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.

Conservation News 12.28.10


Written by: Eric Rickstad


All Against the Haul

A new website called All Against the Haul has been set up to keep concerned citizens and conservationists informed about the battle to stop the planned trucking of massive mining machinery along roads in wild Idaho and northwestern Montana—including right along the famed Big Blackfoot River. David James Duncan and Rick Bass are donating the proceeds. . .

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American Rivers Action Alert!


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Our friends at American Rivers have sent out an urgent call to action, asking that conservation-minded voters call their Senators to tell them to vote YES on the America’s Great Outdoors Act. The act “would designate wilderness areas in three different states and add thousands of miles to the national trail system.”

Click “Read More” to see the entire alert and learn how you can help.

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Sacramento River Basin Project Update


Written by: Eric Rickstad

For one of our 2010 Conservation Efforts, Orvis teamed with American Rivers to help restore trout-spawning habitat in California’s Sacramento River Basin. Outdated flood and water-management systems have resulted in the loss of important meadow wetlands that purify and store water and the watershed. . .

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The Great Lakes Under Siege


Written by: Eric Rickstad

ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” did an excellent segment on the threats posed by Asian carp to Great Lakes fisheries. Although only bass-and-walleye types are interviewed here, it’s clear that salmon, trout, and steelhead populations would be gravely affected if the voracious carp. . .

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Trout Unlimited Podcast- Are Genetically Modified Trout Next?


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Jack Williams Chris Wood, TU’s President and CEO, talks with TU’s senior scientist, Jack Williams, about the looming possibility that the Federal Drug Administration will give approval to genetically modify salmon for human consumption. Could trout be the next animal to be genetically modified for food?

Click here to listen if you cannot see the player.

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