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.

Bristol Bay Fly Fishing & Guide Academy: Commencement


Written by: Daryl Kenny

Congratulations to the 2016 Graduating Class of the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing & Guide Academy
Photo by BBFFGA

Is there anything quite as inspiring as the pride and enthusiasm of a group of fresh-faced young men and women celebrating a landmark achievement? Instead of sporting cap and gown, however, this bunch is looking pretty great in waders and ball caps!

Meet the 2016 graduating class of the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy! Located in Bristol Bay, AK, the Academy merges salmon and river education with recreation and conservation principles to educate, engage and inspire Bristol Bay young adults to become local leaders…

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation: What Are Oysters Hiding???


Written by: Daryl Kenny

How much do you know about oysters?!
Photo by CBF

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Oyster Restoration project has been one of Orvis’ Customer Matching Grants for the past two years. Oysters are pretty remarkable little rascals who have more talents than most of us realize!

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CBF: Supreme Court Backs Chesapeake Bay Clean-Up Plan


Written by: Daryl Kenny

Sunrise at Thomas Point Lighthouse
Photo by Mike Cromwell

Recently the Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the Chesapeake Bay clean-up plan, thereby ending an attempt by the American Farm Bureau to stop it. One of Orvis’ Customer Matching Grant initiatives is the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Oyster Restoration project, which is an integral part of that plan.

We celebrate this victory with our friends at CBF, and invite you to check out the following article which appeared on the Field & Stream website:

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Russian River: Restoring Endangered Salmon


Endangered coho salmon returning to the Russian River, California
Photo by Nick Bauer

By Deborah Seiler and Mariska Obedzinski

The Russian River watershed once supported tens of thousands of coho salmon, attracting anglers from around the world. By the end of the last century, their numbers had dwindled. . .

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Anglers Must Stand Up for the Beaverhead

Written by: Guy Alsentzer and Wade Fellin


The Beaverhead River is home to some beautiful trout.
Photo courtesy Big Hole Lodge

The Beaverhead is one of the Lower 48’s finest fisheries. Its upper reaches are a classic tailwater fishery, while its middle and lower stretches more resemble a spring creek, with clear. . .

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NWF: Northern Rockies and Prairies Photo Contest


Written by: Daryl Kenny

Luck Shines on the Fishing Hole
Photo by Leah Grunzke

Tomorrow is the last day to enter the NWF/Orvis Northern Rockies and Prairies Photo Contest. Don’t miss your chance to have your photo appear in next summer’s National Wildlife Magazine as well as to win a $500 gift card from Orvis. Want to see what you’re up against?…

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