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 01.28.11


Written by: Eric Rickstad


skagit

Because preseason estimates suggest that numbers of wild salmon returning to some northern Puget Sound watersheds will fall short of the target, the Washington DFW has announced several river closures. Fishing will close next week on the Nooksack, Snohomish, Stillaguamish and Skagit river systems, as well as several streams along the. . .

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Conservation News 01.20.11


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Poachers toss thousands of fish : wavy.com

Today brings two updates to yesterday’s story about the slaughter of striped bass off the coast of North Carolina. The most shock news is that what the commercial trawlers were doing—”culling” their catches—might be  completely legal. According to Lee Tolliver in The Virginia-Pilot, “As thousands and thousands of fish are left to float dead for everyone to witness—so that these trawler captains can get a few bigger fish to sell—ugly truths are emerging. North Carolina fisheries managers actually allow culling in state waters. Investigations that are supposedly ongoing won’t result. . .

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Action Alert: Protecting Michigan’s Mason Tract


Written by: Eric Rickstad


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Marvin Roberson of the conservation organization Anglers of the Au Sable
surveys the Au Sable River.

photo courtesy the Sierra Club

Marvin Roberson of the conservation organization Anglers of the Au Sable has sent out this action alert—which requires you to act TODAY—about the Mason Tract on the Au Sable River:

Mason Tract Protection-One Last Push!

We have a unique opportunity to give the Mason Tract the protection it deserves, but we need to act now. The Michigan DNR is in the final phases of designating “Biodiversity Stewardship Areas” (BSAs). These BSAs are what will form the “Michigan Living Legacies” program. These BSAs will be designated. . . 

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Preserving Ugashik Narrows Update


Written by: Eric Rickstad

The purpose of The Conservation Fund’s Ugashik Narrows Project is to permanently protect scenic, the fish-rich Ugashik Lake and Narrows within the Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge by acquiring a 31-acre strategic private tract at Ugashik Narrows. Ugashik Narrows connects two large lakes—Upper and Lower Ugashik.

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Living Simply and Saving Sea Turtles


Keller-Mass Exodus

Olive Ridley sea turtles, raised in a nursery at Nicaragua’s Los Cardones Lodge, 
head for the ocean where they can live for as long as 80 years.

photo by Meg & Patrick Keller

My wife, Meg, and I decided to take a break from the Vermont cold and head south for Christmas. The plan was to meet my brother, his girlfriend and our soon-to-be friend Bill off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua for some fishing and diving. Our good friend Brett mentioned that we should make an effort to spend a few days on the Pacific side, as well, at an eco-surf lodge called. . .

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Protect Nature: Take a Kid Fishing


Written by: Simon Perkins

All sportsmen and women understand their obligation to conservation—without the resource, we have nothing. Many great organizations operate around the globe working hard to serve the species, habitats and ecosystems that need our immediate attention. To do our part, we find a compelling effort, and if possible, give them our time, money, sweat, endorsement, or whatever we can afford. Flip through the Orvis catalog or browse the website and you’ll find a handful of environmental projects well worth backing.

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Big Oil Wins First “Big Haul” Battle


Written by: Eric Rickstad

The attorney appointed by the Idaho Transportation Department to hear arguments against allowing “mega-load shipments” of oversize refinery equipment over highways through some scenic valleys along the Clearwater and Lochsa rivers has recommended that permits for four such shipments be issued to ConocoPhillips. Attorney Merlyn Clark said that he believes the loads can be transported safely and with “minimum inconvenience to the general public.” Opponents had argued. . .

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