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.

Western Environmental Law Center: Protecting Wild Fish


A Beautiful School of Chinook Salmon
Photo by Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

Orvis Guest Blog
By Pete Frost, Attorney, Western Environmental Law Center

Protecting Wild Fish in Partnership with Orvis

“Salmon ran in runs so thick you couldn’t see the bottoms of rivers, so thick people were afraid to put their boats in for fear they would capsize, so thick they would keep people awake at night with the slapping of their tails against the water, so thick you could hear the runs for miles before you could see them.”—Derrick Jensen

This scene —a West Coast stream teeming with wild salmon—was once commonplace.

But now, everything has changed….

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Wildlife Conservation Society: #BeardsForBison Campaign


Written by: Daryl Kenny

 


November 1st is National Bison Day
Photo by Wildlife Conservation Society

Join our growing movement!

Our friends at the Wildlife Conservation Society have come up with a great way to celebrate one of the most iconic of American species: the bison. In their own words:

“National Bison Day is Saturday, November 1….

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Black Warrior Riverkeeper: Protecting Local Waters


Written by: Daryl Kenny

Surrounded by Orvis colleagues, Birmingham Manager Mary Ellen McGlothlin presents a check to
Black Warrior Riverkeeper Executive Director Charles Scribner.
Photo by Orvis

Orvis Birmingham Helps Black Warrior Riverkeeper Protect Local Waters

On behalf of its Birmingham Retail Store, The Orvis Company, Inc. has made a $2,500 grant to the Black Warrior Riverkeeper. The grant supports the non-profit organization’s mission to protect and restore Alabama’s Black Warrior River and its tributaries….

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Happy 10th Birthday to the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture. Check Out Their Accomplishments!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Formed in 2004 and fully funded by the National Fish Habitat Action Plan in 2006, the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture (EBTJV) comprises public and private entities from Trout Unlimited to 17 state fish-and-wildlife agencies to renowned universities, which have joined together to halt the decline of brook trout and to restore. . .

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Virginia is for (Oyster) Lovers


Written by: Daryl Kenny

One of the many benefits of oyster restoration
Photo by Rappahannock River Oyster Company

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Oyster Restoration Project is one of the recipients of an Orvis Customer Matching Grant. You’re welcome!

The following article, by Mary Winston Nicklin, appeared in a recent issue of USA Today:

The sun sets over the Rappahannock River and the al fresco crowd at Merroir, the acclaimed waterfront tasting room…

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Anglers Rally to Save East Coast Striper Stocks

Written by: Capt. Dave Pecci, Obsession Charters


East Coast striper stocks are in decline, and anglers want to do something about it.
Photo courtesy Scott McEnaney

The numbers tell the story: the striped bass harvest from Maine to North Carolina has decreased by 7.9 million pounds since 2008, and the spawning stock has dropped by. . .

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Part Three: Mount Polley Disaster Can Repeat Itself If We Don’t Learn Its Lessons

Written by: Chris Hunt


Photo via tu.org

Mining can be a dirty business, as we saw earlier this month when the dam holding back toxic tailings from the Mount Polley Mine in British Columbia broke, sending 1.3 billion gallons of contaminated water into Hazeltine Creek and the headwaters of the fabled. . .

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The Next Indiana Jones…wearing Orvis!


Written by: Daryl Kenny

Future Archaelogist Simon P. Sherman III looking good in the Yucatan
Photo by Simon P. Sherman, Jr.

Recently we received the above image of twenty-year-old Simon Paul Sherman III, working hard in the heart of the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula. The picture was sent in by his proud Dad, Simon P. Sherman, Jr., who reported: “An Archaeology/Anthropology student at Millsaps College, Simon is experiencing first-hand the aspects that make up an exploration…

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