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.

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. . .

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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:

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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.

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Salmon & Trout Victory: Major Breakthrough on Phosphate


Written by: Daryl Kenny

The UK’s lovely River Itchen
Photo by Salmon & Trout Association

We were delighted to learn from our friends and colleagues in the UK that, thanks in no small part to the work of the Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) and Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (HIWWT), for the first time ever, the UK’s Environment Agency (EA) has decided to limit phosphate discharges into the legendary River Itchen. This is an important step…

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1,000 Miles: Moose Run Post-Irene


Written by: Daryl Kenny

A severely perched culvert
Photo by Colin Lawson

Prior to Tropical Storm Irene (TSI), the Moose Run road stream crossing on Nason Brook was a 35-foot long, 4-foot corrugated metal pipe located 2.35 miles upstream from the mainstem of the White River in Rochester, Vermont. The culvert washed out completely due to severe flooding…

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Chesapeake Bay Infographic: What’s the Deal with Oysters?


Written by: Daryl Kenny

Chesapeake Bay Foundation is a recipient of a 2014 Orvis Customer Matching Grant. Their recent blog features some interesting facts on why oysters are such a vital part of the Bay ecosystem. To learn more about this program (or if you’d like Orvis to match your donation, dollar for dollar), visit CBF.

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The 2014 Orvis Angler’s Choice Award to Benefit American Rivers’ Most Endangered Rivers


Written by: Kathleen Moore

The Colorado River was last year’s #1 Most Endangered River and the Orvis Angler’s Choice
Photo via American Rivers, ©Pete McBride

Our friends at American Rivers have released their annual list of The Ten Most Endangered Rivers in America.

At Orvis, we know the importance of protecting and restoring our nation’s rivers and streams, which is why we were proud to sponsor this report for the fifth consecutive year. In order to celebrate these rivers and spread awareness of their endangered status, we’re asking you to vote for your favorite among the ten.

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Photos: Reconnecting Fish Creek, Part of the Orvis/TU 1,000 Miles Project

Written by: Paul Burnett, TU Weber River Restoration Project Manager


The Fish Creek culvert before complete failure in 2010.

Sometimes, we are left with a mess. I was recently talking to Charles, one of the landowners involved in our Fish Creek Reconnection project in Utah’s Weber River Basin. He was telling me about how. . .

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