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.

Rare Fish Forever: Computer Hacking to Aid Fisheries?


Written by: Jon Bash

“With small-scale fisheries restoration in mind, Rare challenged teams to develop a measuring board or other system to automatically measure and record fish length.”
via Rare

It isn’t often that the worlds of competitive computer hacking and the improvement of our fisheries collide, but that is precisely what occurred at this year’s Fishackathon.

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Photos and Essay: Paddling on One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Written by: John Guider, with notes by Jon Bash


Sunlight on Rocks and Stream, Spencer Creek, Franklin, TN
Photo by © John Guider 2003

Editor’s Note: The on-ramp to the country’s oldest “highway” system was nothing more than a downward sloping dirt bank for the artist/photographer John Guider as he set out on an. . .

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Most Endangered Rivers: The Plight of the Edisto


The tranquil beauty of the Four Holes Swamp
Photo by Gerrit Jobsis

The following blog is a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series— Edisto River, South Carolina. Join us as we celebrate the Edisto River on our blog and social media throughout May and be sure to take action! Orvis is the corporate sponsor for American Rivers’ Most Endangered Rivers Report.

Rains have been abundant in South Carolina this spring, with major storms seemingly every week and rivers on the rise….

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Video: The Important Places


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a wonderful short film about the connection between a father and son, and the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The winner of the Most Inspirational Film award at the 2015 5Point Film Festival, this film will remind and inspire you to revere and cherish The Important Places in each and every one of us. Presented by American Rivers, NRS, & Chacos, and produced by Gnarly Bay.

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1,000 Miles: Hayes Brook, post-Irene

Written by: Mark Taylor


The under-sized and somewhat squashed Hayes Brook culvert
Photo by Trout Unlimited

So many reconstruction projects throughout New England are linked to the record-breaking floods brought by 2011′s Tropical Storm Irene. The latest installment in the Orvis/Trout Unlimited 1,000 Miles Campaign is one such project….

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The Grand Canyon: Leave It As It Is


Written by: Daryl Kenny

How’s this for magnificent?!
Photo by Thomas Blate

You may recall the lyrics from the old Joni Mitchell song, “They paved Paradise, they put up a parking lot…”. The Paradise at risk this time is nothing less than our own incomparable Grand Canyon! American Rivers reports that the Number 1 Most Endangered River in the USA is the Colorado in the Grand Canyon. This video explains why

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Oyster Migration: Fact or Fiction?


Where is Oyster Shelly off to?!
Photo by CBF

The following article, written by CBF Senior Naturalist John Page Williams, was first posted on the CBF website on April 1, 2015:

Oyster Shelly is on the move! After vacationing in the Caribbean Sea for the winter, she, along with the osprey, have come back home to the Chesapeake. We’ve been tracking Oysters Shelly, Rocky, and Pearl throughout their migration. Check it out . . .

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Orvis/TU 1,000 Miles: Nason Brook, Woodlawn Cemetery Culvert


Written by: Daryl Kenny

Woodlawn Cemetery culvert, pre-Irene
Photo by Greg Russ

Suppose you had a faulty culvert that was all set to be retrofitted to improve fish passage, and suppose a particularly tempestuous storm called Irene came to call! Courtesy of our friends at Trout Unlimited, here’s the story of what happened to the Woodlawn Cemetery culvert on Nason Brook in Rochester, VT under just those circumstances….

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