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.

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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Anglers Rally to Save East Coast Striper Stocks

Written by: Capt. Dave Pecci, Obsession Charters


East Coast striper stocks are in decline, and anglers want to do something about it.
Photo courtesy Scott McEnaney

The numbers tell the story: the striped bass harvest from Maine to North Carolina has decreased by 7.9 million pounds since 2008, and the spawning stock has dropped by. . .

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Part Three: Mount Polley Disaster Can Repeat Itself If We Don’t Learn Its Lessons

Written by: Chris Hunt


Photo via tu.org

Mining can be a dirty business, as we saw earlier this month when the dam holding back toxic tailings from the Mount Polley Mine in British Columbia broke, sending 1.3 billion gallons of contaminated water into Hazeltine Creek and the headwaters of the fabled. . .

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The Next Indiana Jones…wearing Orvis!


Written by: Daryl Kenny

Future Archaelogist Simon P. Sherman III looking good in the Yucatan
Photo by Simon P. Sherman, Jr.

Recently we received the above image of twenty-year-old Simon Paul Sherman III, working hard in the heart of the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula. The picture was sent in by his proud Dad, Simon P. Sherman, Jr., who reported: “An Archaeology/Anthropology student at Millsaps College, Simon is experiencing first-hand the aspects that make up an exploration…

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Part II: BC Mine Disaster Proves Need for More Review of New Mines

Written by: Mark Kaelke


The Taku River, southeast Alaska’s greatest sockeye salmon stream, runs at the base of Taku Glacier southeast of Juneau.
Photo courtesy TU

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series running on the Trout Unlimited blog about how the Mount Polley Mine dam disaster could have devastating impacts on salmon in Alaska if proposed mines are allowed to be constructed in important salmon watersheds. You can read the. . .

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Part One: BC Mine Dam Failure Shows Why Pebble is a Disaster in Waiting

Written by: Zach Cockrum


The level of devastation from breach of the Mount Polley gold and copper mine tailings pond is staggering.
Photo courtesy of Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre

One of the most frequent claims of promoters of the proposed Pebble Mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska, is that modern technology means the failures of “tailings ponds” is highly unlikely.  However, just this week, an earthen dam at the. . .

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Harris Creek


Written by: Daryl Kenny

CBF volunteer Patrick Beall “planting” an oyster reef at Harris Creek
Photo by Josh Bollinger

The staff and volunteers at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a 2014 Orvis Customer Matching Grant partner, are having a busy summer shoveling shells! Recently a group went out to the Harris Creek oyster sanctuary

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Act Now: This Is a Great Chance to Stop Pebble Mine for Good!


Written by: Daryl Kenny

The Battle Ground
Photo by Pat Clayton aka FishEyeGuy

The fight to save the treasure that is Bristol Bay has been long and hard, but it appears as if the end is in sight! In an EPA Executive Summary a proposal is made to guard against large scale mining efforts such as. . .

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