This blog highlights conservation issues we feel are important to fly fishers and others who love outdoor sports, and we cover the latest and most pressing environmental issues affecting wildlife habitat and resource conservation. Orvis believes that, if we are to benefit from the use of our natural resources and environment, we must be willing to act to preserve them. Therefore, the company commits 5% of pre-tax profits to protecting nature.

Part Three: Mount Polley Disaster Can Repeat Itself If We Don’t Learn Its Lessons

Written by: Chris Hunt

Photo via

Mining can be a dirty business, as we saw earlier this month when the dam holding back toxic tailings from the Mount Polley Mine in British Columbia broke, sending 1.3 billion gallons of contaminated water into Hazeltine Creek and the headwaters of the fabled. . .


The Next Indiana Jones…wearing Orvis!

Written by: Daryl Kenny

Future Archaelogist Simon P. Sherman III looking good in the Yucatan
Photo by Simon P. Sherman, Jr.

Recently we received the above image of twenty-year-old Simon Paul Sherman III, working hard in the heart of the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula. The picture was sent in by his proud Dad, Simon P. Sherman, Jr., who reported: “An Archaeology/Anthropology student at Millsaps College, Simon is experiencing first-hand the aspects that make up an exploration…


Part II: BC Mine Disaster Proves Need for More Review of New Mines

Written by: Mark Kaelke

The Taku River, southeast Alaska’s greatest sockeye salmon stream, runs at the base of Taku Glacier southeast of Juneau.
Photo courtesy TU

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series running on the Trout Unlimited blog about how the Mount Polley Mine dam disaster could have devastating impacts on salmon in Alaska if proposed mines are allowed to be constructed in important salmon watersheds. You can read the. . .


Part One: BC Mine Dam Failure Shows Why Pebble is a Disaster in Waiting

Written by: Zach Cockrum

The level of devastation from breach of the Mount Polley gold and copper mine tailings pond is staggering.
Photo courtesy of Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre

One of the most frequent claims of promoters of the proposed Pebble Mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska, is that modern technology means the failures of “tailings ponds” is highly unlikely.  However, just this week, an earthen dam at the. . .


Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Harris Creek

Written by: Daryl Kenny

CBF volunteer Patrick Beall “planting” an oyster reef at Harris Creek
Photo by Josh Bollinger

The staff and volunteers at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a 2014 Orvis Customer Matching Grant partner, are having a busy summer shoveling shells! Recently a group went out to the Harris Creek oyster sanctuary


Act Now: This Is a Great Chance to Stop Pebble Mine for Good!

Written by: Daryl Kenny

The Battle Ground
Photo by Pat Clayton aka FishEyeGuy

The fight to save the treasure that is Bristol Bay has been long and hard, but it appears as if the end is in sight! In an EPA Executive Summary a proposal is made to guard against large scale mining efforts such as. . .


Rare: Making Strides with Fish Forever to Protect Belize’s Unique Fisheries

Belizean Fishers discuss the Managed Access program
Photo by Rare/John Chase

A recipient of an Orvis Customer Matching Grant, Rare is working to create sustainable fishing practices in Belize in an innovative way. Here is a story, courtesy of Rare’s John Chase, of how they are building a sense of community and cooperation to last for generations:


American Rivers: MER Anglers’ Choice Award

Written by: Daryl Kenny

Anglers’ Choice Winner John Muir on the Colorado
Photo by John Muir

For several years Orvis has sponsored the American Rivers Most Endangered Rivers Report, highlighting ten rivers whose fate hangs in the balance. This vitally important study seeks to draw the public’s attention to issues where they can still make a difference before it’s too late.