and since the 2010 Gulf oil spill, we have expanded our advocacy to helping restore other critical habitats along the Gulf Coast.

Bill Cooksey

Erin Brown

Steve Bender

Emily Guidry Schatzel

Kelly Wagner

Lew Carpenter

Alisha Renfro


National Wildlife Federation

National Wildlife Federation inspires Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. Founded in 1936 by editorial cartoonist J.N. “Ding” Darling, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has emerged as a premiere grass-roots conservation organization, leading an integrated network of four million members and supporters and 47 state-based affiliated organizations throughout the United States. Through a range of publications, grassroots networks, and professional staff NWF unites Americans in their shared value of wildlife conservation.

Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited was founded in 1937 to conserve, restore, and manage wetlands for North America’s waterfowl. DU is a charitable, non-profit,501©(3) organization with over one million members and supporters in all 50 states. DU has helped conserve over 12 million acres of habitat. Ducks Unlimited has worked to conserve over 240,000 acres of waterfowl habitat throughout Louisiana. These marshes were once among the most productive wetland systems in North America, regularly holding half of the wintering duck population of the Mississippi Flyway. Today, the region’s ability to support waterfowl has been severely compromised by natural and human-induced changes that have caused dramatic loss of wetlands and their associated functions and values. Ducks Unlimited and NWF are partnered to advocate for restoration of the processes that created Louisiana’s coastal wetlands by nationalizing the issue and educating members of Congress. Learn about DU’s habitat projects.

Louisiana Wildlife Federation

Louisiana Wildlife Federation is the oldest non-profit conservation organization in the state of Louisiana. LWF has been working to preserve fisheries and wildlife habitat and the rights of the citizens to access and enjoy those resources since 1940 by helping establish Louisiana’s Wildlife and Fisheries Commission as well as working with state policy makers to craft laws, limits and regulations that ensure the long-term sustainability of the state’s natural habitats, fisheries and wildlife. The Louisiana Wildlife Federation and its 25 affiliate organizations represent more than 10,000 hunters, anglers, trappers, hikers, bird watchers, biologists and other outdoorsmen and women across the state.