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.

National Wildlife Refuge Association 2012 Photography Contest Winners

Written by: Kathleen Moore

The Orvis Company was thrilled to help sponsor the National Wildlife Refuge Association’s annual Refuge Photography Contest. The winners captured some truly breathtaking shots showcasing America’s national wildlife refuges.

The winning photograph is below, but be sure to check out all the other finalists right here. Congratulations to all the winners!

FIRST PLACE: Young Bobcat, San Bernard NWR, TX by Keith Ramos


Big Victory for Those Seeking to Protect the “Sacred Headwaters”

Written by: Phil Monahan

Back in September, we posted the above video and suggested that we, as a society, needed to have a larger discussion about mines and natural treasures. Today I got an email from Orvis Bellevue’s Leland Miyawaki, which linked to an exciting story in today’s Globe and Mail. It’s not often that those seeking to protect pristine wilderness get such. . .


Historic Vote This Week Could Determine the Future of Atlantic Fishing

[Editor’s Note: My friend Terry Gibson at Fly & Light Tackle Angler shot me a note over the weekend to remind me that there is an important vote on the future of menhaden this Friday. Here’s some background provided by Terry and his fellow editors.]

This Friday, December 14, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will hold a vote that could determine the fate of recreational fishing and the ecosystems that our fisheries depend upon along the United States’ Eastern Seaboard. The vote is in regard to the future management of Atlantic menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus), commonly called “pogies,” “bunker,” or “moss bunker.” Whether you target tarpon in the Florida Keys, stripers in Maine, or virtually. . .