Orvis/TU 1,000 Miles Campaign. Reconnecting Rivers.
Donate Now & Orvis will match your contribution. Orvis is partnering with its customers in a matching funds grant, with a goal of $180,000 to reconnect streams by replacing or repairing faulty culverts throughout the U.S. This year Orvis is donating $90,000 in matching funds so that every $100 you donate will become $200. It will offer the best dollar-for-dollar return in restoring fish habitat. Please send your check payable to Trout Unlimited (Memo: 1,000 Miles Campaign) C/O The Orvis Company, 178 Conservation Way, Sunderland, VT 05250 or donate online. How about 1,000 more miles of this?

PROGRESS REPORTS

Get the latest updates on culvert projects now in progress:

Murphy Brook, VT
Tabor Brook, NH
Mabel Creek, OR
Crazy Creek, OR

Help the Orvis-Trout Unlimited 1,000 Miles Campaign reach its goal to reconnect 1,000 miles of fishable streams by repairing or replacing poorly constructed culverts throughout the U.S. Culverts are significant impediments to fish passage and survival—just as significant as a major dam—but the solution is dramatically simpler. Many need to be removed or modified, the cost is minimal, and the overall impact to many watersheds is significant. Funds raised by the Orvis-TU 1,000 Miles Campaign will go toward the engineering and removing of culverts, with the goal of reconnecting over 1,000 miles of fishable habitat. Presently, there are projects that involve culvert improvement or removal on Kinne Brook in Massachusetts, the upper Connecticut River in New Hampshire, the Shenandoah valley in Virginia, Big Slough Creek in Wisconsin, the Deschutes River in Oregon, the Bear River in Wyoming, and many others.

You can help reconnect rivers throughout the US by giving to the Orvis/TU 1,000 Miles Campaign. in 2012-13, Orvis is donating $180,000 in matching funds so that every $100 you donate will become $200. Please send your check payable to Trout Unlimited (Memo: “1,000 Miles Campaign”), c/o The Orvis Company, 178 Conservation Way, Sunderland, VT 05250 or donate online
Before and After culvert repair image.How a culvert repair improves a stream:
In many rivers throughout the U.S., outdated and environmentally unsound culverts block fish passage, in essence creating a series of dams on small tributaries to larger rivers. These culverts negatively impact fish spawning, block fish passage into these tributaries, and take away miles upon miles of fishable water. By repairing existing culverts, or by replacing these culverts altogether, fish are once again able to swim upstream. The process is simple, and highly cost effective. In place of small, often elevated culverts, larger culverts are buried halfway into the streambed and filled with a natural bottom. This creates a more ecologically friendly passage for fish, and opens up miles of spawning grounds, habitat, and fishable water. Every dollar you donate will be used to improve these streams, and the impact will be felt by fish—and anglers—all across the country for years to come.
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