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.

New Film about Atlantic salmon conservation


Written by: Phil Monahan

Home For Salmon outtake 1 from Danica Film AS / Kristian Topp on Vimeo.

“Home for Salmon” is a film about conservation in the Atlantic Salmon Reserve (ASR). Located on Russia’s Kola Peninsula and comprising the watersheds of the Kharlovka, Eastern Litza, Rynda and Zolotaya rivers, the ASR is in need of serious protection. From the ASR Web site:…

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Action Alert: Fight Higher Quotas for Striped Bass


Written by: Phil Monahan
Stripers Forever

As the results from the this year’s Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby showed, striper populations are not as healthy as some would have us believe. The total number of striped bass entered in the Derby was 384 fish—the lowest number since bass were reintroduced to the Derby in 1997 and eight fish less than the previous low set in 2008. But the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) is about to vote on a proposal to increase the number of bass commercial fishermen can harvest. The conservation organization Stripers Forever sent out this call to action:

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Au Sable Opportunity


Written by: Phil Monahan


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A matching grant offers a great chance to double your contribution to conservation efforts.
photo courtesy Anglers of the Au Sable

The Anglers of the Au Sable have been given a wonderful opportunity. The Charlevoix County Community Foundation has stepped forward and offered to the Anglers a “Challenge Matching Grant” of $20,000. That means that the Anglers of the Au Sable must raise $20,000 in order to receive this matching grant of $20,000.00. The challenge is raising $20,000 by January 1, 2011.

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Trout Unlimited Podcast – TU and Field & Stream’s Best Wild Places Tour


Written by: Phil Monahan

This summer, Trout Unlimited partnered with Field & Stream to showcase the Best Wild Places in America. The tour highlights six spots out West where people can experience some of the best hunting and fishing and most spectacular wilderness in the country. By fishing and hunting in these places, the goal is to inspire people to visit these places–all of which are located on public land.

Also, we hope to raise awareness about how special these places are so that they may receive the protection they deserve. Each one of the places on the tour faces some threat–development, energy disputes, or other threats that has the potential to rob future generations from the chance to experience the landscapes and wildlife. In this podcast, TU’s President and CEO, Chris Wood, talks with Chris Hunt, of TU’s Sportsmen’s Conservation Project, about the tour.

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Trout Unlimited Podcast – Hydrofracking the Marcellus Shale


Written by: Phil Monahan

Phil Monahan of OrvisNews.com has called the development of gas resources in the Marcellus Shale the “Pebble Mine of the East”.

Hear Chris Wood, CEO of Trout Unlimited, and his guest, TU’s Elizabeth Maclin, VP for Eastern Conservation discuss what the Marcellus Shale project entails, what “hydro-fracking” is and the potential impact on coldwater resources of Northern Appalachia.

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Trout Unlimited Podcast – Trout in the Clasroom


Written by: Phil Monahan

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It’s back to school–and TU’s program, Trout in the Classroom, is part of the curriculum in hundreds of schools around the country. The program helps children learn about trout and conservation by raising trout in aquariums.
In this podcast, TU President and CEO Chris Wood talks with two TU volunteers in New York state about their experience teaching children about the wonders of trout and their life cycles. Stacey Weirl is a physical education teacher who teaches kindergarten through fifth grade at the Fox Meadow Elementary School in Scarsdale, New York. Also joining Chris is a longtime TU volunteer, John Genovesi. John is the past president of the Croton Watershed TU chapter and directs the Trout in the Classroom program in Westchester County, New York. For more information about Trout in the Classroom, go to http://www.troutintheclassroom.org/
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