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.

Fish-Ladder Restoration in Vermont Employs Crowd-Funding Model


Workers perform maintenance on a Mill Brook culvert.

photo courtesy cleanwaterfuture.org

Last August 28, Tropical Storm Irene dumped over 11 inches of rain in parts of Vermont in a very short time, causing massive flooding across the state. Rivers breached their banks, washing away homes, flooding towns, and forever changing the landscape. In Pomfret, Vermont, a fish ladder leading to Mill Brook was completely destroyed during the. . .

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Return of the Kings on the Elwha


Written by: Phil Monahan


Spawning king salmon have been sighted twice upriver from the former dam sites on the
newly free Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula.

photo courtesy U.S. Geological Survey

By their very nature, dam-removal projects require a certain amount of faith. Fisheries biologists can guess how fish stocks will react to freed sections of river, but no one really knows if the fish will come back—especially if they have been gone for almost a century. The recent destruction of two dams on Washington’s Elwha River is a case in point. But in this situation, it seems that, if biologists’ predictions were wrong, it’s that they. . .

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Connecticut River Watershed Council Announces 16th Annual Source to Sea Cleanup


Written by: Phil Monahan

The 410-mile-long Connecticut River is a highly decorated and productive waterway. It is one of 14 federally designated American Heritage Rivers, home to the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, and recently designated as the nation’s first National Blueway by the U.S. Department of the Interior. You can protect this resource and join thousands of other volunteers across New England combating trash problems in their towns by participating in the. . .

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Video: “Against the Current,” Battles Over Water in the American West


Written by: Phil Monahan

Against the Current from Metamorph Films on Vimeo.

Here’s a great video—made by Metamorph Films for Trout Unlimited—that explores the issue of water rights and trout conservation in the West. Using the Yellowstone River as an example, the film shows how ranching and trout conservation are often in conflict. But there are ways to irrigate crops and maintain stream flows, allowing ranchers and environmentalists to work together. It actually ends up working better for the ranchers, but it requires a willingness to look for solutions.

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