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.

Video: “Casting a Voice” Against a Pipeline Project That Threatens Wild Steelhead


Written by: Phil Monahan

CASTING A VOICE – 5 MINUTE TEASER from Barbless Fly Media on Vimeo.

“Casting a Voice” is a fly-fishing conservation film, produced by Barbless Fly Media, that uses the perspective of anglers to examine the risks facing one of British Columbia’s most precious resources—wild fish. The proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project would run through some of the most abundant wild salmon and steelhead waters left on the planet. The Skeena River and its tributaries remain a. . .

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Photo Essay: Ground-Zero Images of the Pebble Mine Site Show What’s at Stake


Written by: Phil Monahan


The New Halen River flows between Lake Clark and Lake Iliamna, and offers some of the least
tried Class 6 whitewater in North America. It will also have a bridge over it and a haul road
next to it if the Pebble Mine is constructed.

photo by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Award-winning photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum is known for his stunning images that highlight important environmental issues. In fact, Audubon magazine listed him as one of the 100 people “who shaped the environmental movement of the 20th Century.”

He has recently started posting images from a series that he calls “Pebble Mine—Pictures from Ground Zero.” Enjoy the beauty in the photos here, and then try to imagine that same landscape scarred by. . .

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Planting Brook Trout In Canadaway Creek

Here are a couple images and a video documenting our recent outings into Canadaway Creek this past spring and fall. They featured a few children, community members and mentors from Sportfishing and Aquatic Resource Educational Programming (S.A.R.E.P.) Youth Fly-Fishing Program who were able to come help us in our efforts to repopulate Canadaway Creek with brook trout. . .

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The Orvis/TU 1000 Miles Campaign: Mabel Creek of the Youngs River, Oregon


Written by: Kathleen Moore

The Orvis/Trout Unlimited 1,000 Miles Campaign’s goal is to reconnect 1,000 miles of fishable streams by repairing or replacing poorly constructed culverts throughout the U.S.


Cutthroat country: Oregon’s Youngs River near Astoria, where groups are joining forces to restore habitat for native coastal trout.


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Help Protect Wyoming’s Hoback Basin from Oil and Gas Exploration


Written by: Phil Monahan

For years the Wyoming community has been fighting proposed oil and gas development in the Wyoming Range, about 30 miles south of Jackson. In 2011, Plains Exploration & Production (PXP), a Houston-based company, announced plans to develop the Noble Basin of the Hoback with a project that would scar the landscape with 136 natural gas wells. If this project were approved, it would be the first drilling project along the headwaters of a wild & scenic river, and for that reason. . .

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UPDATE: Orvis, BBA team up for Hurricane Sandy Relief


Written by: Kathleen Moore


Orvis and BBA are teaming up for Hurricane Sandy Relief

photo via “allfab3” on Instagram

We announced Monday that Orvis and Burr and Burton Academy are teaming up to help those in need to bring much needed items for victims of Hurricane Sandy in NY & NJ.

Saturday is the last day to bring items by. We’ve received word that more than enough clothing has been donated, so here is an updated list of needed items:

    • Baby items (diapers, baby formula)
    • Batteries
    • Blankets and sleeping bags
    • Bottled water
    • Cleaning supplies (Clorox Bleach)
    • Dry gas, gas cans
    • Duraflame logs
    • Extension cords (220w extension cords and plugs)
    • Garden spray
    • Generators
    • Gloves
    • Hand and feet warmers
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Hats
    • Non-perishable food items (granola bars)
    • Paper Towels
    • Personal care items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, body lotion, deodorant, combs, brushes, feminine hygienic products)
    • Socks
    • Toilet Paper
    • Tools
    • Trash bags (preferably contractor grade)
    • Work gloves

Items are being collected on the Orvis Green in Manchester, VT: Rt. 7A, in between the Flagship & Outlet Stores (map), Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-3.

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Orvis, BBA team up for Hurricane Sandy Relief


Written by: Kathleen Moore


Orvis and BBA are teaming up for Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Orvis Co. & Burr and Burton Academy will once again team up to help those in need, to bring much needed items for victims of Hurricane Sandy in NY & NJ.

All Manchester, VT area residents and businesses are encouraged to donate relief items at the Orvis Green, Rt. 7A, in between the Flagship & Outlet Stores (map), Thursday & Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-3.

Needed supplies include winter clothing, socks, under garments, linens, blankets, non-perishable food items, personal care items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, body lotion, deodorant, combs, brushes), baby items, bottled water, batteries, kids toys, books, games, puzzles. Orvis will pack and ship all items collected with the help of BBA students, faculty and staff and Orvis employees…

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