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.

American Rivers: Progress on the Iconic Columbia


Written by: Jon Bash

Dams throughout the Columbia watershed continue to cut off salmon from their spawning grounds.

The Columbia River may very well top the list in a conversation about iconic western river systems. Deemed the second most endangered river by American Rivers, the flows and eddies of the Columbia are far different than the ones paddled by Lewis and Clark in this nations first great western adventure…

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Lewa Wildlife Conservancy: Saving Stripes


Written by: Jon Bash

Photo by Frank AF Petersens via Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

This sub-population of Grevy’s has become a focal point in Lewa’s research which has contributed to improving the long term national strategy plan. Earlier this spring a monumental field mission took place, Marwell Wildlife conservation biologist Dr. Zeke Davidson set out with a team from Lewa and KWS staff in an effort to…

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TU 1,000 Miles: New York’s Dry Brook Flows Again


Written by: Jon Bash

The replacement of the Dry Brook culvert opened up 1.8 miles of high quality trout habitat in the Beaverkill watershed.
Photo by TU September 2014

Nestled in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains near Roscoe, NY, the Dry Brook can now flow freely once again thanks to another successful culvert replacement by our friends at Trout Unlimited and their 1,000 Miles Campaign.

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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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