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

Industry Strength, Everglades Crisis

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 the latest innovations in gear and accessories, driving fishing product sales year-round.

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 up that could have helped avoid this tragedy," said Collin O'Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation.

Conservation on Tap this Week in New Orleans

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 sportsman heritage.

Now Hiring: Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator

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 part of a highly engaged team of NWF staff and other NGO partners as part of the Mississippi River Delta Restoration and Gulf of Mexico Restoration campaigns, advocating for large-scale, high-impact coastal restoration projects throughout the Gulf with an emphasis on coastal Louisiana and Texas.

Bay Denesse

The Bay Denesse Delta Water Management Project could restore approximately 2,550 acres of less productive open water to a diverse array of highly productive habitat types, including emergent marsh, rooted floating vegetation mats, mud flats and more.

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The Bonnet Carre´ Provides Plenty of Recreational Opportunities

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. 

Register for Conservation on Tap - April 20th

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 and conservation efforts and progress.

Florida Bay: A Vision of Paradise, in Decline

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 heading to Florida Bay, at the tip of the peninsula.

Two Whole Foods Stores Designate Vanishing Paradise for Community Giving Day

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 Day on April 20th.

A Review of the 2015 Louisiana Duck Season

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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