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.

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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1,000 Miles: Reestablishing 16 Miles of Utah’s Otter Creek


The old culvert was undersized and created erosion as well as a seasonal fish passage barrier
Photo by Trout Unlimited

As part of the Orvis/TU 1,000 Miles campaign, Trout Unlimited has been working with the Bureau of Land Management and private ranchers to improve fish passage at culverts and irrigation diversions on the three forks of Otter Creek. Over a dozen fish passage improvements…

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The Sun River: Flows Restored and Friendships Forged


Typical low summer flows on the Sun River near Augusta, MT
Photo by Laura Ziemer, Trout Unlimited

On the arid Rocky Mountain Front, water scarcity is a constant. The Sun River flows 70 miles from its headwaters in the Bob Marshall Wilderness out of the Rocky Mountain Front to join the Missouri River outside the town of Great Falls, Montana. Although rugged in its mountain beauty, it is often called “next-year country,”…

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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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