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.

Everglades Foundation: Making Conservation Look Good!


Written by: Daryl Kenny

These ladies really live their work!
Photo by Everglades Foundation

As regular readers of the Orvis News may have noticed, for the past year we’ve been deeply committed to the work being done to restore the health and well-being of Florida’s Everglades. Working in partnership with our friends at The Everglades Foundation we have been working to restore water flows south of Lake Okeechobee and to stop discharges down the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers….

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Orvis Solar Installation Completed


Written by: Daryl Kenny

Solar Array at Orvis HQ
Photo by Orvis

What better time than Earth Day to announce the installation of solar panels at Orvis corporate headquarters in Sunderland, VT? The Orvis Company has partnered with New Hampshire based solar developer and financier, SunRaise Investments, for the installation of a 75 kilowatt solar array.

Occupying 12,000 square feet of the building’s rooftop, the array is anticipated to generate approximately 20% of Orvis’ electricity needs. The environmental benefits are both significant and measurable, with each year the solar panels saving nearly 70,000 pounds of coal from being burned or 7,200 gallons of gasoline getting consumed….

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Great News for the Everglades: Bill to Create Reservoir South of Okeechobee Passes in the Florida Senate


Written by: Phil Monahan

The plan to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee is one step closer to becoming a reality.
Graphic via the Everglades Foundation

For more than a year, we have been posting about the fight to restore water flows south of Lake Okeechobee and to stop discharges down the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie . . .

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Everglades Foundation: Success in Congress


Written by: Daryl Kenny

Hope for America’s Everglades
Photo by Orvis stock

Orvis strongly supports the outstanding work of the Everglades Foundation to restore, protect and preserve the Everglades. Today we celebrate the bipartisan passage of the Water Resources Development Act by the House of Representatives, following its approval in the Senate on September 15th. If you’re interested in protecting the flow of clean, fresh waters to the Everglades, Florida Bay and the Florida Keys, join us in signing the #NoworNeverglades Declaration.

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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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