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.

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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Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Reef Ball Fact Sheet


Written by: Daryl Kenny

A curious sea bass checks out one of CBF’s reef balls
Photo by CBF

For the second year in a row, an Orvis Customer Matching Grant has been awarded to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Oyster Restoration program. Oysters are one on Mother Nature’s most efficient water filters, and through the increase of their numbers and health, the health of the Bay is being reclaimed….

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Video: A Cool Timelapse of How a Culvert Project Creates More Trout Habitat


Written by: Daryl Kenny

One of the happy, healthy residents of Fish Creek
Photo by Trout Unlimited

Check out this amazing timelapse video of the repair of a wildly dysfunctional culvert on Fish Creek, UT. For more information on how Orvis is partnering with Trout Unlimited to. . .

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Orvis/TU 1,000 Miles: George Creek


Written by: Daryl Kenny

George Creek culvert prior to replacement. Note width of outflow pool and overflow pipe, above right.
Photo by NNWC

George Creek Culvert Project – Nestucca River, Oregon

The Nestucca River on Oregon’s North Coast is a major producer of wild salmon (chinook, coho, chum) and trout (winter steelhead and coastal cutthroat). George Creek is a critical spawning and rearing tributary to the lower Nestucca used by all of these species.

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Rare: A Recipe for Seafood Survival


Fresh catch on ice
Photo by Associated Press

The following is a piece that recently appeared in the Huffington Post, authored by PBS “Saving the Ocean” host Carl Safina and Rare CEO Brett Jenks:

You know that hunger and the oceans are on a collision course when your 89-year-old mother phones you — as Safina’s mom did this morning — and says, “Did you see the article saying that we’re driving seafood extinct? We’d better go get some oysters and some blackfish before they’re all gone!” The irony wasn’t entirely lost on her…

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Deschutes River Alliance: Why It Matters


Written by: Daryl Kenny

On the shore of the Deschutes
Photo by David Moskowitz

Some poignant memories and heartfelt observations from DRA President Greg McMillan:

“The lower Deschutes River is monitored and managed by a complex ménage of
government agencies, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and of course
Portland General Electric.

So what does a group like the DRA have to add…

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