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.

UPDATE II: Virginia’s Public-Access Controversy Continues to Raise Questions

Written by: Phil Monahan

Private Sign on the Jackson

The case in Virginia hinges on the question of whether or not landowners also own the river.

photo by Beau Beasley

Editor’s Note: Author and conservation writer Beau Beasley first broke the story of a fly angler in Virginia being sued for fishing on what the state claims is public property, and we have posted about it twice (here and here). He has covered the lawsuit North /South vs Crawford from the beginning, and his open letter to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has brought much needed light to several questions concerning anglers that fish in Virginia waters. He has agreed to allow Orvis News to post his letter, and provided us a response from VDGIF. The author can be reached through his website.
First, here’s Beau’s Open letter: . . .


Four Conservation Videos Worth Your Time

Written by: Phil Monahan


James Prosek paints fish from life as a way to help preserve them.

photo courtesy The Nature Conservancy

In the course of putting together this week’s Friday Film Festival, I ran across several great videos with conservation themes, so I thought I’d do a mini Conservation Film festival over on this blog. I hope you enjoy the videos.